Melton Dale Hair, 63, of Tulsa, Oklahoma passed away on August 18, 2016
in Tulsa. Mel was born June 11th, 1953 in Tulsa to Paula Louise and Dale
Hair. After returning from his time in the Army, he married the love of
his life, Barbara Lee Hair on August 16, 1974 and shortly thereafter found
his second love, hang gliding. He led a life of hard work and was a great
friend, father, husband, and adviser to his family. He had an interesting
sense of humor that he often shared. He passionately promoted the sport
of hang gliding, training, and mentoring many upcoming pilots over the
years. He was an advocate for safety in the sport. Mel was a kind hearted
person with a very soft spot for animals and never met a dog he wouldn't
rescue. He had a particular knack for problem solving and would help anyone
at any time. He was a man of action and never hesitated to do what needed
to be done.
When the existing hang glider launch at Buffalo Mountain in Talihina Oklahoma
was closed in the late 1990's he decided to purchase land on top of
the mountain and began building a new hang gliding/paragliding launch.
The help of many pilots and Mel's tireless contributions allowed the
creation of a premier flying site. It was his dream to have the site exist
in perpetuity. He was also working towards expanding his hang gliding
business, Sportwings of Oklahoma, to the landing field at Buffalo Mountain.
With his trusty four-legged companion Noodle, Mel poured his heart into
making that dream a reality.
He is survived by his wife Barbara, beloved dog Noodle, his son Jesse,
his daughter Katherine, and his sister Paula Gayle Sticksel and husband,
Don. He is predeceased by his mother, Paula Louise Day.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to: Wild Heart Ranch at PO
Box 170, Foyil, Oklahoma 74031
Time: Aug 27, 2016 4:00 p.m.
Location: All Souls Unitarian Church
Address: 2952 Peoria Avenue