DAVID ROBERTS

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September 26, 1946 - January 6, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Dave Roberts was born September 26, 1946, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, to Ruth and Ken Roberts. Ruth, his wonderful mother, told everyone that she had given birth to King David - her favorite biblical character. Of course, everyone, including her only son, found the attitude she had about her son to be nauseating, but mom Ruth never backed off. Dave was baptized by total immersion in the First Baptist Church of Dewey, Oklahoma, at the age of 13. When told by the pastor of this small-town church that Jesus was saved at the age of 13, Dave responded, "What would he need to be saved from?" The ensuing corporal punishment convinced Dave that it would be a good idea to keep his theological thoughts away from both his father and the Baptists. After graduation from Dewey High School in 1964, he turned down several baseball scholarship offers and committed to play football for Bud Wilkinson at The University of Oklahoma only to later find out that Bud was running for the Senate and that his new coach would be Gomer Jones. He enrolled at OU and played football on a full scholarship for his freshman year only to conclude that college football was something for which he held no interest. While at OU, he took immaturity to an art form. His mother hoped that there was a method to his madness, but his behavior took her to the limit. Dave was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and somehow made it to the honor roll for six of eight semesters. While in undergraduate school, he received his nickname, "Dewey Dave," a moniker that stayed with him to his death. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in the Letters (Tri Major of English, History, and Philosophy) in 1968 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma Law School in 1971. He was on the Honor Roll throughout law school and worked for the Oklahoma City law firm of Rinehart, Cooper, and Stewart for all three years he was in law school. After graduation from law school, he continued to work for the firm for two years. Dave then started his own law practice with his lifelong friend and partner, Tom King. They practiced law together for 25 years. Dave then practiced law as a solo practitioner until his death. In the meantime, he married Susan Culp, of Ardmore, Oklahoma, in August of 1968 shortly before starting law school. That marriage produced two children, Jeffrey and Kendall. The marriage lasted until Susan's death in March of 1986, when she died of breast cancer. Dave was admitted to practice in both Oklahoma and Texas. He was also admitted to practice in all of the Federal District Courts of Oklahoma as well as the 10th circuit Court of Appeals. He was also admitted to practice in several Federal District Courts in Texas. At the time of his death, Dave had tried over 100 civil cases in 21 various Oklahoma State District Courts. He also tried over 25 civil cases in various Federal District Courts, and tried thousands of cases at the Oklahoma Workers Compensation Court. Dave was past chairman of the Ethics Committee of the Oklahoma Bar Association and also served as Chairman of the Oklahoma Board of Bar Examiners. Dave authored several articles for the Oklahoma Bar Journal and the American Bar Association Journal. At the time of his death, he was one of only nine life-sustaining members of Scribes - the pre-eminent National Legal Writers Society. Dave was Past President of the Quail Creek Golf and Country Club. He was also a member of the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. Previously, he had served on the vestry of All Souls' Episcopal Church and had served on several civic boards, including the American Heart Association. Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Ken Roberts; and his daughter, Kendall Roberts. He is survived by his son, Jeff Roberts; and two sisters: Marilyn Harwell, of Plano, Texas; and Jean Ann McClure, of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is also survived by one aunt, several cousins, and several nieces and nephews. He was also survived by his life partner, Patty Green. She was absolutely the perfect woman for him. Dave was crazy about her. She was Heaven on earth. A memorial service will be held at All Souls' Episcopal Church on Thursday, January 9, 2014, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to: The Bone Marrow Transplant Research Fund, send to: Washington University Division of Oncology, Box 8007, Attention: Robert Barczewski, 660 South Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110.

Published in The Oklahoman from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2014
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