J. David Jewelry creates ring to reflect Allan Trimble’s legacy

J. David Jewelry creates ring to reflect Allan Trimble’s legacy

In February of 2019, legendary Jenks football coach Allan Trimble approached long-time friend Joel David Wiland about designing a ring that reflected Trimble’s life and legacy.

Wiland is the owner of J. David Jewelry and had met Trimble 15 years earlier when J. David Jewelry was attempting to get selected to design one of the many state championship rings Jenks won under Trimble.

Trimble was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in 2016. He passed away Dec. 1, 2019 after a three-year battle with the disease. One of his final wishes was to create this special ring.

“I remember Allan coming up to me and saying, ‘I don’t know what it is, but I have this dream of making a ring that represents my career,’” Wiland said. “I’m like, how do you put that on one ring? Maybe a championship wrestling belt, but how do you put that on a finger? My thought was this ring is going to have to be so huge. How do you represent a lifetime of achievements on a ring?”

J. David Jewelry Tulsa location store manager Brandon Lunsford was assigned the task of designing this ring that Trimble wanted.

“I met Coach Trimble at a young businessmen of Tulsa event and we talked for a bit about this ring,” Lunsford said. “Coach Trimble then came into the store and we talked more in-depth about what he wanted. How do you convey 13 state championships in one ring? When he came into the store to talk with me, he said, look I am a coach, not a designer. I asked him if he any ideas and I asked if I could see his state championship rings, but they are down in Oklahoma City at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, so I took a trip down there and took a ton of pictures to get some ideas.”

Lunsford said he got a couple ideas from the state championship rings, but they were mostly cookie-cutter rings, which is not the style he wanted to perform with this piece of jewelry.

“I had to start from scratch basically,” Lunsford said. I used a couple of elements from those state rings, but the rest was all inspiration from the golden trophy, which is every coach’s dream of claiming and he has 13 of those. When he saw the shield I put on the back of the ring with the words, faith, family, football, the tears started flowing.”

Trimble’s football program at Jenks was built on faith, family, football.

“He really dove into that when he saw the shield,” Lunsford said. “He asked what does that mean? Why did you do that? It had a special meaning to him. I actually took that from the movie, ‘300’. I know from talking with others and him that he used ‘300’ a lot in teachings and trainings. Your shield was representative of protecting your wing man, which is what he ingrained into his players. As I explained why I chose to do that on the back of the ring, the tears began to flow.”

Trimble’s wife Courtney said it was exciting to see the finished product.

“We knew all his different ideas and we were excited to see the finished product,” Courtney said. “It was pretty neat. He did get pretty emotional. He just thought it was very cool. It was something he want to do for a long time. It is something we can have forever. It is something our grandkids can have.”

Wiland said Trimble left an amazing legacy.

“One thing I heard him say many times is it’s about legacy,” Wiland said. “It’s not about what you are doing at the moment, it’s about what you leave people to remember you with. Every time I heard him speak, everyone always left with a piece of him. He always kept his priorities in line. God, family, and football. So many people, especially in football, can make football their god. To know he never got that out of place, it showed his entire career.”

Wiland said the amount of people Trimble impacted in his life is at least in the 10,000s.

“If there are 100 kids on a football team each year, their families, their friends, how many people’s lives did he touch? That is a legacy. It’s not possible to capture that on a ring. When we showed him the inside of the ring, that is ultimately what meant the most to him. That is what he based his career and his life on and that is why he was successful as he was.”

The Allan Trimble Legacy Ring can be purchased through the Trimble Strong Foundation, as part of a fundraiser for the foundation. You can purchase one at www.trimblestrong.org.

Brandon Lunsford, Store Manager at J. David Jewelry in Tulsa, Courtney Trimble, wife of the late Jenks football coach Allan Trimble and Joel David Wiland, Owner of J. David Jewelry stand with the virtual image of the Ring of Champions created to reflect the life and legacy of the legendary Jenks football coach. Photo/Kyle Salomon

Kyle Salomon

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