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December 19, 2013

Mickey Perry: A Life Well-lived

Friends, dignitaries gather to honor long-time lawman, community leader

CLAREMORE —

The cold December wind blew across Claremore Thursday morning, bringing with it persons from every walk of life — the common and the uncommon, the uniformed and the plain-clothed, young and old, friends from the past and present — all of them converging on First Baptist Church to pay final tribute to a life well-lived: the life of Mickey Perry.
Local and state dignitaries sat side-by-side with family, friends, and co-workers from near and far to pay tribute and honor to the life of Claremore’s mayor.
“We’re gathered here this morning to celebrate the life of Mickey Perry — it’s okay to mourn, we all miss him, but we’re here to celebrate, and if you knew Mickey, you’d know that’s what he’d want us to do,” said Pastor Paul Simpson. “Mickey was born July 9, 1947 in Collinsville, the oldest child, with four sisters. He always told me I needed to feel sorry for him because he had four sisters. 
“He graduated from Foyil High School in 1965, then earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern State University in 1975,” Pastor Simpson continued. “In 1969, he joined the Claremore Police Department and left in 1979, as a patrol captain to join the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, from which he retired in 1989 as a field supervisor.
“In 1990, he became the chief of police for Claremore — a position he held for 22 years before his  retirement in 2012,” he said. “In April 2012, Mickey was elected the Mayor of Claremore, and he was named Claremore’s ‘Progressive Citizen of the Year’ that same year. 
“In addition to his 41 years of dedicated law enforcement service, Mickey has been deeply involved in community service organizations,” he said. “He’s worked with and become president of the Share the Spirit Foundation (for 25 years), which each year collects, organizes and delivers as many of 1,000 food baskets to the needy of Rogers County. He also oversaw the fundraising for ‘Send a Kid to Camp’ which, to date, has sent more than 1,000 Rogers County children in need to camp as a direct result of his efforts.

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