Jackie Paul Durrett, age 68, of Edmond, OK, passed away on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at OU Health Sciences Center – OU Medical Center after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born in Crockett, Texas on August 9, 1948 to Luther and Louise Durrett, the youngest of three sons, Luther Ray and Vernon Eugene. He graduated in 1966 from Crocket High School, then earned a business degree from Baylor University in 1970 where he was an active member of KOT fraternity. Later, he earned a MBA in medical administration from Oklahoma City University.
He married Patti (Patricia) A. Carruth on September 9, 1972, at Miller Chapel on Baylor Campus, Waco, TX.
Mr. Durrett began his career in 1970 as administrator and program director of the McLennan County Medical Education & Research Foundation & Family Medicine Residency Training Program in Waco, Texas. From 1982 to the present, he has served as the administrator for the OU Department of Family Medicine & Residency Training Program. He was also an associate professor, teaching Practice Management to resident physicians. His career spanned 46 years earning numerous awards and recognition for outstanding service. He was a founding member of the Association of Family Medicine Administration (AFMA), and the Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM). He also was a Fellow of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). In 2010 he received the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP) Friend of Medicine Award for outstanding commitment to Family Medicine. In October of 2016, he was nominated for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) for the F. Marian Bishop Leadership Award.
Mr. Durrett is survived by his wife Patti, of Edmond, OK; son Darren J. and wife Rebecca, of Richardson, TX; daughter Brenden C. Durrett Ivy and husband Heath, of Edmond, OK; four grandchildren Dylan Elizabeth, Andrew Aaron and Lucas Finn Durrett of Richardson, TX and Christopher Sean Ivy of Edmond, OK; brother Luther Ray Durrett of Crockett, TX; nephew Ray Durrett, of Lufkin, TX; nieces Stephanie Durrett Wilkerson and Stacey Durrett Bear of Crockett, TX.
He is preceded in death by his parents Luther and Louise Durrett, brother Vernon Eugene, and niece Diane Durrett.
Viewing will be held at Matthews Funeral Home, 601 South Kelly Avenue, Edmond, OK on Thursday, November 3 from 6 to 8 pm. Funeral service will be Friday, November 4th at 10:00 am at Crossing Community Church Chapel, 14600 Portland Avenue, OKC, followed by interment at 3:00 pm at Rose Hill Cemetery, 1604 C Street S.E. in Ardmore OK.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the University of Oklahoma Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 258856, Oklahoma City, OK 73125-8856. Indicate “In memory of Jackie Durrett for the benefit of the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center”, or to the charity of your choice.
The Durrett family wishes to acknowledge the special care given to Jackie by the medical staff of the OU Health Sciences Center-OU Medical Center, the Stephenson Cancer Center, the entire team of Family Physicians and the outpouring of support and love from his colleagues, friends and family throughout this difficult time.
Jackie was a devoted husband, father, friend and colleague. His faith in the Lord Jesus Christ sustained him throughout his life and he was a living example found in this scripture from Micah 6:8 — “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”