Marvin Robert Leighton

April 5, 1930March 17, 2018

Dr. Marvin Leighton, DVM, beloved husband, father and grandad, leaves behind a legacy of family, friends and clients.

Born April 5, 1930 to Ray and Leathia Leighton, Marvin was the youngest of 7 children. He was raised during the Depression on a large cattle ranch in Clayton, New Mexico.

After proudly serving his country in the US Navy, Marvin worked his way through OSU veterinary school. After graduation, he opened Leighton Animal Hospital in 1960 and, at the time, was one of 16 practicing veterinarians in all of Oklahoma City. Marvin practiced in the same location for over 58 years.

Dr. Leighton was truly an inventor at heart. He loved inventing solutions to everyday problems. Hollow core tilt wall construction and the original Storm Safe were just a few of his many ingenuous inventions.

At his request, a graveside service was held March 20 at Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Marvin’s name may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America at the link below.

Marvin is survived by Carolyn, his devoted wife of almost 49 years, his children, Penny Black, Warren Ray Leighton, Dashea and husband Stephen Gelnar, as well as his grandchildren, Evan and husband Kevin Hess, and twin grandsons Leighton and Colton Gelnar. He was preceded in death by his parents, 6 sisters, and son-in law Floyd Black.

We will always love you bigger than the sky Grandad.


Marvin Robert Leighton

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Cecil Bearden

September 1, 2018

I just learned of Marvin's passing. As a cousin by marriage, he was as much a family member as a blood relative. Doc was my mentor when I was at OSU in the early 70's. I worked with him on his early tilt wall construction projects. He was one of the best veterinarians in the country. His no-nonsense approach saved a lot of suffering for both animals and owners. He will be greatly missed.

robin starke

August 10, 2018

We were so very sad to hear of Dr. Leighton’s passing today while we were sadly taking our collies to another vet. We talked about how much we truly loved Dr. Leighton and his loving staff. He took such good care of us and our pets for almost 30 years and always was so loving and kind in his care and guidance when it was time for our dogs to pass on. I know he has many many stars in his crown in dog and cat heaven. We loved him very very much!

Craig, Robin, and Wyatt Starke and all our pets

Karla Harrington

July 12, 2018

Dr Leighton was always there for my dogs I have been going to him since the early 70's and all my family took their dogs too . There will never be a vet as good and caring as Dr Leighton Thoughts and prayers are with the family . God bless

Joyce Mayfield

April 9, 2018

Dr. Leighton was a GOOD, GOOD man. Really, no more need be said. He was always there for me and my beloved dogs. Thank you, Dr. Leighton, for many memories.

Monica Booker

April 9, 2018

Dr. Leighton was the best veterinarian that I have ever known. He really did love ❤️ all animals. I trusted Dr. Leighton with my first cat Snowball and was comforted by him and staff when I was given the bad news that nothing more could be done. He wanted to try one more thing because he saw how much I loved my cat. I let them keep my cat, but had a good feeling that my cat would not make it because of his terrible condition and came back an hour later to get him to take him home. My Snowall passed later that day and I was so happy that he did encourage me to take him home. I told him that I do not think I would ever find a cat that I loved as much as Snowball. He said that he was sure that I would, but it would take some time. Today, I have Frosty who looks almost identical to Snowball and I love him just the same. He was so right about everything, extremely reasonable, honest, knowledgeable, and personable. He will definitely be missed by our family and we love him so much. May his soul Rest In Peace.❤️

Wayne Myers

March 24, 2018

Marvin was a great Vet and a big part Britton When I was a kid we had ours dogs go see Marvin. My parents Warren and Rosie knew Leighton family as most did growing up in Britton my thoughts and prayer will be with the Leighton family. R.I.P Marvin you will be missed

Tim Bechtold

March 24, 2018

So very sorry to hear this, Marvin took wonderful care of many our pets for the last 50 years. He was a wonderful man and a wonderful Veterinarian. Prayers for all of the family, friends and loved ones.

Cheryl Steckler

March 24, 2018

Too many favorite memories to pick just one. He always supported me when I bought The Pet Limousine from Monroe Ashworth's widow. (Coincidentally, Monroe had lupus). He had already taken care of my Rudesheim Schnauzers for years. Then came many more "foundlings" and strays. Always there with conversation and wisdom. He gave me tomato cages ,still in use, and showed me how to bind them together with bamboo. His boundless entrepreneurial spirit was amazing even as his health failed. He just invented his own scooter, not to be one to just say "quit". It doesn't surprise that he wanted no fanfare at his memorial. Vaya con dios, Doc.

Linda Chronister Martin

March 19, 2018

Marvin was such awesome friend. Felt like family to me and my family. I can remember Marvin tell stories about are Mom Betty Chronister taking us in there when I was about 4 or so. He has been in are family for about 50 years or more. Would help everyone and love by all. And always there when I had to said goodbye to Are babies. Marvin will be missed. We are here for ya. Praying for the family🙏😘

Cindy Chronister-Rowan

March 19, 2018

Marvin was more then our family vet. He was a friend to our mother 50 plus years ago and then a friend to my family. He had a no nonsense approach to treating our pets. He loved all animals and people.
You were there for me when we had to say good bye to our pets, wish there was something I could do for your family during this time.
Much love Marvin