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Memorial run Saturday
On Saturday, the second annual Jarod Martindale Memorial 5k race will start at 9 am in Cheyenne First Baptist Church. A free pancake breakfast will be provided by the congregation from 7-8:30 am, where registration for participants will also be held.
The officially sanctioned 5k will raised funds for the Jarond Martindale Memorial Scholarship, which is available to any Oklahoma high school senior attending Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Following Saturday’s event, the first scholarship will be awarded to the first participant.
Martindale was born on January 16, 1991, and died on July 1, 2012, when he committed suicide. An avid outdoorsman and ranch hand, his internal organs were in perfect condition and were all successfully donated to ailing patients. Four months following his death, his mother Susan Mabra and her husband Robbie were granted the opportunity to meet with a man who received one of a his kidneys, Ada financial advisor and Trinity Baptist Church deacon Jim York. As the two families shared the stories of their lives intersection on that fateful day, an immediate bond was formed.
Along with his wife Donna and two children Melissa and Adam, York called and emailed the Mabra family. Soon after, Mabra, her husband and three surviving children, Blake, Timmy and Brace, visited York’s Ada home and church. As the Yorks came to know Martindale through his life stories, the families decided to organize annual benefits to finance a yearly educational gift in his memory.
“I had looked into walks for suicide prevention, but we would have been unable to use the money for scholarship,” Mabra explained. “Jim was really the one who came up with going to SWOSU and starting this.”
As York sparked the plan, he says keeping Martindale’s memory alive while raising awareness for suicide prevention and organ donation inspired him to work with SWOSU, the college Martindale attended, to continue his donor’s giving nature.
“Through Jarod’s gift, I was able to extend my life and then got the chance to know his family. It is now important to me to keep his memory alive because he was a good man,” York stated.
After picking the school and benefit type, York and Mabra met with SWOSU officials to establish the scholarship. To secure its annual longevity, they had to first raise $10,000.
Although they only first met with SWOSU in January, 2013, they secured enough capitol to create an endowment, securing the scholarship for years to come through funding it by interest on the required minimum ...
Spring cleanup scheduled
The City of Elk City will allow the residents of Elk City free dumping at the Municipal Landfill during the first spring cleanup week of April 28 through May 3. Simply show your current Elk City residential water bill for waste to be accepted.
North to Alaska
On Saturday, former Elk City Mayor Teresa Mullican and her husband Joe will pack the remainder of their possession into a U-Haul with their dog, cat and two ATVs and begin their nearly 4,000 mile trek to their new home in Nikiski, Alaska.
“We are hoping to make the journey in eight days, but I’m sure we will have hold-ups along the way,” Mullican joked. “We haven’t actually scheduled where we will stop at hotels in case we are making good time, but we are thinking the drive will take no more than 11 days.”
A native of Gallup, NM, Mullican was born and raised on the Motheroad of Rt. 66 and understood early the travelers who embarked upon it. She met her future husband Joe and the couple moved to Hobbs, NM. They married in 1973 and had their first child, a son named Richard, a year later. With the oilfield booming, Joe’s work as a trained welder brought them to western Oklahoma in 1978.
“The local housing at that time was really tight, so we actually started out in Burns Flat. We didn’t find a house in Elk City until 1979,” Mullican recounted.
Young and unfamiliar with the area, Mullican was attracted to Burns Flat Jaycettes. At the time, the Jaycees had separate organizations for men and women. The group gave her the opportunity to meet people in the community while assisting them with meeting charitable needs. They raised funds for cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and put out yellow ribbons to honor veterans returning home from war.
“I was happy to be a part of helping, but it was self-serving in that I felt called to help others and also wanted to get to know people. The club gave me the chance to do both of that,” she said.
After their family secure Elk City housing, they founded J&T Machine Shop. Her husband used his welding skills to build and repair oilfield equipment while Mullican performed as the general office manager. In the meantime, she joined Elk City’s Jaycees Women club. While there were several civic groups, at that time, she enjoyed Jaycees because it was comprised of young adults within the community. When the national organization voted to disband the separate women’s clubs around 1985, Mullican was enthused about the bigger projects she would get to participate in ...