Civic leader, former state representative Frank Davis dies at 82

Civic leader, former state representative Frank Davis dies at 82

Frank W. Davis, an attorney and a former representative for the Oklahoma House of Representatives, passed away on Sunday evening. He was 82 years old.

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Guthrie EMS was dispatched near Davis’ home shortly before 8 p.m. He was transported to Mercy Hospital Logan County where he was pronounced dead of an apparent heart attack.

“Our state has lost a great statesman, an honest, selfless and hard-working politician,” Rob Hudson wrote on a sign taped on the front door of Davis’ law office.

“Our community has lost a leader, a public servant and a rock.”

Hudson, an attorney and judge, said he “lost a friend who was like a father, my mentor, advisor and counselor.”

Davis, a University of Oklahoma College of Law graduate in 1959, continued practicing law even after celebrating his 82nd birthday just last month.

After graduation he served as a postmaster In Ada (Okla.), practiced law in Medford, served as the Logan County Attorney (1961-65), served as a judge for the Guthrie Municipal Court (1974-78) and went into private practice as an attorney.

Davis later served as an Oklahoma representative for 26 years (1978-2004).

In a 2008 interview, Davis said the one thing he missed the most about being out of politics was not getting to meet people.

“I miss the campaign. I miss getting out, knocking on doors and talking with people,” Davis said.

The Guthrie icon proudly served as a Gideon, in the Guthrie Lions Club for nearly 60 years, boy scouts and the Guthrie Masonic Consistory to name only a few.

Davis leaves behind a wife and two children.

Funeral services are pending at this time.

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