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Bart McSpadden, 46, Dies of Apparent Heart Attack

by Jim Bainbridge | Sep 20, 2014

Bart McSpadden, the son of Donna McSpadden and the late ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductee Clem McSpadden, died early Sept. 19 at his home in Edmond, Okla., of an apparent heart attack. He was 46.

McSpadden had worked for 16 years as a lobbyist in the state capitol, representing the Oklahoma Pork Council, earning a reputation for hard work and integrity.

“Bart McSpadden was one of the most wonderful men I know,” fellow lobbyist Jami Longacre, told the Tulsa World. “He adored his wife, Kate, loved his four children and thought his mother, Donna, was queen of the world. Bart carried on the legacy of his father, Clem, by having the highest standards of integrity as a longtime lobbyist at the state Capitol.

“Bart was a kind-hearted, tender man who would do anything for those in need. His good humor was always contagious, and he was loved and respected by all who knew him.”

Clem McSpadden, who died in 2008, was a famed rodeo announcer, general manager of the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City, member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Oklahoma legislator and lobbyist. He was the grand-nephew of Will Rogers and grew up in Oologah.

Services for Bart McSpadden will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City.

The Bart McSpadden Memorial Children’s Fund has been established for memorial donations at Arvest Bank, Attn: P. Andrade, 2025 Sonoma Park Dr., Edmond, OK 73013, and another memorial fund has been established at the Bank of Commerce, P.O. Box 29, Chelsea, OK 74016.

Courtesy of PRCA