Alan Ray Carlson, 65, resident of Bartlesville and longtime attorney, died Saturday February 2, 2013 in Bartlesville.
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Funeral services for Mr. Carlson will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday at the Oklahoma Wesleyan University-Fine Arts Center with Dr. Devin Smith, of Oklahoma Wesleyan University officiating.
Graveside Services will be at 1:00 P.M. on Friday February 8, 2013 at the Alva Municipal Cemetery at Alva Oklahoma under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the
c/o Kathy Leeper P.O. Box 1094 Bartlesville, Oklahoma 74005, or to the
P.O. Box 841125 Dallas, Texas 75284-1125
Alan Ray Carlson was born on June 29, 1947 at Alva, Oklahoma. He earned his high school education at Alva High School, a Bachelor of Science-Industrial Engineering with Honors from Oklahoma State University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Tulsa in 1973.
Alan was engaged in the practice of law with the Garrison, Brown and Carlson law firm from 1974 to the present.
Alan was a member of many professional organizations including, but not limited to, the American Institute of Industrial Engineering, American and Oklahoma Bar Associations, American College of Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice, Oklahoma Association for Justice, Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (charter member,) the Hudson-Hall-Wheaton Chapter of the American Inns of Court, and the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Alan authored articles on the practice of law for various regional publications. He was a highly regarded speaker lecturing in Oklahoma and other venues throughout the U.S. Alan was the highest ranked speaker for Oklahoma Bar Association Seminars for the year 1989, received the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Certificate of Meritorious Service and was selected for admission into "The Best Lawyers in America. Martindale Hubbell - the foremost guide for rating attorneys, awarded Alan an "av" (very high) rating, which is the highest possible.
He was admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma, the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th circuit, the United States Supreme Court, and several state courts.
Alan was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish and hunt quail. Though he was a highly educated and driven man, he never forgot his roots and the lessons learned growing up on the farm in western Oklahoma. Alan loved his extended family and served God through service to his many clients and friends.
Alan is survived by his wife of 42 years, Karen Carlson, sons Eric and Kevin and his fiancee Tanya Kopytin. He is also survived by his brother Dean and wife Saundra, sisters Virginia Lane and Verona Greenawalt and husband Gary, brother-in-law Dr. Earl Smith and wife Patsy, sisters-in-law Rene Catli and husband Craig and Kipa Smith and her partner Tracy Ferlet, and nine nieces and nephews.
Friends who wish may sign the online guest book and leave condolences at www.stumpff.org.
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Feb. 5 to Mar. 5, 2013