Friday, November 11, 2011

Senator David Myers Dead Of Lung Infection

Senator David Myers of Ponca City died early today of a lung infection, friends report. He had been battling pneumonia. He was 73.

Myers, a Republican, had represented District 20 since his first election in 2002 and was chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

He was a retired ConocoPhillips chemical engineer and a graduate of Oklahoma State University.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Ponca City.

The Rev. Anthony Jordan, Executive Director-Treasurer for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, said, “Oklahoma has lost a great leader. Senator Myers served his community and our state with distinction. He was a friend and fellow Baptist who faithfully served his church, denomination and Lord. Next week, he was set to be elected to serve on the board of directors for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. We extend our love and prayers to his wife, Sara, and family. He will be greatly missed.”

Statement from Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman:
"The loss of Senator David Myers is one that will be deeply felt by so many at the State Capitol and across Oklahoma. He was the standard by which any public servant should be measured: humble, selfless, and dedicated beyond question. But most important of all, he was a great friend. David's strength of conviction and uncompromising values will be remembered by all who had the honor of serving alongside him. Simply put, Senator Myers made a difference. The thoughts and prayers of the state Senate are with David's wife, Sara, and his family. He will be greatly missed."

Statement from incoming Senate Democratic Leader Sean Burrage:
“We are saddened by the news of the passing of Senator David Myers. Senator Myers was a gentleman and known as a man of great intellect, character and integrity. He was the go-to Senator on many of our most difficult issues, including the state budget. It is Oklahoma’s loss and he will be missed by the entire State Senate family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones.”

Governor Fallin and Lt. Governor Todd Lamb also issued statements praising Myers and his dedication to public service.

Said Fallin: "Senator Myers was a principled public servant and, as appropriations chairman, a dedicated guardian of taxpayer dollars and resources. His passing is a tremendous loss to the Oklahoma Senate, his constituents and the entire state. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. I’m asking all Oklahomans to join me in keeping his wife Sara and the rest of his family in our thoughts and prayers.”

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