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In Memoriam: John Malone

Tuesday, April 23, 2019  
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John Edward Malone, 1996-97 BTA president, died on April 10, 2019. He passed away in Midland, Texas, at the age of 86. Malone was born July 19, 1932, in Coal County, Oklahoma, to John Theodore and Lela Permelia Malone. He graduated from Duncan High School, where he was awarded an athletic scholarship to Oklahoma A&M (presently Oklahoma State University). Malone had the privilege of playing for one of the greatest basketball coaches, Henry Iba. While at Oklahoma A&M, he majored in psychology and history while working toward his dream of becoming a coach.

Upon completion of college, he was drafted and served at White Sands Missile Range. Malone worked for the Meteorological Division in the Army, then gave six additional years in the civil service. He married the love of his life, Ruby Ann Gorman of El Paso, Texas, shortly after his military service.

Soon after his marriage, Malone started Malone Business Systems in Midland, Texas. While running his office technology dealership, Malone rapidly accelerated through the chairs of the National Office Machine Dealers Association (NOMDA, now the Business Technology Association [BTA]) and eventually become president of BTA. He later found a passion serving on the board of directors at Community National Bank for many years.

While living in Midland, Malone was dedicated and devoted to helping his sons become young men through coaching sports. He and Ruby shared a wonderful life of family, church and travel. First Baptist Church of Midland and the John Department has provided faithful brothers and sisters in Christ.

Malone was preceded in death by his parents and youngest son, Robert "Bill" Malone. He is survived by his wife Ruby, sons Michael and David, grandchildren Suzanne, Rodney and Christian Cole or "CC". Malone was a guardian and "Poppy" to CC and now the beloved namesake to his great granddaughter, Poppy Grace.

The family received friends from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2019, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. A celebration of life was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at First Baptist Church Chapel in Midland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the benevolence fund at First Baptist of Midland or Hospice of Midland. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences may be sent at

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