Funeral services for Tim Wigley, former president of the Denver-based Western Energy Alliance industry-advocacy group, are planned for Sept. 28 in Oklahoma City.
Wigley died Sept. 7 after a short battle with cancer. He was 56.
Wigley was with WEA from 2012 to 2016, when he became president of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, before moving to Washington, D.C., last year. He died in Arlington, Virginia.
He is characterized in his obituary as an "orator embodying a Baptist preacher," who is said to have given almost 2,000 speeches.
"He will always be remembered for his strategic leadership and maverick approach," according to a memorial provided by PAC/West Communications, the government relations, lobbying, strategic communications and campaign management firm in Denver, where Wigley worked as executive vice president beginning in 2002.
"A 38-year veteran of politics working on numerous high-profile campaigns across the U.S., Tim championed causes for the natural resource industries as well as the people who get dirt under their fingernails and splinters in their hands to produce consumer goods," the memorial states.
Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Sunnyside Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.
In lieu of flowers, family and friends can donate to the Tim Wigley Memorial Scholarship Fund by clicking here. The fund benefits Christian Heritage Academy in Oklahoma City, where Wigley graduated in 1981, after he was the first student to enroll there, according to his obituary. He received his undergraduate degree in political science from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1985.
He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Melissa Simpson, children London and Rook Clark, parents Don and Shirley Wigley, brother Mike Wigley (and his wife, Rose), sister Elizabeth Hubbard (and her husband, Mitchell), as well as biological siblings Eric Hansen and sister Jennifer Hansen Norton.
"He was proud to be an adopted child, growing up in a loving home where his family cherished the gift of being 'selected, not expected,'" his obituary states. "Tim’s family had lifelong influence over his constitution. His down-to-earth roots, along with a strong work ethic and passion for faith and the nation, made him one of the most successful political operatives in the country."
Wigley was active in conservative politics throughout his adult life, after he began volunteering for campaigns when he was 17 years old. He later worked for the Mississippi Republican Party, the Mississippi Manufacturers Association and the Republican Party of New Mexico.
After working for People for the West in Pueblo, Wigley moved to Oregon in 1995 to join paper company Georgia-Pacific. He became president of the Oregon Forest Industries Council in 1998.
He loved music and played classic rock on drums for several bands: Capital Punishment, Cover Up, Radio Flyer, Mud Puppy and Slush Fund.
"He remained friends with the band members and fans throughout the years and after moving back to D.C. was ready for the next gig," states his memorial. "Ever the athlete, Tim was also an accomplished mountain climber having successfully made the summit of seven 'fourteeners.' And of course, he was an Oklahoma Sooners football fan forever."
"He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew his laugh, shared his passion, and found solace in knowing that the good guys can actually make a difference."
Details for a memorial service being planned in late October in Washington, D.C., are forthcoming.