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Oklahoma State University’s most prolific donor – infusing the university with over $650 million in financial gifts during his lifetime – oil and gas businessman T. Boone Pickens’ final resting place is next to his boyhood home moved from his ranch in Texas to Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla.

For the man who change the landscape of OSU through his generous giving, attitude and belief in the University’s ability to inspire future leaders, his memorial is simple – a leathered pewter mist limestone with an absolute black granite inset engraved to read:

Thomas Boone Pickens
May 22, 1928
September 11, 2019

Born in Holdenville, Oklahoma.
“Where the pavement ends,
the west begins, 
And the rock island crosses 
the Frisco.” Boone was put
on this earth to make money
and be generous with it. 
He excelled at both.
Boone left behind an undying
love for America and the hope
it presents for all.
He left a passion for
entrepreneurship and the 
promise it sustains.
He left the belief that future 
generations can and will
do better than his own.
He changed Oklahoma
State University forever.
Was and will remain the
greatest Cowboy of them all.

Mr. Pickens, we were honored to help memorialize you. Rest in peace.

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