The Edmond Sun

July 8, 2013

Deer Creek board member Mays passes away unexpectedly

Services set for Thursday

The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — The Deer Creek Public School District announced the loss of one of its board members on Monday. His cause of death on July 4 was not immediately released Monday.

Services for Jacob Mays will be in the Venue at Crossings Community Church, at 11 a.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, a fund is being established for the children, a son in the first grade and a daughter in the eighth grade in the Deer Creek Public School District.

“It is with very heavy hearts that we share the loss of Jacob Mays, Deer Creek alum and board member,” said Ranet Tippens, superintendent of Deer Creek Schools. “Jacob loved his Lord, his family and the children and families of Deer Creek. He shared his many financial and technological talents freely with Deer Creek Schools. He was passionate about having the best in academics and extra-curricular programs. He was always a champion for the children. Jacob was a true friend and guide by the side working tirelessly to improve Deer Creek Public Schools. His presence in all of our lives will be greatly missed. Our condolences go out to family and friends in this time of great loss.”   

Mays was an alumni of the Deer Creek School District and served in various capacities before his election to serve on the Deer Creek Board of Education.  

Mays has served on the Deer School Board since 2011 representing Ward No. 1 as well as serving on numerous Deer Creek committees including School Redistricting and served as PTO treasurer.

“Deer Creek is saddened to learn of the passing of our School Board member, Jacob Mays,” said board spokesperson Lenis DeRieux. “Our hearts and condolences go out to his family, friends, and coworkers. Deer Creek will support and assist the Mays family as they go through the grieving and healing process.”

Deer Creek’s Health and Wellness program and counselors are available to assist with faculty, students and families. Anyone in need of help or support should contact the following number so that those in need can be provided the appropriate assistance, 348-6100, ext. 1138.  

“Jacob Mays was our friend and colleague,” said Danny Barnes, Deer Creek School Board president. “Jacob Mays was our friend and colleague. His dedication to the Deer Creek students and community was an inspiration for all who worked with him. Our heartfelt condolences go to his family. We will miss him greatly.”