End of an Era | OEC News

Join us in celebrating Frank’s 26 years at OEC

Amid the hustle of daily operations at Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, a well-worn desk sits empty, empty, its usual occupant now exchanging blueprints for fishing rods.

After 26 years of dedicated service, a journey that has seen the transformation of both landscapes and lives, Frank Shepherd stepped into a well-deserved retirement in January, leaving behind a legacy as enduring as the power lines he helped design.

Frank began working at OEC in 1997 as an operations laborer in Right-Of-Way. In 1998, he shifted to the shop and subsequently became an apprentice in Field Design in 1999. Several years and a couple of position changes later, he was promoted to Lead Field Design in February 2011, which he held for 13 years with distinction.

In his day-to-day role, Frank excelled as an oil and gas specialist, showcasing his expertise in Field Design, but his real passion for all things fishing was well known.

“Frank’s passion for fishing was legendary,” said Thad Peterson, OEC’s vice president of engineering. “He supplied homemade jigs and spinner baits to half the co-op! His signature bass drawings in our REA Hall-of-Fame sheets will be missed. He brought the same precision to his work as he did to his fishing.”

Frank’s dependable and detail-oriented work style left behind a legacy of commitment and excellence. His colleagues will remember him for his professional achievements and personal hobbies.

“Frank has been an embodiment of diligence and excellence,” said Patrick Grace, OEC CEO. “His dependability and attention to detail have been invaluable to OEC.”

Frank Shepherd’s retirement marks the end of an era for Oklahoma Electric, but his impact will resonate for years to come.

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