Timothy I. Mize (1950-2016)

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Timothy I. Mize

Aug 29, 1950 – May 24, 2016

Timothy Irwin Mize departed this life on May 24, 2016. Born in Wynne, Arkansas, on August 29, 1950, he was the third child of Benjamin Rudolph Mize, Sr. and Patti Jean English (nee Barnes). Among the places he called home during his 65 years are Forrest City, Arkansas; Aberdeen, Mississippi; U.S. Army bases throughout Germany; Orlando, Florida; and Yukon, Oklahoma.

He met his wife of 43 years, Karla I.L. Mize (nee Speck) while stationed in Germany with the Army Security Agency. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Oklahoma where their daughter, Rebekka V.G. Mastin (nee Mize) was born. He attended the University of Oklahoma and received a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctorate. He was a longtime attorney and counselor at law in Canadian County, Oklahoma.

Timothy was a true Renaissance man. He could do almost anything – break a horse, juggle, pick a lock, write haiku, shape bonsai, tune a car engine, build a birdhouse, paint a landscape or carve a chain out of a single block of wood. His interests were so varied that his bookshelves covered topics from astronomy or constellations to calculus or Southern Lit.

Even though he was an accomplished attorney, it was his titles of husband to Karla, Papa to Bekka and Grandpa to Oliver, Penelope and Isaak that brought him the most pride and joy.

Timothy eagerly donated his time to many worthwhile causes. He was chairman of the Canadian County American Heart Association, served on the Pro Bono panel, was chairman of the Yukon Board of Adjustments, served as Law Day county chairman, was a mentor in the Oklahoma National Guard Bootcamp Mentor Program, was an attorney advisor to the Yukon High School Mock Trial team, and he served as Judge Advocate for the American Legion Department of Oklahoma among many other volunteer positions.

Timothy was big-hearted yet humble. He often offered assistance without seeking recognition. He was known to pick up hitchhikers and feed them, befriend the downtrodden, and help “outsiders” in numerous ways. He opened his home not only to family and friends but also the occasional elderly client whose home was being fumigated. Despite many trials and tribulations in his life, he managed to keep smiling and keep his friends and family laughing.

He was preceded in death by his father; his mother; his step-father, Olin Linwood English, Jr.; his brother, Benjamin R. Mize, Jr.; his sister Mary Jean Pruitt (nee Mize); his niece Jeanne Marie Pruitt; and his grandson, Jakob Oliver Mastin.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Timothy is survived by his son-in-law, Jeffery Neil Mastin of Raleigh, NC; nephew Hans K. Mize and wife Dinna, of Tustin, CA; niece Anna Elizabeth Bell (nee Mize) and husband Jim of San Mateo, CA; niece Heather Marie Bacchus (nee Mize) and husband, Riad, of Mission Viejo, CA; nephew John R. “Robbie” Pruitt III of Toulon, IL; his grandchildren, Penelope and James Isaak Mastin, of Raleigh, NC; his great-nieces Kourtney, Kaitlyn, Kristyn, Sierra, and Camryn; his great-nephew Jeffrey; and numerous aunts, cousins, and friends.

Memorial gifts may be made in lieu of flowers to:

www.CureSMA.org,

www.HopeHarborInc.org, or

www.TiptonChildrenshome.org.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at South Yukon Church of Christ with interment at Frisco Cemetery immediately following.

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