The Norman Transcript

August 20, 2013

Former Okla. lawmaker dies at 74 after cancer

Associated Press
The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — Odilia Dank, a former Oklahoma City legislator who became the first Republican to lead the House Education Committee, has died after a long battle with cancer, House officials said Monday.

Dank died Saturday at Oklahoma Heart Hospital, House officials said. She was 74.

A school teacher and counselor in the Oklahoma City and Mid-Del school districts for 28 years, Dank was elected to her House District 85 seat in northern Oklahoma City in 1994. She served in the Legislature for 12 years, until she was term limited in 2006. She also served as vice chair of the Oklahoma Republican Party and as a board member for the Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System.

Her husband, David Dank, succeeded her in the House and currently holds the post.

A funeral mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Christ the King Catholic Church in Oklahoma City. A Rosary will be 6:30 p.m. Friday at the church.