Dallas Eugene Ferguson died on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at his home in Tulsa, Okla. He will be remembered as a man dedicated to his family and loved ones, to Oklahoma and to helping the under served.
Dallas was born in Blackwell, Okla. on Dec. 20, 1945, and he moved to Edmond, Okla. as a young child. In high school he was an Eagle Scout and a member of the wrestling, football and baseball teams. He also wrestled and played football at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, where he was a member of Beta Omicron, "The Owls", fraternity. He earned MVP honors on the football team in 1966, and he liked to remind his children of his physical prowess by saying that his Cornell football coach always told him, "You're small, but you're slow." He used that ability when he ran with the bulls in Pamplona during a semester abroad.
Dallas earned his Juris Doctor from Columbia University Law School in 1971. The following year he served as a law clerk for Senior Judge Alfred P. Murrah of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Oklahoma City, Okla. After his clerkship, Dallas moved to Tulsa to begin his 45-year career at Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson. Aside from many professional accomplishments at the firm, including helping win the largest monetary jury verdict in state history, he served for years with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Planned Parenthood and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, among other organizations. He was also a longtime active member of All Souls Unitarian Church where he was president of the board of trustees from 1988 to 1990.
Dallas was preceded in death by his parents, Loree Humphrey Ferguson and Clyde Lloyd Ferguson and his sister, Loyadell Ferguson.
He is survived by his loving partner, Sharon Smith; his three children, Erin Nicole (Jeremy) Ferguson, Dallas Scott (Taleen) Ferguson and Robert Brent (Cleopatra) Ferguson; his sister, Lou Ann "Nan" (Lee) Jones and his brother Philip Mark (Dianne) Ferguson; and his three grandchildren, Dallas Landon Ferguson, Evan Sirelle Ferguson and Kieran Finnegan Ferguson Lutz.
Celebration of Life service will be 11 a.m. June 16, 2018 at All Souls Unitarian Church , 2952 S. Peoria, Tulsa, OK.
Donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Dallas E. Ferguson Memorial Fund.
Published on June 8, 2018