Memorial Services for Bart McSpadden Set for Wednesday in Oklahoma CityMon, 22 Sep 2014 06:27:47 CDT
Bart McSpadden was found dead early Friday morning of this past week at his Edmond home. The long time lobbyist for the Oklahoma Pork Council was 46.
McSpadden is the son of the late Clem McSpadden, former president pro tem of the State Senate.
One of McSpadden and Associates' clients from Bart's first days at the firm established by his dad was the Oklahoma Pork Council- and he established a friendship quickly with their new Executive Director Roy Lee Lindsey. The Oklahoman quotes Lindsey about Bart- "He and his father both taught me very early in my career that when you're working at the state Capitol or you're working in state government ...the only thing you really have to offer is your integrity, and if you ever compromise that or if you ever lose that, it's very difficult for you to be successful in doing that job," Lindsey said. "...That's how they operated, and that's what they taught anyone and everyone that ever worked with them."
McSpadden was involved as a representative at the Capitol for pork producers during what he liked to call the "Hog Wars." The Oklahoma Pork Council honored McSpadden in 2013 with their Distinguished Service Award because of his many years of work that began in a time when there were those who wanted to push the rapidly expanding pork industry out of the state. Here's the summary of that era that was detailed a couple of years ago as the Pork Council honored McSpadden.
The Tulsa World quoted friend Jami Longacre - "Bart McSpadden was one of the most wonderful men I know. He adored his wife, Kate, loved his four children and thought his mother, Donna, was queen of the world. Bart carried on the legacy of his father, Clem, by having the highest standards of integrity as a longtime lobbyist at the state Capitol.
"Bart was a kind-hearted, tender man who would do anything for those in need. His good humor was always contagious, and he was loved and respected by all who knew him."
Services for Bart McSpadden will be held Wednesday morning at 10:00 AM at the Crossings Community Church Chapel on North Portland in Oklahoma City.
For details about a memorial that has been set up for Bart's children- here's the Obituary that has been released by the Funeral Home.
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