For Immediate Release: November 11, 2011
Sen. David Myers
(Archived digital audio available at www.oksenate.gov under “Media”)
The Oklahoma Senate is mourning the loss of Sen. David
Myers. The Ponca City Republican had
been fighting pneumonia for the past three weeks. He passed away early Friday morning at the OU
Medical center in
President Pro Tempore
"The loss of Senator David Myers
is one that will be deeply felt by so many at the State Capitol and across
Incoming Senate Democratic Leader Sean Burrage also expressed his loss upon hearing the news.
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
to his nine years of service in the Oklahoma State Senate, David Myers was a
family man of many accomplishments. A
chemical engineering graduate of
Myers was also a pilot and was an antique car enthusiast, rebuilding many classic models which he drove in local parades in his district. He also loved working on his farm.
Admired for his statesmanship on the floor of the Senate, he had just as much admiration from fellow members for his leadership on the ball field. For several years he served as coach and manager of the Senate “Redhots” baseball team, leading them to victory more often than not over the House of Representatives in an annual charity baseball game with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. Many members often referred to Senator Myers as “Coach” on the floor and in committee.
David Myers is survived by his wife Sara, his son Craig, Daughter Cheryl and her husband, Glen Hazelbaker, grandchildren Shelby, Josiah, and David, Tiffany, Jonathan, Miguel Najera and their mother Monya. Deeply proud of all his children and grandchildren, the newest addition to the family and apple of his eye is great-grandson Caleb Myers.
Sara Myers expressed her appreciation for the many kind words and prayers for her husband.
“I have absolutely enjoyed the nine years I have been by David’s side as he served in the Oklahoma Senate. We’ve come to know and love so many wonderful people at the State Capitol and here in the district,” Sara said. We are deeply grateful for the tremendous outpouring of prayers and love.”
have been set for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15 at the