Okay School Board Member, Booster Killed In Tulsa Crash

Tuesday, March 3rd 2015, 6:54 pm
By: Emory Bryan

A Wagoner County man was killed Monday night on Highway 75 - when he got out of his car after an accident and was hit by another car.

Joe Burk died at the scene.

The town of Okay, and especially folks at the high school, are mourning the loss of one of the school's biggest boosters, who was killed in a car accident in Tulsa.

Outside Okay High School, school spirit is high, because the basketball team advanced in the playoffs. Inside, hearts are heavy over the death of a life long school booster Joe Burk.

He was a 1999 graduate of the school, and the superintendent, a close friend, says he never lost his school spirit.

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"He's been very instrumental in everything we do here. He loved to dream big for Okay," said Superintendent of Schools Charlie McMahan.

"I think we're all in shock, that we've lost one our community members. It's kind of been a blur."

Burke was killed in a chain reaction crash on Interstate 44 and Highway 75. He was going home from a basketball game when his car was hit, and one of his two children in the car was injured.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol report says after Burk got out of his car, another came along and hit him.

"I guess with Joe, if that's the way you have to go, he left in a good way, coming home from a Mustang game," McMahan said.

Burk was 33 years old, an active single father and a Farmer's Insurance agent in Muskogee. He was Vice President of the school board in Okay.

"I think we're all in shock, that we've lost one our community members. It's kind of been a blur," said Charlie McMahan, Okay superintendent.

While funeral plans are being made, the Okay Mustangs are making plans for their next playoff game later in the week. They're going to play that game and say Joe Burke wouldn't have wanted it any other way.