An up and coming member of the Cleveland County Republican party was killed in a car accident last Wednesday.
Michael Klinglesmith, 34, died in a car wreck in Austin, Texas, according to reports.
Klinglesmith -- who resided in northern Cleveland County with his wife Angie, a former OU cheerleader, and their three young children -- ran on the Republican ticket for the House District 53 seat in 2004.
A small business owner, Klinglesmith's platform included tort, workers compensation and tax reform to push economic development in the state. "I love my home," Klinglesmith said of Oklahoma in a 2004 interview with The American. "I'm not out to change it. I just want to improve it."
After graduating from Midwest City High School, Klinglesmith went on to graduate from Cornell University in Ithica, N.Y., where he competed on the school's varsity wrestling squad for four years.
He is survived by his wife, daughter Carson, 9, and sons Michael, 6, and Garynn, 2.
A fund has been set up at Republic Bank and Trust -- 401 W. Main St., Norman, OK 73069 -- for donations to the Michael Klinglesmith Memorial Fund.
A Mass of Christian burial is at 10 a.m. today at St. Mark The Evangelist Catholic Church in Norman. Burial follows at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Norman. Services are under the direction of Havenbrook Funeral Home.