OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – State Rep. David Dank, 76, died Friday in his Oklahoma City home.
Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan, a close friend, found Dank about 5 p.m. after being unable to reach him all day.
“It was a complete shock,” Maughan said. “Nobody could have expected this.”
Maughan said Dank had mentored him throughout his career and taught him the intricacies of public service.
“Oklahoma has lost a man of integrity and dedication,” he said. “He was a champion of the taxpayers. We will not see his like again.”
An Oklahoma City police spokesman said Dank appeared to have died of natural causes. Maughan said it appeared he had suffered a heart attack.
Maughan said Dank struggled with grief after his wife, Odilia Dank, who also was a state representative, died in Aug. 17, 2013 at 74.
Elected in 2007, Dank was a Republican who represented District 85, including parts of Nichols Hills, Oklahoma City, The Village and Warr Acres. He was re-elected in November.
Dank was a leader in calling for tax credit reform. In an August Oklahoman article, Dank said lawmakers must put the taxpayer first when weighing tax credits.Follow @FortySixNews