BHS track legend, Doug Calley, dies

Clinton Douglas (Doug) Calley, Sr., 83, a former outstanding track sprinter at Brady High School and LSU, died Tuesday in San Angelo. He had suffered from a heart ailment for several years, according to friends. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Heritage Funeral Home Chapel in Brady, Rusty Kwast, minister of the Sunset Ridge Church of Christ, officiating. Burial was in Rest Haven Cemetery. Born Nov. 29, 1919, in Brady, he was the son of Clint and Bertha (McLeod) Calley, he married Irene Ferrell on Oct. 21, 1998, in Brady. Mr. Calley graduated from Brady High School in 1939 after a glorious career as a sprinter under legendary track coach Russ (Doc) Holland. “Doug could run the 100, 220, 440 and 880. He was arguably the best track man to ever come out of Brady High School,” a classmate Charlie Dye said Wednesday. Running in the late 1930s, he won a number of gold medals at the state meet, and the Bulldogs won the the state championship in 1939 when there were no classifications. Mr. Calley was the first leg of the winning mile relay team at the state meet in 1935 as a freshman. The team was made up of Ernest Barker, Charlie Dye and John McLean. They were clocked in 3:29.3. According to Dye, Mr. Calley’s specialty was the 440-meter dash. He still holds the school record in the quarter mile of 49.2 in 1939 at the state meet in Austin. It was tied by Dedrick Lott in 1990 also at Austin. Mr. Calley also holds the Brady school track record in the 100 and 220. Several others have tied his mark in the 100 at a time of 9.7. He alone still has the record for the 200 in 21.4 at the stae meet in 1939. After graduation from high school, Mr. Calley went to LSU on a track scholarship. “I really believe they over- worked him, making him run distances from the 880 to the mile on relay teams,” Dye told the Standard-Herald. “He was a good guy, and I sure hated to see him go,” his friend said. Mr. Calley was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant. He was a flight instructor. He was a life member of the VFW Post 3234. He spent most of his adult life in road construction. Mr. Calley returned to Brady about 10-15 years ago where he enjoyed retirement. He was well known about town as a “sweetheart of a man” with a smiling face and a kind word for all. He was a member of the Sunset Ridge Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife, Irene, of Brady; two sons, Christopher Calley of Richardson, and Clinton D. (Cal) Calley of Alpharetta, Ga.; a step-son, Henry Garza, of Alice; three step-daughters, Barbara Pierce of Onalaska, Wis., Linda Trotter and Mary Hill, both of Dallas; two sisters, Doris Bode and Ruth James, both of Brady; two brothers, James Calley of Levelland and Harold Calley of Odessa; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his second wife, Edna Calley, and a brother, Raymond Calley.

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