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June 14, 2014

Former Sheriff Jerry Prather dies

CLAREMORE —

Retired Rogers County Sheriff Jerry Prather died Thursday. He was 66.
Prather was elected Sheriff in 1996, serving in the position 12 years before retiring. He was on the board of the Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association 10 of those 12 years. 
During his tenure, Prather was able to have a new jail constructed, as well as increase the size of the sheriff’s department. 
Prather became a certified police officer in 1971 and began his career working for the City of Claremore. 
In just a few years, he made the rank of lieutenant. He served the city for the next 25 years before retiring as a captain. It was after his retirement he decided to run for Rogers County Sheriff. 
Prather was raised near Foyil and attended Foyil Schools where he participated in baseball and basketball. He was a member of the graduating class of 1965. It was also at school where he first became acquainted with Myrtle Clemmens. They married July 9, 1967 in Foyil. 
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Claremore under the direction of MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. Monday, with family greeting friends from 5-8.

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