Durant remembers longtime community icon

By: Ethan Hutchins Email
By: Ethan Hutchins Email

DURANT,OK---A former mayor and city council member passed away leaving a legacy spanning over 50 years.

The City of Durant is remembering one of its icons. Longtime Durant native Leon Sherrer served as mayor in the 1960's as well as two terms on the city council. But most know him as a businessman; the owner of Sherrer's Diner.

"Every day he got up, he dressed up and he showed up." said Sarah Sherrer.

Recently he was completing another two term tenure on the city council he began in 2003 a position his daughter in law Sarah Sherrrer, says the man affectionately known as "the Eldest City Councilman in the State of Oklahoma" enjoyed having.

"He was doing what he loved right up to the very end." said Sherrer.

Sherrer died Friday at age 94, but not before sharing his wisdom with others leading the town he called home.

"He didn't always have a lot to say, but when he did we listened." said Jerry Tomlinson.

Durant Mayor Jerry Tomlinson says Sherrer was a mentor to him, and all of the city council members.

"I don't think we'll fill Mr. Leon Sherrer's shoes ever again." said Tomlinson.

Sherrer was born in Oklahoma but worked around the country before he and his brother built and founded Sherrer's Diner off 9th street in Durant in 1948.

Durant Chamber of Commerce Executive director Janet Reed says the diner has been a staple in Durant ever since and Sherrer loved to be there.

"Leon was first and foremost a business man, and he was always busy at his restaurant." said Reed.

Reed says Sherrer left a lasting impact on Durant.

"He's definitely one of those people that you will always remember when you're coming through." said Reed.

Funeral services for Sherrer are scheduled for 1pm Wednesday afternoon at First Baptist Church in Durant.


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