ARDMORE, Okla. (KTEN) – A stretch of Commerce Street in Ardmore has now been renamed in honor of the late Martin Dyer, a longtime town official.

Dyer served as commissioner and mayor. He made decisions that benefit the Ardmoreites every day.

After graduating from college, Tammy Townley came to Ardmore… where she met Dyer.

“He was just one of my best friends here in this community and he was actually my very first campaign contributor when I decided to run for state representative,” said Townley, who represents District 48 since 2018.

She returned the favor by introducing legislation to rename three miles from Commerce Street to Ardmore after Dyer.

“He was so tenacious and so positive, and he always told me that people are never going to be 100% happy with anything you do,” Townley recalled. “But you still have to serve the people.”

Sheryl Ellis, the current mayor of Ardmore and Martin’s longtime colleague, said she also reached out to him for advice.

“I don’t think there’s anyone in this community who doesn’t love Martin,” the mayor said. “They may not know him, but they will certainly benefit today from the work he has done over the years.”

Dedication means the world to Dyer’s family, who grew up with a great example of what it means to serve the public.

“Listening to people, being patient and staying calm in all situations,” said Dyer’s son Steve.

And once they learned that Governor Kevin Stitt had signed the legislation for the name change…

“I cried a little,” Steve Dyer said. “He was just a really good man, he was a great mentor to me.”

Martin Dyer has been involved in many street projects in Ardmore, so as you drive along Commerce between Veterans Boulevard and Broadway, keep an eye out for the sign that pays homage to one of the city’s civic giants.