Mr. Durant: remembering a local icon

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DURANT,OK---The city of Durant remembers the life of a longtime resident who was a man of the community.

"He has left a legacy that will forever be remembered in our community." said Janet Reed

Last Thursday, the city of Durant lost a longtime member of their community.

Dean Samuel, known to most as Mr. Durant, passed away from Pneumonia; he was 92.

"He was truly Mr. Durant in the purest sense of the way." said Reed.

Durant Chamber of Commerce executive director Janet Reed says years ago, it was Samuel who encouraged her to get into tourism, and when she landed her current job a few years ago, it was Samuel who was there to congratulate her for landing the job he had for three years in the 80's.

"I guess you know that you were the one that put me on this pathway, and he laughed and he said and I remember just when it was." said Reed.

"Obviously we don't have him anymore but we do feel like his legacy is going to live on in the community." said Kyle Stafford.

Throughout the years this World War Two veteran helped promote Lake Texoma, served in the Kiwanis club, attended almost every ribbon cutting ceremony for new area businesses and talked to whoever would listen.

"He always looked for a way to compliment people, to find something good and impress upon them that it meant something to him." said Stafford.

Reed says Samuel will be remembered as a man who lived for the community such as his nickname suggests.

"He believed in this area, he promoted this area and he loved the people he was around." said Reed.