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BIXBY – When Bill Pittman stuck his head in your office, you could practically hear the gears turning in his head with a newly thought-up plan or idea. He was a “soft-spoken visionary,” said Tom Outhier, president of the Friends of Irving Foundation and Pittman’s friend of 40 years.

Pittman’s active involvement in his community earned him the moniker “Mr. Bixby.”

“There really wasn’t anything going on that he wasn’t a part of or didn’t start,” Outhier said.

After retiring from Telex Computer Products, Pittman started looking for a new pastime. About that time, the city of Bixby was thinking of selling neglected park land just north of the Arkansas River Bridge on Memorial Drive.

But Pittman “felt that it was very…”

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