Friday, April 10, 2015
State Rep. David Dank (R-OKC) passed away earlier today at his home of an apparent heart attack. According to news reports, Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan, a close friend, found him late in the afternoon while checking in on him after friends were unable to get in touch with Rep. Dank. He was 76. His wife Odilia, a former legislator, had passed away in 2013.
My father, State Rep. George Faught (R-Muskogee), was first elected to the House the same year as Rep. Dank (2007), and had this to say: "Rep. David Dank was a dear friend and mentor for me at the State Capitol. David was an advocate for the elderly and was a tireless champion for the Oklahoma taxpayer. We will sorely miss Rep. Dank, but his legacy will live on."
Gov. Mary Fallin issued the following statement: "Saddened to hear this evening of the passing of state Rep. David Dank. He was a hard-working, conscientious legislator as well as a great community leader and a savvy businessman who will be missed. I always appreciated his willingness to tell me what was on his mind. As a legislator, he looked out for the average citizens as exemplified by his diligence to work on issues benefiting senior citizens and to reform tax credits."