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.

One Response to "Civic leader, former state representative Frank Davis dies at 82"

  1. Ray Wall   February 23, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Frank was a good man and excellent attorney. We sometimes had different opinions on a point of law, but he never took the disagreement personally. The community benefited greatly from his work and care for everyone. He will be missed.

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