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Former US Marshal, OK County Commissioner Stuart Earnest Dies

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Stuart Earnest Sr. died Saturday following a brief illness. Stuart Earnest Sr. died Saturday following a brief illness.

Stuart Earnest Sr., a three-term United States Marshal who later served as an Oklahoma County Commissioner, died Saturday in Oklahoma City.

"I had the honor of serving on the staff of Commissioner Earnest and I knew him to be a public servant of honor and integrity," County Commissioner Brian Maughan said.

Maughan said family members contacted him with news of Earnest's death, which came after a brief illness.

Earnest was appointed U. S. Marshal for the Western District of Oklahoma by President Ronald Reagan in 1982 and was later reappointed by President George H. W. Bush. He served in that role for 12 years, the longest tenure for any U. S. Marshal in the district's history.

Earnest was also a longtime volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, with some 30 years of service to its Exploring program.

He was elected Oklahoma County Commissioner in 1994 and re-elected in 1998, representing District 3. Earnest was a native of Wewoka.

Maughan said family services will be private. Earnest is survived by his wife Revanelle, four children, ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Earnest was 74 years old.

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