About the Earl Eugene “Gene” Lacy Memorial Scholarship: Gene was born in 1946 to Earl Arthur and Beryl Jean Lacy. Earl graduated from high school in Eureka, Kansas and Beryl graduated from Russell High School. They married in 1945 and Gene was born in 1946. They lived in Emporia and Eureka before moving to El Dorado. Earl was an oil field oxy pumper and Beryl was a nurse. Gene attended high school at El Dorado High School where he was involved in both football and wrestling. Gene’s father Earl served his country as a paratrooper in the Army during World War II. Therefore, Gene followed in his father’s footsteps of serving his country and later joined the Navy thus serving his country as a Navy demolition frogman. He served in the Vietnam War. Gene died on June 6, 2000 at his home in Beachmere, Australia of lung cancer. Gene has three daughters, Shannon, Tania, and Robin.