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Carl C. Hiner
Former Payne County Sheriff Carl C. Hiner passed away in Stillwater on November 30, 2016 at the age of 73 after a long battle with Mantle Cell Lymphoma.
He was born in Stillwater on February 10, 1943, to Lewis and Aileen (Hilton) Hiner and made Payne County his home for most of his life. He graduated from C. E. Donart High School in 1961 and married his high school sweetheart, Carol Jardot, on June 22, 1962. Together they raised one son and four daughters. They now have eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In 2001, they bought land and built their dream home north of Stillwater and fulfilled their life- long dream of living in the country.
In the early years, Carl worked for Ward Buick in the parts department and as service manager and later as service manager for Vincent Chevrolet. Carl began his law enforcement career and joined the Oklahoma Highway Patrol where he graduated from the 26th Oklahoma Highway Patrol Training Academy in April 1970. He was assigned to Murray County and the family lived in Davis, OK. Carl and Carol later returned to Stillwater where they purchased and operated Carl's DX Service Station on West 6th Street for many years. Carl returned to law enforcement after being recruited to join the Payne County Sheriff's Office in 1977. While a Deputy under then Sheriff Frank Phillips, Carl excelled in the department earning a reputation for his honesty, integrity and hard work. He was assigned as Investigator and later as Undersheriff under Phillips. When Phillips announced his retirement in June 1984, he recommended and supported Carl as his successor. Carl ran a successful campaign and took office as Sheriff of Payne County in January 1985. His first campaign was the only time he was opposed for office. He went on to serve as Payne County Sheriff for the next 22 years before retiring in 2007 with a total of nearly 32 years in law enforcement. Carl always said that he wasn't much of a politician: "What you see is what you get." He believed in treating everyone fairly and justly and that everyone deserved an opportunity to prove themselves. He believed that most people who found themselves in trouble could be helped more with a kind word and a stern approach to solve the problem believing a jail cell was not always the answer. A stack of appreciation letters received over the years, many from people placed in jail by Hiner, are a testament to his beliefs.
As Sheriff, Carl served not only Payne County but held many state-wide board and advisory positions within the law enforcement community including the Law Enforcement Advisory Committee for Central Tech and the Advisory Committee for the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET). Hiner was instrumental in the establishment and advisement for the Oklahoma Sheriff's Association and served as President, 1995-1997; First Vice- President, 1994; Board of Directors, 1995-1999; Legislative Committee Chair, 1995-1997; Bylaws Committee; Department Of Corrections Committee; Building Committee; and the New Sheriffs Orientation Training Committee. In addition, he served as President of the County Officers and Deputies Association in 1997. He was honored with the Liberty Bell Award presented by the Payne County Bar Association in 2007 for his outstanding contributions to the legal system of Payne County and the State of Oklahoma. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Sheriffs' Association Hall of Fame in 2007.
Carl is survived by his wife Carol of 54 years; son Randy Hiner of Stillwater, OK; Daughters: Carla Harnly and husband Mark of Stillwater, OK; Caryn Bailey and husband Kenny of Apache, OK; Melissa Eason and husband Mike of McKinney, TX; and Mindy Hesser and husband Jeff of Durant, OK. They have eight grandchildren: Kyle and Shaunalynn Hiner, Eric Hiner, Dylan and Skylar Harnly, Anna Harnly, Taylor Bailey, Emily and William Eason and Paige Hesser. Two great grandchildren Evangeline and Kade Hiner. Five brothers: Tom Hiner and wife Carol J. of Stillwater, OK; Bob Hiner of Bethany, OK; Bill Hiner of Oklahoma City, OK; Mike Hiner of Stillwater, OK; and Jim Hiner of Perkins, OK; as well as numerous other family members.
A tribute service will be held on Tuesday, December 6 at 2:00 p.m. at Sunnybrook Christian Church located at 421 E. Richmond Road with burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Published on December 2, 2016
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