Dwight W. Maulding, loving husband, dad, granddaddy, and great-granddaddy, left this life to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

He was born in Seneca, Missouri, on January 21, 1921, to Walter and Myrtle Maulding. Dwight is survived by his daughters and sons-in law, Beverly and Wiley Smith of Sapulpa, Mary Kay Hobbs of Tulsa, Terri and David Graves of Tulsa, and Sandra and Mark Tucker of Waxahachie, Texas. 

His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were very special to him. They include Justin Smith and wife, Amy, Adam Smith and wife, Patricia, Sara Smith Hammond and husband, Rayce, Jeffrey Hobbs, Brooke Hobbs Duckett and husband, Jonathan, Brett Hobbs, Lauren Hobbs, Christopher Graves, Patrick Graves, Michael Graves, and Andrea Graves, Kyra Tucker Burns and husband, Justin, Kadrian Tucker Whisenhunt and husband, Chad, Kyle Tucker, Konner Tucker and wife, Lexi. Great-grandchildren are Bailey and Reagan Smith, Adam Benjamin and Eva Smith, Smith and Sloane Hammond, Jack and Campbell Duckett, Scout, Pearce, and Jentry Burns, and Charlotte and Sophie Whisenhunt.

Dwight was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Carselowey Maulding, parents, one sister, Walta Dobbratz, one brother, Dwayne Maulding, and great-grandson, Auston Smith.

Dwight’s dad was a pile driver engineer for the Frisco railroad and died of pneumonia in July of 1925 when Dwight was 4 years old. Dwight’s younger brother, Dwayne died earlier that same year of diphtheria in March, 1925.

Dwight’s mother, his sister, Walta, and Dwight continued living in Seneca where his mother operated a Cream Station until 1929. When Dwight was 8 years old, his mother married Melvin Prater who had also lost his spouse.

The family moved out to the Prater Farm which was 9 miles outside of Seneca, Mo., in Oklahoma. His stepdad had a working farm where he raised cattle and owned a lumber mill. Dwight would rise every morning at 4 am and complete his chores around the farm and would then walk the 2 miles to a one room country schoolhouse where he attended until 8th grade.

After graduating from 8th grade, he attended Wyandotte High School where he played both basketball and football. He played on the 1937 Wyandotte High School football team, coached by Willis H. Shell, where the record still stands for the only Wyandotte football team that was unscored on.

Dwight was also a member of the FFA survey team that won a state championship. He graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1939.

Dwight attended NEO Junior College at Miami, Oklahoma in the fall of 1939, where he played basketball and was a member of the Phi Sigma Nu national fraternity. He went to college with 150 dollars in his pocket and worked three jobs so he could attend college. He waited tables in the college cafeteria which paid for his meals, swept out the dorms which paid for his room, and worked at the Silver Castle Cafe in downtown Miami, busing tables and working as a waiter.

While working at the Silver Castle Cafe, Dwight developed a friendship with H.C. Mullendore, president of the First National Bank in Miami, Oklahoma. One day while Mr. Mullendore was having lunch at the café, he asks Dwight what his major was going to be once he completed junior college. Dwight told him he was going to be an Aeronautical Engineer and attend Oklahoma A&M College (which is now Oklahoma State University).

Mr. Mullendore asks Dwight if he would be interested in becoming a banker and Dwight said he would like to visit with Mr. Mullendore about the possibility.

In January 1941, Dwight began working for 50 dollars a month as an errand boy and file clerk for the First National Bank of Miami while attending night school at the junior college.

World War II broke out and Dwight enlisted in September 1942, and was called out to the cadets in March 1943. Dwight served three years in the Air Force until he was separated from service in March 1946, where he had the opportunity to shake hands with President Dwight Eisenhower at Fort McArthur in California.

Dwight came back to Miami, Oklahoma, after the service and became the No. 1 teller at First National Bank, Miami. He also married his college sweetheart from NEO Junior College. Dwight and Mary Lou Carselowey were married on July 14, 1946. To this union were born four daughters; Beverly Sue, Mary Kay, Terri Ann, and Sandra Lou.

In October 1949, Dwight had an opportunity to move his family to Collinsville, Oklahoma, where he was offered a job as second officer in charge at American Exchange Bank. While in Collinsville, Dwight served as President and Board Member of the Collinsville Kiwanis Club, was the Charter President of the Collinsville Junior Chamber of Commerce, and served as the County Drive Chairman of the Tulsa County March of Dimes. Dwight and his family were active members of the First Methodist Church in Collinsville.

In March 1958, Dwight moved his family to Sapulpa, Oklahoma, where he accepted the position of President and CEO at Security National Bank (now First United Bank of Sapulpa). When Dwight became President, the new bank had 375,000 dollars in capital and 3½ million dollars in assets.

When Dwight retired in December 1990, Security National Bank’s assets were 80 million dollars. His last four years at the bank, he served as CEO and Chairman of the Board.

In 2011, Dwight was given the “Burrel and JoAnn McNaught” Heart of Ministry Award for the Oklahoma United Methodist Circle of Care for Children and Youth Ministry and that same year became the Circle of Care Board Member Emeritus.

In September 26, 2013, Dwight was presented a Lifetime Membership to the Caring Community Friends, in recognition of many years of loyal support and dedication to the organization, formally called Sapulpa Community Care.

Dwight served as president for three years of the Caring Community Friends and in his first year of retirement he finished the new community care building by receiving bids to finish the inside and outside of the building. As a member of the Caring Community Friends organization, Dwight worked to raise money for the construction of the Habitat for Housing in the Sapulpa Community.

On May 24, 2014, Dwight was given the Outstanding Distinguished Alumni Award for Wyandotte High School.

Listed below are Dwight’s accomplishments and areas of involvement in the banking industry, the community, and his church:

• Served 2 terms on Board of Directors of Oklahoma Bankers Association.

• Served 1 term as Chairman of Group 3, Oklahoma Bankers Association.

• Member of Who’s Who in Banking.

• Served for 3 years as President of Sapulpa Council of Camp Fire Girls, Inc.

• Served for 13 years on Board of Directors for Sapulpa Council of Camp Fire Girls, Inc.

• Served for 6 years on Board of Directors for the National Council of Camp Fire Girls.

• Served for 4 years on Board of Directors, Southwest Region, Camp Fire Girls, Inc.

• Received the Ernest Thompson Seton Award – top award nationally for Camp Fire Girls, Inc.

• Received the Luther Halsey Gulick Award- serving as a National Camp Fire Board Member from 1966 to 1972.

• Past President and Board member of Collinsville Kiwanis Club.

• Past President and Board member of Sapulpa Kiwanis Club.

• President and Board member of first Junior Chamber of Commerce, Collinsville.

• Past President and Board member of Sapulpa Chamber of Commerce.

• Past Member of Board of Directors of Tulsa Chamber of Commerce.

• Past President and Board member of the Salvation Army.

• Past President and Board member of Sapulpa Industrial Foundation-served 50 years.

• Past Board member of Creek County Economic Development Corporation.

• Past President and Board member of Sapulpa United Fund.

• Past Member of Board of Directors of Sapulpa School for Handicapped.

• Past Member of Eucha District Council for Boy Scouts.

• Past Member of Creek County Chapter of Red Cross.

• Past County Drive Chairman of Tulsa County March of Dimes.

• Life member of the First United Methodist Church (54 years in Sapulpa).

• Served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for 30 years.

• Teacher of Sunday School class for 20 years.

• Served as Chairman of the Building Committee that built the new Sapulpa First United Methodist Church.

• Member of the Council on Ministries-FUMC.

• Member of the First United Methodist Men.

• Member of the Finance Committee-FUMC.

• Lay member delegate representing First United Methodist Church of Sapulpa to the annual Methodist Conference.

• Member of the board for the Francis Willard Home for Girls in Tulsa for 5 years-Oklahoma First United Methodist Church Conference.

• Member of the Board of Directors for the Circle of Care operated by the Oklahoma First United Methodist Conference-served for 30 years.

• Member of the Camp Egan Board for the First United Methodist Church -served 30 years.

• Past chairman and board member of the Sapulpa Gideons International.

• Member of the Sapulpa Library Board-served for 12 years.

• Served for 12 years as a member of the board and 3 years as President for the Sapulpa Community Care.

• Member of the Habit for Humanity Building Program for 8 years.

• Member of the Masonic Lodge-56 year member.

• 50 year member of the Scottish Rite.

• Original member of the Sapulpa Public Schools Foundation Board.

• President and Owner of Sapulpa Developers, Inc.

• Avid supporter of Sapulpa Band and Vocal Music Programs.

• 54 year season ticket holder for all sports for Sapulpa School Athletics.

• Sapulpa Booster Club member.

• Supporter of 4H and FFA Livestock shows.

• FFA-awarded Jr. Farmer of America.

• Past Member of Board of Directors and served as President from 2006 to 2011 for the Doctor and Buzz Bartlett Foundation (sponsors Boomer/Sooner and the Oklahoma University Schooner).

• Member of the Sooner Club (Oklahoma University).

• Member of the “prestigious” Bozos, a group of retired business and professional men who are veterans that gather for coffee and fellowship, celebrating birthdays and family.


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