Ex-Oklahoma Gov. David Hall Dies At Age 85 In California

Friday, May 6th 2016, 3:39 pm
By: News 9

The family of former Oklahoma Gov. David Hall says the 85-year-old Hall has died at a California hospital.

Hall's daughter, Julie Martin, says Hall was already in the hospital when he died Friday after suffering a stroke. Martin says Hall was surrounded by his wife, Jo Evans Hall, and three children when he died.

Hall served one term as governor of Oklahoma from 1971-75 and was indicted on federal racketeering and extortion charges three days after leaving office. He was later convicted of bribery and extortion and served 19 months of a three-year sentence.

He continued to maintain his innocence and wrote a book about his experience.

Martin says her father would always speak fondly of his time as governor, despite the circumstances of his exit.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin released the following statement, 

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family of former Governor David Hall. During his tenure as governor, he focused on the state’s education system and was committed to expanding Oklahoma’s roads. He called education the ‘golden problem solver of the 20th century,’ and introduced what was then the largest-road-building program in Oklahoma history.

I served as a page at the Capitol my sophomore year at Tecumseh High School, and still have the picture Governor Hall took with me.”