The Edmond Sun

July 9, 2013

ME’s office investigates school board member’s death

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

OKLA. CITY — Deer Creek Board of Education member Jacob Mays, 31, was found dead in his home July 4.

According to an Oklahoma City police report, Mays was found by police deceased inside his far northwest Oklahoma City home. Police went to the home after an unnamed person asked to file a missing person's report. No one answered the door and police interviewed a neighbor, who helped them reach Mays’ ex-wife. She helped them find a key that worked, allowing police entry into the home. Mays was found in a bedroom in the home, according to the report.

“Cause and manner of death are pending,” said Eddie Johnson, spokesman for the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s office.

Mays was elected to Deer Creek School Board’s Seat No. 1 in 2011. A former Deer Creek student who graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and a master’s degree of Business Administration, he received a graduate degree from Vanderbilt University in Bank Operations Management.

Mays moved back to the area in 2006 with his family including two children, a daughter who will be in the eighth grade at Deer Creek Middle School and a son who will be in the first grade.

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

He and his family were members of Crossings Community Church.  

“Jacob loved his Lord, his family and the children and families of Deer Creek, said Ranet Tippens, superintendent of Deer Creek Schools. “Jacob shared his many financial and technological talents freely with Deer Creek Schools,” Tippens said. “He was passionate about having the best in academics and extra-curricular programs. He was always a champion for the children.”

Employed by MidFirst Bank, Mays was currently senior vice president and director of information technology for the bank.

Services for Jacob Mays will be at Crossings Community Church at 11 a.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, a fund is being established for the children, Hannah and Landon Mays at Kirkpatrick Bank.