Travis Kirkpatrick, former director of OMMA, dies on Tuesday
Travis Kirkpatrick, a longtime Oklahoma civil servant and former director of the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, died Tuesday.
Kirkpatrick, 40, has spent nearly 18 years in various positions in state government, working for agencies including the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the ‘Oklahoma Healthcare Authority, Office of Juvenile Affairs and State Department of Health.
He was named director of the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority in January 2020 and served in that role for nearly a year. During this time, the industry has seen tremendous growth in the number of licensed businesses and medical marijuana cardholders. By the time he left his post, the agency was overseeing nearly 400,000 licensees.
Kirkpatrick served as the health department’s representative on Governor Kevin Stitt’s COVID-19 task force, and would later become the department’s deputy commissioner. He continued to work in the state government until this summer when he left for a job in the private sector.
Kirkpatrick died of what is believed to be sudden cardiac arrest, his family told The Oklahoman.
Known for his exuberant and outgoing personality, he often paired colorful socks or basketball shoes with his elaborate suits and ties.
“He’s got one of those larger-than-life personalities, and he’s really driven, and he wants to be the best at whatever he gets his hands on,” Kirkpatrick’s wife, Daryn Kirkpatrick, said.
Brandon Kirkpatrick praised his brother’s ability to form friendships and support those he loved or worked with.
“He loved building them,” Brandon Kirkpatrick said. “He was such a good advocate for everyone he had a relationship with.”
His daughter, Madi Kirkpatrick, 16, said her father regularly writes her weekly notes of encouragement.
After attending high school in Edmond, Kirkpatrick earned a degree at the University of Central Oklahoma and his master’s degree in public administration at the University of Oklahoma.
He was a sports enthusiast and singer and loved attending sporting events for his children – Madi and 12-year-old Connor Kirkpatrick.
Travis Kirkpatrick’s funeral service will be held Friday at 3 p.m. Services will be held at OKC First Church of the Nazarene, 4400 Northwest Expressway.