“I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Justice Marian Opala. He epitomizes the very best of public service, representing our state’s highest court with tremendous dignity and professionalism. I know many people are surprised when they learn the polite and friendly juror with a wonderful sense of humor was a part of the Polish Underground in World War II fighting for freedom.
“When he immigrated to the United States, through hard work and perseverance Marian Opala earned his second law degree at Oklahoma City University so that he could continue in the legal profession in this country. For more than three decades he worked for the people of Oklahoma as a wise and thoughtful member of the State Supreme Court. Justice Opala will be greatly missed, but his honor, heroism and dedication will serve as an enduring legacy.”