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With a heavy heart, Atoka mourns the loss of Oklahoma Highway Patrol Captain Jeffrey “Jeff” Sewell.
An Atoka resident, Captain Sewell had served 32 years with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Sewell passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2020 after a long battle with Covid. His body was returned to Oklahoma with an escort of Texas and Oklahoma State Troopers.
A family man, Jeff is survived by his wife, Ellen Denise Sewell, and children, Jenni Allen and husband Tommy of Bentley, Randi Sue Hauff and husband Casey of Atoka; five grandchildren, Mady Hauff of Atoka, Kamri Hauff of Atoka, Kamrynn Allen of Bentley, Logan Joy Sewell of Atoka, Kasen Max Allen of Bentley.
Jeff was a rancher and enjoyed his cattle and baling hay. He was very involved in the local Special Olympics and Tip A Cop, always attended the Special Olympics summer games in Stillwater.
He enjoyed football, and was named All District and All Area football player for Atoka. Jeff refereed football games for 35 years before retiring.
He was a several time marathon finisher, running the Oklahoma City Bombing Marathon three different times. Jeff was a volunteer fireman for Atoka seven and a half years and was awarded Firefighter of the Year in 1995.
Captain Sewell was shot in the line of duty in November 1988 while working in Roger Mills County. He received Trooper of the Year in 1988.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol released the following statement about Captain Sewell:
“The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is deeply saddened to announce the passing of active duty Captain Jeffery W. Sewell #26. Captain Sewell had been hospitalized since September 5 due to COVID-19.
“He passed away at Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas on September 26. The Texas Department of Public Safety escorted Captain Sewell home to Atoka on September 27.
“Captain Sewell was a graduate of the 43rd Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy in 1988, beginning his career as a trooper in Troop H, Clinton. In 1989, he was transferred to Troop E, Durant, spending 10 years there and being promoted to Lieutenant in 1999.
“In 2006, he was promoted to Captain in Troop F, Ardmore, and continued his service as a Captain in Troop D, McAlester, Troop E, Durant and Troop XC, Indian Nation Turnpike, McAlester. In the summer of 2020, he began assignment as Captain of the Officer Assistance Program.
During his career, he participated in numerous additional duty opportunities such as the Police Corp in 2004, Emergency Response Team, DARE, TAC Supervisor of the 55th Academy, Special Olympics, Polar Plunge and Tip-A-Cop.
“He was involved in many other community projects and organizations. However, his greatest passion was his annual participation with Cadet Lawman, a week long summer camp that gives selected high school seniors-to-be a first-hand taste of what it takes to be a trooper.
“He was able to use his influence and leadership skills on the thousands of teenagers that participated over the years.”
Captain Sewell’s funeral will be Thursday, October 1, 2020, at the Atoka Football Stadium beginning at 2:00 p.m.
The Atoka Public Schools will not have on-campus learning October 1st. The day will be considered a distance learning day to allow staff and community to attend the services.