John Richard McCandless
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John Richard McCandless
  • April 15, 1935 - April 8, 2017
  • Oklahoma

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John Richard McCandless, loving husband and father, passed away at high noon on Saturday, April 8th at Saint Anthony's Hospital in Oklahoma City, due to complications from melanoma surgery.

John is survived by his loving wife, Helen Hart Taylor of Edmond, OK; daughter Lea of Ferndale, MI; son Craig and his wife Holly, and grandchildren Jacob and Avery of Billings, MT. John was preceded in death by his first wife, Anne Roodhouse and brothers Bill, Earl, Jack and Bob.

John was born on April 15th, 1935 to Cecil and Leah McCandless, and was raised in Hobart, OK. John was a proud graduate of Hobart High School (1953) and the University of Oklahoma (B.A. English 1957 and J.D. 1963; John was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar Association in 1963). Between undergraduate and law school, he served three years in the Counter-Intelligence Corps, Fort Holabird, Baltimore, MD. For many years, John was active in politics, and served as a state delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1968 and 1972. John also served as a campaign manager to former U.S. Senator Fred Harris. Throughout his career, John worked for several law firms, in addition to the former First National Bank and Trust Company of Oklahoma City as General Counsel. John eventually went into private practice, and then completed his working career as General Counsel for the Oklahoma State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board.

John was an avid golfer, hunter, and fisherman, and excelled at all three activities, although some people might have a different opinion regarding his golf skills. Over the years, John owned a variety of hunting dogs, as he truly enjoyed quail and waterfowl hunting. Saturdays in the fall, John could be found in section 7 of Oklahoma Memorial Stadium cheering on his beloved Sooners. John was a long-time University of Oklahoma football season ticket holder, and up until 2016, he had not missed a home football game since 1959.

Services will be on Wednesday, April 12th at 1 p.m. at Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ in Oklahoma City. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to City Rescue Mission of Oklahoma City or the Young Women's Christian Association of Oklahoma City.

Arrangements under the direction of Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Directors, Oklahoma City, OK.