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Dr. Larry W. Cartmell
August 23, 1939 - July 7, 2016
© Criswell Funeral Home
Submitted by: Sandy Bain


Services for Dr. Larry W. Cartmell, 76, of Ada are 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church with Brian Matthews officiating. Burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery.

Dr. Cartmell died July 7, 2016 at an Oklahoma City hospital. He was born August 23, 1939 in Pawnee, Oklahoma to Elden Monroe and Gladys Lily Johnson Cartmell. He attended Pleasant View grade school, graduated from Pawnee High School and came to this area in 1969 from Oklahoma City.

He married Susan Poe on October 14, 1983. He was member of the First United Methodist Church. Dr. Cartmell attended Central State College (now UCO), University of Oklahoma School of Medicine where he graduated in 1964. Dr. Cartmell served a one year internship at Mercy Hospital in 1965, and completed a four year Pathology Residency at Baptist Memorial Hospital (now Integris) from 1965-1969.

Pathologist at Valley View Regional Hospital (now Mercy) since July 1, 1969 and was the Chief of Staff at Valley View Regional Hospital. Larry also served on the OU Medical School Admissions Board. He currently was the President of Southern Oklahoma Pathology Associates and the Chief of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at both the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center and Mercy Hospital and the Medical Director at Mercy Hospital School of Medical Technology, all in Ada, Oklahoma. He is also a research affiliate for the Paleobiology Laboratory at the University of Minnesota in Duluth, and a member of the Cast-Iron Coffin Research Team for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

In 2015, Dr. Cartmell received the Area Director’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indian Health Service. He also received the CAP Lifetime Achievement Award. In the early 1970’s Larry was a Scoutmaster, where he received the Silver Beaver Award and in 2016 he was inducted into the Harry Miller District Scout Hall of Fame.

Dr. Cartmell served in the Oklahoma Army National Guard for twelve years where he attained the rank of Major. He eventually became Commander of the 120th Medical Battalion and was the 45th Infantry Brigade Surgeon.

He enjoyed classic country and western music, archeology, paleopathology, fishing, O.U. football, family, oysters, good steaks and to laugh out loud.

Survivors include his wife, Susan of the home; his children, Larry W. Cartmell, Jr. M.D. and wife Terri of Waco, TX, Betsy Cartmell of Norman, OK, Mitchell Cartmell of Dallas, TX, Kendall Cartmell and wife Christine of Norman, OK and Jenny Cartmell of New York City, NY; one brother, Richard Cartmell and wife Arlene of Pawnee, OK; grandchildren, Lindsi Little and husband Louis of Austin, TX, Reid Cartmell of Ada, OK and Rachel Cartmell of Cedar Hill, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Donald Cartmell of Pawnee, OK, Gerald Cartmell of Chandler, OK and Linda Jackson of Oklahoma City, OK.

Bearers will be Jeffrey Cartmell, Mike Poe, Zack Scoggin, Gerry Lee Cartmell, Jimmy Ewy and Bobby Freeman. Honorary bearers will be Dr. Frank Cartmell, Dr. Jim Glasgow, Dr. Gordon Deen, Dr. Bruce Van Horn, Dr. Kevin Maddox, Dr. Wesley Mooring, A. J. Stanfield and Bob Rodgers.

We family ask that memorials can be made to the Cavett Kids Foundation, 3801 Classen Blvd., Suite 300, Oklahoma City, OK 73118 and the University of Oklahoma Foundation, P. O. Box 258856, Oklahoma City, OK 73125 (www.oufoundation.org).

Obituaries may be viewed and online condolences sent to criswellfh.com.

Criswell Funeral Home, Ada


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