Honoring Gary “Doc” Blevins

By Bill Blankenship, Former Union Head Football Coach and Current Owasso Coach

This past January 25, we lost an icon of high school sports when Gary “Doc” Blevins passed from this life. Doc’s recovery from a car wreck a couple of years ago had been slow but his pace at life exceeded most of us. I was blessed to have been witness to a gentleman who I consider the “most unathletic” non-coach I’d ever seen, impact the lives of thousands of young athletes and coaches.

Gary “Doc” Blevins was not a doctor, but for over 40 years, that’s what most people have called him – “Doc.” In 1978, Gary started his first FCA huddle group at Lewis and Clark Middle School. Gary wanted to volunteer to coach football as well. The head coach suggested he get a first aid kit and learn to tape and bandage. Those kids began to refer to Gary as “Doc” and it stuck.

His booming voice was heard for decades at sporting events, on radio broadcasts, and in FCA and churches throughout our state.

Janice Blevins, Doc’s sister in law, listed his life’s passions as: Sports, Politics, Students, Ministry and Broadcast Journalism.

Doc’s website shares his life’s mission statement: “Sharing Jesus Through Sports and Radio” and boy, did he do that well.

• Volunteer Football Coach & started his first FCA group – Lewis & Clark Middle School in 1978
• At one time simultaneously leading groups at Union and Nathan Hale high schools, Owasso senior and junior highs, plus Skelly and Lewis & Clark middle schools
• Commissioner of the Tulsa Junior Athletic Association – 6 Terms
• PA announcer for Union baseball, basketball and wrestling – 38 years
• PA announcer for Tournament of Champions / Large School State Basketball Tournaments – 3 Decades
• Sideline reporter for Union Football Radio broadcasts – 27 years
• Union Athletic Hall of Fame – 2016
• Tournament of Champions Hall of Fame – 2017
• Campaign Manager – Mayor Dick Crawford, Sheriff Stanley Glanz
• Radio Talk Show Host – Doc Blevins and Friends (KCFO am970)
• Senior Pastor – New Creation Church

Social Media exploded with testimonials:

“Want to change the world? Turn young peoples’ hearts toward God. That’s what Doc Blevins did all his life. Often unnoticed, but God saw it all. RIP. We’ll miss you, my friend” – Jay Eshelman, Union Basketball Class of 1994

“My first memories of Doc were on the sidelines of union football. . . I can say a lot of my family and friends will be with me in heaven because that man told them how much Jesus loved them. Among those people are my grandpa” – Luke Snider, Union and TU Football

“Doc Blevins loved . . . friends and family (so blessed to have been one of his many – he is one of my few)” – Daniel Ford, Coach / Tulsa Police Officer
Billy Graham has often been quoted as saying, “a coach will impact more people in one year than the average person will in an entire lifetime.”

I believe Doc Blevins’ life of impact far out-paced most, if not all, of us coaches. Way to go, Doc!