Denney Duane Crabaugh
Denney Duane Crabaugh was born on August 8, 1957 to Duane and Frieda Crabaugh in Miami, Oklahoma. He graduated from Del City High School where he was a three-sport athlete. He attended Oscar Rose Junior College on a basketball scholarship and played baseball for his father. He went on to pitch at Oklahoma State and continued at Southeastern Oklahoma State University where he graduated. While getting his masters, he started his illustrious coaching career as the graduate assistant of the SEOSU Savages. He followed up with a position at Ardmore High School and another stop at Ada High before landing in Oklahoma City.
It is undeniable that he had a historic career as the baseball coach of Oklahoma City University, however stats only give a partial picture of the man he was. He succeeded in helping to create a brotherhood of great men, on and off the field. As proud as he was of that, he always said that his greatest accomplishment was his family. He married the love of his life, Sue in June of 1983, and they were blessed with four awesome children. Off the field, he enjoyed spending time with his family, be it at the lake fishing, going on 13 mile quail hunts or watching his kids and his grandkids in all of their endeavors. His love and pride in his family was most apparent when he coached from the sidelines and cheered from the bleachers. His whistle got all of our attention, no matter the sport, activity or distance. A coach through and through.
Denney passed peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on July 13th 2022. He is survived by his loving wife, his four children and spouses; Kaylee and Ted Hans, Mindy and Landon Camp, Cody and Rachel Crabaugh and Amy Crabaugh; his parents; his sister and brother-in-law, Kim and Mike Judd, nieces, nephews and 10 awesome grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Toby Crabaugh.
A memorial service will be held at the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel on the campus of Oklahoma City University Saturday, July 30th at 1pm.
In lieu of flowers, DC asked that donations be made to the Denney Crabaugh Endowment.