Legendary golfer Claude “Duffy” Martin passes away

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Family members have come in from all over the nation to mourn the death of Claude "Duffy" Martin.

Word of his death came out on Friday.

Duffy was instrumental in the building of seven golf courses that strengthened the golfing community in Oklahoma, including Duffy’s Golf Land, Brookside, Broadmore, Cedar Valley and Cimarron National Golf Clubs, and Cedar Valley RV Park and Par 3.

But he was known for much more than that.

"He had such pride in the wonderful family he headed. His love for Juanita was unending. His eyes sparkled when he spoke of Claudia, Jeff, Susie and Darla and of their families," reads a Facebook post on Cedar Valley and Cimarron National Golf  Courses page.

"He was always making jokes. You always knew if he was there. You always knew immediately when he arrived. He was extremely inspsiring,"  Martin's grandson Clint Colbert said.

But with such positivity and happiness in his life, Martin wouldn't have wanted people to be sad about his departure.

"It forever was his wish that this day not be a day of sadness, but that it be remembered as the time the smiles would out number the tears,"the Facebook post reads.

Memorial services for Martin have been set for Tuesday at the Life Church in Edmond at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Jim Riley Outreach Program, The First Tee or the charity of your choice.

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