Jerry R. Carlton
1937 ~ 2014
Shawnee native, Jerry R. Carlton, always had athletics in his soul. The
winner of the Kiwanis Little Olympics Gold Track Shoe and Jefferson Baseball
YMCA State Championship, Carlton went on to become a stand-out athlete
at Shawnee High School, lettering in football, basketball, baseball and
track. Following his dreams he went on to Northeastern Oklahoma College
(NEO) in Miami on a football scholarship and finished his undergraduate
studies on a football scholarship at Southeastern State University in
Durant. Returning to his alma mater, Shawnee High, he coached football,
basketball and baseball until moving to Pawnee and'Chickasha and finally
Rose State College to further his coaching career.
Exiting athletics after a 17 year career, Carlton became Vice President
of Operations for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Oklahoma with offices in both
Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Ultimately, Carlton received graduate training
and advanced state and national certification in substance abuse counseling
and management. He retired from this field in 2003 after heading Oklahoma's
largest substance abuse facility, 12 & 12, located in
Carlton and his wife, Marilyn, have lived in Tulsa for many years. His
daughter, Terri, was a middle school teacher in Edmond before recently
moving with her family to Bethany. His son-in-law Terry Evans is the head
men's basketball coach at UCO, Edmond. Following in the footsteps
of their grandfather, granddaughter Carli Wester attended OU on a track
and field scholarship and currently coaches in Deer Creek Public Schools.
Her brother, Tre Evans, a junior at Putnum City West is a basketball stand-out.
Granddaughter, Brandi and her husband Derek are the parents of Carlton's
two great grandsons who also enjoy sports. Son, Craig Carlton, and his
wife, Aine, live in Santa Fe where he manages a sports and outdoor motor
In retirement, Carlton was content as a sports spectator. A Cardinal Baseball
fan and staunch OU supporter, he most enjoyed watching his grandson carrying
on his sports legacy.
Memorial services will be held 2:00pm, Saturday, December 27th at the First
Christian Church Chapel, 913 South Boulder Avenue. In lieu of flowers
donations may be made to the Humane Society of Tulsa.