Thomas Payne Hanna (July 19, 1955 – February 28, 2020) Tom was born to Lois (Payne) and James Hanna in Oklahoma City. Tom grew up in and around Oklahoma City, alongside his brothers Fred and John, making many lifelong friends in childhood. Tom went to Classen High School, graduating in 1973. Tom had a deep appreciation for rock and roll, especially Bob Dylan and British Invasion groups, but kept a keen ear for popular music throughout his life. Tom also loved visual art and classic film. Among Tom’s greatest passions were Oklahoma sports and American history, coming together in his time at the University of Oklahoma. Tom graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history, holding such historical giants as Harry Truman, Eugene Debs, and that other Thomas Paine in the highest regard. But Tom never really left college, working in and around schools for much of his life, and continuing to take classes in his retirement. He never stopped loving OU sports, following every detail of the basketball and football programs. Tom was exceptionally friendly, able to hold a conversation with any friend or stranger, and always ready with a joke. He was a devoted friend to many, and godfather of his best friend Bill Hardin’s daughter Holly. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Lois and James. He will be missed by many, including his brothers, Fred and John, his nephews Brandon, Travis, and Cameron, great nephew Jack, and their families, and countless grieving friends, neighbors, students, and classmates. Tom’s appreciation for life, passion for debate, and affectionate friendship will live with us all forever. A memorial gathering in Tom's name will be held this coming Saturday, March 7th, at 4 pm. Please contact Fred Hanna, Becky Hardin, or Carolyn Stueve for details. BOOMER SOONER!
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