Courtesy Washington State Dairy Women
The Washington dairy industry is mourning the deaths of Anna Teachman, the 2017-18 state dairy ambassador, and her father, Michael Teachman, who were killed in a vehicle crash Sunday in Oklahoma.
Anna Teachman, 19, and her father, 57, both of SeaTac, were traveling in the Tulsa area. A pickup towing a trailer crossed the centerline of a state highway and collided with the car driven by Michael Teachman, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Anna Teachman planned to enroll in the fall at Oklahoma State University and major in agricultural communications and was attending an orientation, according to the Dairy Farmers of Washington.
She was selected state dairy ambassador in June 2017 and represented the industry at public events the following year.
“I feel so blessed to have spent the last year with this outstanding young lady,” Dairy Farmers of Washington CEO Scott Kinney said in a statement. “Thank you, Anna. Even though you were with us for just a short time, you made an immeasurable difference to so many lives.”
Anna Teachman did not grow up on a dairy farm, but was interested in dairy cows from an early age, according to Dairy Farmers of Washington. She joined a 4-H club and exhibited projects at county and state fairs and was a delegate to the national 4-H dairy conference.
She spoke to House members in January on Dairy Day in Olympia. According to the ambassador program, she told lawmakers that she grew up six minutes from the Sea-Tac Airport. “No matter if we grew up in rural agriculture or in the city, we can work together to strengthen and protect dairy farming and agriculture in Washington state,” she said.
The pickup driver, Timothy M. Mullin, 57, of Cleveland, Okla., was treated for injuries at a hospital, according to the highway patrol. The accident is under investigation.