Edward Tipton Sabin
Edward Tipton Sabin
  • September 20, 1944 - January 12, 2018
  • Arizona

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Edward Tipton "Tip" Sabin passed away unexpectedly on the morning of January 12, 2018, at the age of 73. Tip was born to parents Edward Tip Sabin and Beulah Vanderwork in Enid, Oklahoma on September 20, 1944. He attended Northeast High School in Oklahoma City, Southwestern State College in Weatherford, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University and the University of Oklahoma where he studied math and accounting. It was at Southwestern where Tip met the girl of his dreams, Lana Charlene McPherson, in Accounting 101, where Lana admired his ability to solve math problems in ink. Tip and Lana were married on June 20, 1964 at Lana's grandfather's home in Watonga, Oklahoma. Over the next few years, they welcomed three beautiful sons, Darrin Charles, Dixon Edward, and Darric Tipton-their pride and joy-into their world and soon their days filled with baseball practices, school activities, and visits to the family farm. Tip was the president of the Oklahoma City Optimist Club and coached all three of his sons on their club-sponsored Little League team. He worked as a Controller for Kerr McGee Corporation for over 35 years and retired in early 2000. Shortly after that, Tip and Lana moved to Surprise, Arizona where he became a Starter at the Sun City Grand Granite Falls Golf Course. Tip enjoyed listening to every type of music ever recorded, watching every sport ever broadcast, playing golf every chance he got, spending time with his friends and neighbors, and had an serious appreciation for homemade pie.
Tip is preceded in death by his parents and four older siblings, Gene, Dora Mae, Kenneth, and Trevalea. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lana, his sons "the 3 Ds"-Darrin, Dixon, and Darric, his two adoring daughters-in-law Kim and Kimberly, and his seven cherished grandchildren McKenzi, Bayli, Sunny, Chloe, Kai, Shea and Brendan.
Tip will always be remembered for his gregarious personality and his ability to make everyone he met feel important. He truly knew what it meant to love and be loved. Family was the center of his world and we consider it a great honor to carry on his legacy of laughter and love.
In lieu of flowers, his wife Lana asks that you consider a making a donation to The American Heart Association in Tip's name.