Claremore Daily Progress

State/Nation

December 19, 2013

Mickey Perry: A Life Well-lived

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

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CLAREMORE —

“I first became acquainted with Mickey in 1993, and went to work for him (at the police department) in 1994 as a patrol officer,” he said. “It was only in recent years that I’ve allowed myself to call him Mickey — he was always ‘Chief’ to me, and even when he was mayor, it was still hard not to call him ‘Chief.” Only recently was I able to think of him as ‘Mickey’.
“When I was selected to be Mickey’s deputy chief, about five years before his retirement, our friendship deepened, and we became each other’s confidants, we relied more on one another — he became my mentor,” he said. “I am who I am today largely because of the influence he was in my life. I’m sure many of you could say the same thing.
“I can’t say everything that could be said about Mickey — we could be here for two days and still be celebrating Mickey’s life, what he gave to so many people, but I will say that he was important to so many people, he meant so much to so many of us,” Brown said. 
“All of us know the most common thread about Mickey is that he had a tremendous sense of humor — he loved to laugh, he loved to tell funny stories, and that’s how so many of us will think of him — of him smiling and laughing, and I’d encourage everyone here to remember those stories he used to tell, to remember the style he would tell them in, how he’d laugh and how he’d encourage you to laugh with him — that was Mickey.
“Mickey’s humor was just one of his characteristics — thoughtfulness was another,” he continued. “Mickey was one of the most thoughtful men I knew, and he prided himself in remembering people’s names, and he knew a lot of folks. I often expressed to him that I was envious of his ability to do that and asked him to help me (remember names). He told me that he remembered people’s names because he liked people.”

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