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Jack Mildren dies of cancer

Oklahoma City_ Jack Mildren, a former Lieutenant Governor and the first quarterback in the University of Oklahoma's lofted wishbone offense, died on Thursday, his brother said. Mildren had been undergoing treatment for stomach cancer. He was 58 years old.

His brother, Richard Mildren, told The Oklahoman that Mildren was having some health problems relating to cancer, and was taken to Integris Baptist Hospital.  He received a call later from his brother's son, Drew, who told him he lost his dad, Richard Mildren said.

Mildren was diagnosed two years ago with cancer but had continued to serve as a vice-chairman for Arvest Bank and host a daily sports radio show on WKY 930-AM.

Legislators at the State capitol observed a moment of silence for the former Lieutenant Governor, who walked the halls there in the 1990s. He ran for governor in 1994 as the Democratic Party nominee but lost to Republican Frank Keating.

He was the quarterback on Oklahoma's vaunted wishbone offense in 1971, when the Sooners set an NCAA record by averaging 472.4 rushing yards. That record still stands.

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