OBITUARY

Stephen Paul Garrett

September 1, 1944November 18, 2013

Surrounded by his family, Stephen Paul Garrett, 69, of Oklahoma City died Monday, Nov. 18. Steve leaves behind a legacy of community service, faith and love of family. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 10:00 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City. Steve was born Sept. 1, 1944 in Granite, Okla., and graduated from High School in Mangum, Okla. His father is The Honorable James Paul Garrett and his mother was the late Nedra Lee Wilson Garrett. After graduating from Mangum High School, Steve earned a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Oklahoma, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, and a Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University. He married Linda Dianne Dozier on June 24, 1966, in Oklahoma City and together they raised three children. Steve was a Captain in the United States Army and served as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1972. He earned the Army Commendation Medal, Bronze Star and ten additional air medals while serving our nation. In 1969, he was nominated for the honor of the Distinguished Flying Cross, awarded for heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. When he returned from the war, Steve joined the Oklahoma Insurance Department where he served as Chief Examiner and Assistant Commissioner. He joined the Insurance Company of North America in Philadelphia and then Atlanta in the late 1970s before returning to Oklahoma City with his family in 1981 when Steve accepted the position of Senior Vice President and General Counsel at American Fidelity Corp., a position he held for thirty-two years. Steve served in numerous executive leadership positions in the insurance industry including Chairman of the Oklahoma Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association, President and Director of the Association of Oklahoma Life Insurance Companies, Chairman of the Oklahoma Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association, President of the Association of Property and Casualty Insurance Companies, Chairman of the House Counsel section of the Oklahoma Bar Association and was a member of several committees of the American Council of Life Insurance and America’s Health Insurance Plans. Steve was passionate about community service and was proud to be a member of the Board of Trustees at Oklahoma City University, Past District Governor of Rotary International, Past President of Rotary Club 29, Past Chairman and Past President of the Oklahoma City Rotary Foundation, Past Chairman of the Oklahoma City Command of the Salvation Army Board of Directors and a Director of the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra. Left behind to cherish his memory are: his wife, Linda Dianne Garrett; their three children and their spouses: William Braden Garrett, his wife Betty Jane Harvey Garrett, their daughter Abigail Mae Garrett and their son Wilson Blakely Garrett; Lizanne Garrett Reger, her husband Joseph Clark Reger and their son James Clark Reger; Marion Garrett Parke, her husband David Wilkin Parke III and their son David Wilkin Parke IV; his father The Honorable James Paul Garrett; and his sisters and their husbands: Linda and Les Ellason and Susan and Leon Christian. The Garrett family would like to express their sincerest appreciation to the doctors and staff at Mercy Health Center. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to The Stephen P. Garrett Memorial Fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation online at http://www.occf.org/garrett or by mail P.O. Box 1146, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73101-1146.

Services

  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 23, 2013
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Stephen Paul Garrett

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Mike Colliflower

December 6, 2013

So sad to hear of Steve's passing. My condolences to his family. I worked on numerous industry issues over 20 years with Steve and always appreciated his comments, suggestions and humor. A truly great man has been called home.

Stephen Daniels

November 28, 2013

Linda,
Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Cordell Brown

November 26, 2013

Linda,I saw Stephen often at various gatherings. He was obviously a brilliant guy but possessed a great sense of humor and was always a gentleman. Please accept my most sincere condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dale & LaWana Houck Weaver

November 25, 2013

We were so saddened and shocked to hear the passing of Steven. He was a high school classmate of my sister, however, I knew him well being a year older. Although Steve accomplished so many Highly Distinguished Awards in his short life, he would come back to his alumni where he grew up, graduated high school, and be a kid again from our small town. We send our most sincere condolences to his entire family. He loved and was loved.

LaVeta Martin

November 25, 2013

Dear Linda & family,
My heart is broken over Steve's death. Praying for you and yours.
Love,
LaVeta

Jim Snow

November 22, 2013

Steve was such a quality guy! Steve suffered such a premature death, but he lived a life that hardly could be surpassed. Steve will be greatly missed by a very loving family and very many friends.

November 22, 2013

Was a real shock to learn of Steve's passing. Steve and I were really unusual Birds flocking together--We both are from Mangum, Phi Gams (OU FIJIS) and both lawyers. My condolences to you, Jimmy, and your wonderful family . So long friend.

Sam H. Johnson (Now retired and living in Norman)

Ellen Robinson

November 22, 2013

My memory of Steve is forever entwined with his wife Linda and the gracious welcome they provided for my husband and I when interviewing and eventually relocating to Oklahoma City to work for American Fidelity. Steve was ever the quiet consumate professional while Linda provided her delightful outlook-together they were THE REASON we joined our "family" at AFA. Linda, I can't begin to imagine the pain of losing a life partner but I know Steve's quiet strength and that of our Lord will guide you through your darkest moments.

November 22, 2013

Trust in the God of all comfort to sustain you to endure your loss (Psalms 55:11)

Angela Ables

November 22, 2013

I am still in shock over the news of my dear friend and colleague, Steve. I am thankful to have been his friend for over 30 years and I am richer for that friendship and association.