It’s always tough when we lose someone that meant a lot to us.
Somehow, it’s even worse when we lose someone that meant a lot to many.
Michael Dean Reid, the victim of a hit-and-run while jogging near the Creek County Turnpike this past Tuesday, will be celebrated and laid to rest on Friday, January 6th.
Some know him as dad, some know him as “Pop,” but most of us know him as the kind-hearted administrator that led our children.
The evidence of his impact has come pouring in through stories and photos being shared and told across not only Sapulpa, but in nearby schools and across the state. Parents shared photos of him with their children at school. Others have donated their running shoes as a memorial on the bridge where he was killed.
Unfortunately, his attacker has yet to be found.
Services for Michael Dean Reid will be held on 2:00 p.m. at New Community Church in Muskogee. His obituary is posted below.
Michael’s Celebration will be Friday @ 2pm at the Muskogee New Community Church.Michael’s favorite chocolate snacks will be served afterward pic.twitter.com/8a2cbvVVjh
— Sapulpa District (@SapulpaDistrict) January 5, 2017
Michael Dean Reid, 49, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Michael was born in Everett, Washington on February 15, 1967 to Bill and Beverly “Jimmie” Reid. He graduated from Tahlequah High School. He received his Bachelor in Education from Northeastern State University and his Masters in Administration from The University of Central Oklahoma.
While he spent most of his career teaching and coaching in Muskogee, he also held numerous administrative positions throughout the state. Most recently, he served as the Accountability Director for Sapulpa Public Schools.
Michael married the love of his life, Linda July 5, 2001 in Eureka Springs, AR. They enjoyed traveling, working out, and spending time playing with their grandchildren.
Michael loved God and his family first and foremost. Anyone that knew him will tell you he was also proud of each and every student taught- and particularly those he coached in his years at Muskogee and El Reno. Michael had a great passion for running, and please don’t call him a jogger, or worse, a pedestrian. He will tell you he was a runner.
He lived his life to the fullest every day. He was known as “Pop” by his grandkids and he regularly dressed up in a blanket cape and a crown to entertain them. He knew every word to “Let It Go,” and he was quite proud of that.
He will be greatly missed by all those that loved him and those whose lives he touched.
Michael is preceded in death by his brother, William Heath Reid.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Kyle Reid of Tulsa, OK; parents, Bill and Jimmie Reid of Fayetteville, AR; son, Shawn Reid and fiancé Brittany and their children Camden Michael Tanner and Talon of Pryor, OK; son, Brandon Reid of Pryor, OK; daughter, Shannon George and husband Aaron and their children Kyle and Kory of Muskogee, OK, son, Bryan Cage and his wife Shawna and their children Riley, Ashley, and Nathan of Muskogee, OK, son, John Hasler, Jr. and his wife Amy and their children Gatlin Reid and Harper of Muskogee, OK; daughter, Caitlin Hasler and son Lincoln Dean of Muskogee; brother, Phillip Reid and wife Melissa of Fayetteville, AR; sister, Christina Stech and husband Brian of Barrington, UT. It is a testament to Michael that three of his grandchildren were named after him.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 6, 2017 at New Community Church, 3600 E. Shawnee Rd., Muskogee, OK, followed by lights snacks of Michael’s favorites – brownies and chocolate chip cookies – in the church foyer.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Life Church South Broken Arrow, Attention: Giving, 5801 S Elm Place, Broken Arrow, OK 74011.