MARIETTA, Okla. (KTEN) — The Love County Sheriff's Department announced the passing of Sheriff Marty Grisham last week. He was 68.

On Thursday afternoon, hundreds gathered in Marietta to celebrate Grisham's life.

Grisham served on Troops G and F of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for 28 years before taking office as Love County's top law enforcement officer in November 2016.

During Thursday's memorial service, colleagues, family members and friends spoke about the lasting impact Grisham had on their lives.

"He brought back integrity, respect and honor to the Sheriff's Department of Love County," said Sam Porter, director of Baptist Disaster Relief.

The sheriff's son, Eric Grisham, explained that his dad helped shape him into the father, person, and law enforcement officer he is today.

"He told me to treat everyone with the same amount of respect you would want to be treated with when you're dealing with them and in your personal life, and you'll have no problems," the younger Grisham said. "I've been fortunate enough to live by that, and have a great mentor."

Contributions to the Marty Grisham Memorial Scholarship Fund can be dropped off or mailed to the Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home in Marietta. 

Love County Sheriff Marty Grisham