IN MEMORIAM: Rancher, veteran, educator, coach Oscar L. Medley passes away December 17

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Oscar Leroy Medley April 7, 1944 - December 17,2019

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FORT DAVIS - Oscar Leroy Medley was born on April 7, 1944 in Marfa, Texas, to Wilbur Bion Medley and Mary Isabelle Bloys Medley.

He grew up in Fort Davis and Valentine, graduating from Fort Davis High School in 1962. After graduation, Oscar joined the United States Navy, and served two tours in Vietnam, aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard.

Oscar was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for heroism. He married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Grubb, in Fort Davis on December 23, 1963, and theirs would be a lifelong love story.

After his service in the Navy was complete, Oscar and Barbara returned to Fort Davis, where they raised their two children. Oscar worked on several ranches in the area while he was working on his college degree.

Oscar completed his Bachelor’s degree at Sul Ross State University, and in 1975, became the head girls’ coach at Fort Davis High School.

He led numerous volleyball teams to Regional and State Tournaments, including winning Fort Davis’ first State Championship in 1980. He also coached several state champions in tennis.

His final coaching appearance was in the state championship match in 1987. After coaching, Oscar obtained his Master’s degree and developed a very successful Building Trades curriculum at Fort Davis High School.

Oscar’s first class started with their tools on the tennis court, and built the shop from the ground up. Many of his students are involved professionally in various areas of construction today.

Before his retirement, Oscar was the principal at Fort Davis High School, retiring at the turn of the millennium.

After retirement from the school business, Oscar opened his real estate business in Fort Davis, retiring again in 2019.

A lifelong cowboy and rancher, Oscar took over full-time operations of his ranch in 1978, continuing that pursuit for the next 31 years. He was never happier than when he was on his horse, doing something with his cows.

Above all else, Oscar was a dedicated Christian. Over the last 30 years of his life, he officiated many weddings, funerals, and church services throughout West Texas.

He served as Chairman of the Grounds Committee and as President of the Bloys Campmeeting Association, and remained a member of the Executive Committee until his death. He served in many roles in the community, including being an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church and Chief of the Fort Davis Volunteer Fire Department.

Oscar loved his family fiercely. He is survived by his wife of almost 56 years, Barbara Medley of Fort Davis, his son, Bart Medley and wife Erin of Fort Davis, his daughter, Janay Medley of Fort Davis, and two granddaughters, Ashleigh Abram and husband Charlie of Lubbock, and Lindy Vaught of Lubbock. Oscar was particularly excited that his first great-grandchild is expected to make an arrival in May 2020.

Oscar is also survived by his brother, Ben Medley of Fort Worth, his wife Kim, and numerous nieces, nephews, former students, and dear friends.

Services were held at the Oscar Medley Ranch on Saturday, December 21, 2019.

Pallbearers were Charlie Abram, Casey Adams, Jody Adams, Heath Brooks, James Dutchover, David Medley, Matt Medley, and Bill Max Robison.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that friends and family consider a donation to one of Oscar’s favorite charities: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the Bloys Campmeeting Association.