Sewell was born in Oklahoma City and moved to Atoka while in high school. It was a place he and his family called home.
After graduating from East Central University, he went on to attend the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy. He served with OHP for 32 years.
“I worked for Capt. Sewell for almost 10 years,” OHP Captain Scott Hampton said. “His whole existence was serving and really trying to make someone laugh. He was always the life of the party.”
Sewell was named Trooper of the Year in 1988 after being shot in the line of duty.
He was a referee for high school football games; he was a drug abuse instructor at schools; he was involved with the Special Olympics; and was even a volunteer firefighter.
“Impacted a lot of lives when it came to reaching outside of the Highway Patrol,” Hampton said.
OHP Capt. Jeff Sewell with family members. (File/Courtesy)
But most important to Sewell was his family. He fathered two daughters, and earned the nickname ‘Pa’ from his five grandchildren. One of the many things Pa’s family will miss most is his special touch in the kitchen.
“Chocolate gravy, chocolate biscuits, chocolate doughnuts he always made,” recalled his daughter, Jenni Allen. “Sunday mornings, Saturday mornings and Christmas he would make us breakfast… and he loved chocolate.”
Sewell’s service was filled with warm words from family members.
“Jeff was in my life for over 20 years,” said Sewell’s son-in-law Tommy Allen. “He didn’t have a son, but he treated me like one. And that meant a lot to me.”
Law enforcement from all over the state came to Atoka on Thursday to pay their respects.
The overall message of the service: Jeff Sewell was one of a kind, and will never be forgotten.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Jeff Sewell died September 26, 2020 after battling COVID-19. (OHP)