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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?”


  1. Jackie Paul was a great friend and I loved him. My Mother loved him even more …and taught him the piano from a young age. He was valued as a friend by many, many people. Heaven has acquired one of the great ones.

  2. I’m so sorry to hear about Jackie Pauls death. Butch Hallmark has been inquiring and now I can tell him about the arrangements.

  3. This really hurts, another classmate gone much to early. I will be lifting his family up in prayer. Jackie was one of the best.

  4. God bless J P, and hold his family in the palm of your hand. He was a swell friend and fellow Crockett Bulldog.

  5. Jackie will be missed. He fought the good fight. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers now and in the coming days.

  6. Jackie Paul was an outstanding, energetic, and giving Christian who was a joy to be around. He served so many in unselfish and thoughtful ways. The world is much better for his life here on Earth.

  7. Jackie Durrett was one of the greatest servants and givers ever born. He was a supporter of mine all my life. He and Patti were a couple who supported me in many ways. I am forever blessed to have known Jackie. You my brother are an amazing and beautiful soul. Your legacy is truly a life well lived. We will once again celebrate together at the greatest wedding reception ever held. When our precious Jesus becomes the Bridegroom to His eternal bride, the church of Jesus Christ. Blessings and grace, the very presence of the Lord surround all the Durrett family. Love to all who feel his great loss✝️❤️️ Jackie, you are home and you are free…????✝️

  8. To Jackie’s family–One of the first students that I met my freshman year at Baylor University was Jackie(1966). Though I had not seen him since graduation his accomplishments fulfilled his personality. May the family find comfort through their faith and the memories left to cherish.

    Wally(Waco, Tx)

  9. Our sincere sympathy to Patti, Darren’s family, and Brendan’s family. I know how precious Jackie was to you all. I will always hold dear the memories of spending my summer months with the Durrett family; I was his first cousin, but he was like a little brother to me. Jackie was always a fine Christian and he continued his journey through life never wavering. Jackie lived his life bravely, faithfully and cheerfully and was well prepared to live his life immortally. God’s Blessings be upon you. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

  10. The Durrett ‘s have been a part of the Edmond Springhill neighborhood family for many years. We were lucky enough to be a neighbor of theirs for over 21 years and got to know Jackie & Patti. We watched as Darren & Brendan grew up and became adults and saw how proud Jackie was of his family. It was a sad day when we moved from the neighborhood. Jackie was a Baylor Bear through & through and was proud of his heritage. He was one of the most honest and kind men I’ve ever known. We are all better people for having known Jackie Durrett. Our sincere condolences and sympathy to the entire Durrett family.

  11. May God Bless you all during this time… Jackie Paul was a such a kind cousin! I will always cherish the time spent in Crockett with all the Durrett Family!
    Precious memories; always to be treasured and thankful for.
    My prayers for Patti, Darren and family, Brenden and family.
    With Love
    Sondra Beeson Dickman

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