Gary is the person who gave me more responsibility at the school, even naming me as lead teacher for my last two years there. He gave me decision-making authority, resulting in me being the person in charge of the school on April 19, 1995 - the person responsible for locking down the school when Timothy McVeigh detonated the bomb that killed 168 people.
Gary Lee Blevins, 70, of Tuttle, died Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at his home. The son of Carl Frank Blevins and Ramona (McNeil) Blevins, he was born July 18, 1946 in Hollis, Oklahoma.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his infant twin sister, Sharon Gwen Blevins; and a grandson, Logan Hodge.
Gary is survived by his wife, Becky Blevins, of Tuttle; one daughter, Michelle Kemery and her husband, Mike, of Norman; one granddaughter, Carly Hodge, of Blanchard; and many other loved ones and friends.
In 1995, my wife and I moved to Joplin, Missouri, and I had to say goodbye to Mr. Blevins. The last time I saw the man, the school had just received an irregularly-shaped piece of marble from the Murrah Building. Gary used the heal of his cowboy boot to knock off a small piece of the marble to give me. "You were the one who protected the school that day," he said. "You deserve a part of this."
I've missed Gary for a long time, but his passing makes me miss him in an entirely different way.