Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma City - Gov. Brad Henry today ordered that all flags on state property will be flown at half staff in honor of former governor and U.S. Senator Henry Bellmon, who died this morning at the age of 88.
"Oklahoma today mourns the passing of a legend," Gov. Henry said.
"Henry Bellmon was not only a proud Oklahoman, but in many ways embodied Oklahoma -- tough-minded, hard-working, honest, patriotic and a true son of the land. He was a man who preferred deeds to words. Most important, Henry Bellmon was a superb leader and public servant who always sought to better this state he so dearly loved. From the State Capitol to the chamber of the United States Senate, Henry Bellmon served his constituents with quiet dignity and an even hand."
Gov. Henry added that he was privileged to have known Bellmon.
"For me, he was a personal hero and an inspiration," he said.
"Gov. Bellmon demonstrated that politics did not have to succumb to the rancor and showmanship that can so often mar the process. He was a consensus builder whose convictions transcended partisanship and ideology. I am grateful to have been friends with this extraordinary man, and I am better for having known him. All Oklahomans, in fact, are better for having benefited from his strong and steady leadership.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this time."