Mickey Charles Baugus passed away on Sunday November 11, 2018, in his home surrounded by family.
Born on a dirt floor in Dustin, OK on June 23, 1942 to Edith and Amiel Baugus, Mickey was a unique and caring individual. He married his lovely and tolerant wife, Cheryl Baugus on May 30, 1975, effectively robbing the cradle. Their love blossomed after she picked him up on the side of the road, both on their way to Central Technology Center (some may know as “Baugus Tech.”)
Mickey was well known for his quick wit, his over-the-top story-telling and even more over-the-top DIY talents. He was a true “sexual intellectual.” He had a personality that people were drawn to. He loved an adventure with as many people as possible and had the best jokes to make everyone laugh, or antagonize them at least.
In September 1960, Mickey enlisted as a soldier in the United States Army. While stationed in Germany he trained fellow soldiers in safe flight simulation and mechanics. He always had a passion for fixing anything he could get his hands on. In the early 70’s he became co-owner of a Kawasaki motorcycle shop in Tahlequah, OK. His journey in the motorcycle industry later led him to Tulsa, working at Smokey’s Honda. One of his great accomplishments was being part of a team who set the world land speed record with a stock 750cc motorcycle at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Mickey graduated from Oklahoma State University earning both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Trade and Industrial Education. In 1972, Mickey began working for Central Technology Center teaching auto mechanics. He loved all things mechanical, but his passion for motorcycles ran deep. In 1979, he persuaded Central Tech to approve the first motorcycle mechanics program in Oklahoma. He facilitated corporations, including Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha, to donate over five-hundred thousand dollars’ worth of equipment to the program. His ingenuity and resourcefulness made it a success. Central Tech’s Motorcycle Mechanics program received the United States Secretary of Education Outstanding Vocational Education Program of 1983. Mickey later went on to become an Adult Recruiter and Adult Career Development Coordinator for Central Tech and retired after 21 years of service. His ambition, intelligence, innovations, and ability to always think outside the box were truly amazing.
After retirement he loved to host family gatherings, traveling and fishing, although he frequently had to show his “minnow” at the boat dock. He led numerous family vacations predictably turning out much like the Griswold’s. Even when his physical abilities started to decline, his mind remained sharp as a tack. With simple modifications, he developed his new official management position complete with a hover round for quick transportation and toe smashing. There is truly never a dull moment with a Baugus around, thanks to Mickey.
Mickey is survived by his loving wife of 50 years (actually 43 1/2, she rounds up) Cheryl, four children, Mike, David, Lindsey, and Tiffany, eight grandchildren, Chelsea, Jordan, Beth, Alyson, Landon, Lexi, Jett and Jaxon, great-grandchildren Carley and Luke, two sisters, Dee and Joan Nicks, and six nephews.
In memory of Mickey, the family would appreciate donations to the Central Tech Foundation Scholarship Program. If you wish to donate, please indicate “In memory of Mickey Baugus” on the memo portion of the check and send to: Central Technology Center – Attn: Lori Toland
3 Ct Circle, Drumright, OK 74030
The memorial service to celebrate Mickey’s life will be held on December 2, 2018 at Keystone State Park Community Center. Details will be available on Tiffany Baugus’s and Lindsey LeForce’s Facebook pages.