TxDOT Spokesman Fueled by Tragedy

Local 2's Lupe Zapata shares the inpirational story of Powell's loss

ODESSA, Texas (Local 2 News) - You might recognize his face, but do you know his story?

In a special assignment we highlight TxDOT's Gene Powell and the passion behind his profession.

As a public information officer for the Odessa region of TxDOT, Powell is responsible for 12 counties in West Texas.

The Odessa native can be seen in countless news interviews talking about TxDOT projects.

He tragically lost his mother Mabel Powell after a car accidents in 2009, and says it's her loss that inspires him to do his best in work and in life.

He says Mabel raised her three kids and coached her players with one principle to live by; "Anything worth doing is worth doing right, and you don't cut corners."


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