Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: June 11, 2019
Sen. Earl Garrison
Sen. Pemberton comments on passing of former state Senator
Pemberton released the following statement regarding the passing
Monday of his predecessor Sen. Earl Garrison.
“Earl Garrison had a true public servant’s heart. From
his military service to his long career in public education and
his years of service to the State of Oklahoma, he always gave his
all for his students, state and country.
“He dedicated a majority of his life working tirelessly to
improve education in Oklahoma as a teacher, coach and administrator,
and carried that expertise to the Senate. He had a calm temperament
and was a man of his word, which is why he was so respected by both
sides of the aisle. He also fought to help his fellow veterans,
senior citizens and the disabled.
“Earl was a pillar in our community. He loved helping people
and always had a kind word and smile for anyone he met. I couldn’t
have asked for a better mentor and friend. Our local schools, district,
state and nation are better because of him. We will forever be grateful
for this tremendous Oklahoma son.”
Sen. Dewayne Pemberton
Senate District 9
Former state Sen. Earl Garrison was born and raised in Muskogee
where he lived with his wife of 19 years, Faye. After graduating
from Muskogee High School in 1959, he served in the U.S. Air Force
for six years before getting his bachelors’ degree from Northeastern
State University in 1972 and his doctorate in education from the
University of Oklahoma in 1976.
Garrison began his teaching career at Mid-Del Schools and then
went on to teach classes and coach basketball at Oscar Rose Junior
College (now Rose State College) where he enrolled the college’s
first student. He briefly worked as an accreditation officer with
the State Department of Education before serving approximately six
years as superintendent of Fort Gibson Schools. He completed his
education career serving as superintendent of Indian Capital Technology
Center from 1997 to 2004.
During his tenure in the Senate from 2004 to 2016, Garrison held
numerous leadership positions including minority whip, assistant
minority leader and chairman of the General Government Committee.
He served on numerous committees including Education, Veterans and
Military Affairs, Tourism and Wildlife, Appropriations and Transportation
as well as the Appropriations Subcommittees on Education and Health
and Human Services. He was part of the historic Senate Class of
2004 that served both in the Senate majority and minority.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Pemberton: (405) 521-5533