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December 18, 2013

Community leaders praise ‘Mickey’

CLAREMORE — “Mickey was the kind of guy who had a way of speaking to you that made you feel like you’d known him for years — he would put you at ease that way, and (he) really had a way about him that after talking to him for just a few minutes, you felt like he was an old friend,” said Judge Jack Mayberry.

“Initially, I met Mickey back in the early ‘70’s, when I was (then) a practicing attorney and he was on the police department,” he said. “Our respective positions and our mutual interest in the law caused our paths to cross often — we had some great adventures together.

“Right now, there’s no way to accept this loss — it’s very hard,” he said.

— Judge Jack Mayberry

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“He was to Claremore what Andy was to Mayberry.  He knew everyone, always had a smile on his face and loved his family and his community.”

— Former State  Sen.

Stratton Taylor

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“When I learned today about the passing of Mayor Mickey Perry, I was saddened. I was with him this past Saturday as I had the honor of placing the medal around his neck as he was inducted into the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame. Mickey had a life sacrifice and he served not only as a police officer, but as a Mayor and a volunteer. He continued his sacrifice until he took his last breath, serving the people of Claremore. It is not only a loss for the City of Claremore, but the state of Oklahoma. He will be greatly missed.”

— Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb

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“Councilman Lee Keener and I were honored and blessed to serve with Mickey.  He was a friend to us and the Cherokee Nation. I will miss Mickey Perry and his smile he had for all of us.  Mickey was a genuine leader and incredible man of integrity.”

— Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Cara Cowan Watts

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“I was shocked and surprised to learn of his death — he’s made such a contrubution to this community, and to my family personally. I’m going to miss the long conversations we used to share about our family and the community — it’s hard to put into words.

“I’ve known Mickey since the late 1960’s — when I first came to Claremore — and he and his family were part of the ‘village’ that helped me as a single mother to raise my two sons,” she said. “As to his legacy, I feel it will be his devotion to the (Claremore) community. Above all things except for maybe his family, Mickey was completely devoted to this community and the people of this community — that showed in everything he did, from his time at the police department, to the charities and organizations he was involved in, to his time in public office. He loved his town and I don’t think anyone could ever doubt how much he loved his community.”

— Pat Reeder,

Will Rogers Memorial Museum

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“I’ll remember Mickey most as someone who had a great sense of humor — he enjoyed life and he enjoyed people. If you needed anything, you could just call him. He never thought he was above anybody, and he treated everyone the same. Mickey was one of those guys who he was who he was — he never tried to put up a front.”

“Shortly after Mickey’s car wreck in 2004, I was talking with him and mentioned the fact that our oldest son would be having brain surgery in Arkansas. He took the time to write my son a letter and it meant so much,” said Shelton holding back tears. “He told him not to give up, to stay strong and he did. Mickey was very kind and will be missed very much by this community.”

— Cheryl Shelton, Claremore Public School executive assistant

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“We are saddened to learn of the passing of Mayor Perry. He was a dedicated public servant who devoted his career to the City of Claremore.  My family and our entire team are lifting up the Perry family in prayer that God comforts and strengthens them in the coming days and beyond.”

— Congressman

Markwayne Mullin

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“Mickey Perry was a true public servant.  He cared deeply for his community, and worked tirelessly to better it.  He was a good and honest person.  One of those rare people who does the right thing when no one is looking.”

“Mickey Perry is a good and honest person - one of those rare people who does the right thing when no one is looking.  He is a true public servant that cares deeply about his community and works tirelessly to better it.  For example, Chief Perry volunteered a substantial amount of time working toward getting a county-wide 911 center and a new county courthouse.  He helped form the citizen committee that recommended construction of these two public facilities and helped with passage of a vote approving construction.  This was an enormous project that took much time and attention.”

— Associate District

Judge Sheila Condren

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“Mickey was genuinely one of the nicest guys you could ever meet.  I always enjoyed the opportunity to get to talk with him. I don’t know of anyone who cared more for their community than Mickey did.  He will be truly missed.”

— Mark Ogle

American Red Cross

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