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Joel Lynn Livingston
April 17, 1952 ~ March 13, 2017 (age 64) 64 Years Old
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Was born April 17, 1952 in Ft. Cobb, OK to Charles Willis and Ruby Jewel (Loury) Livingston, the youngest of nine children. Having fought the good fight, he finished his course and departed this life peacefully on March 13th with his wife and children at his side. He was 64 years old.
Joel began working at the age of 14 hauling hay for E B Doyle and Bobby Gene Claborn to supplement the family income. In Jr. High and High school he was known as a talented athlete excelling in track, baseball, football, and lettered in basketball his Senior year. He was a class officer, and on the Honor Roll. He was offered an athletic scholarship upon graduation which he declined. He married Ann Darnell on March 11, 1971 in Apache. Soon after marrying Ann he began working for Dolese Bro. Co. On April 19,1971. He began in the quarry, but steadily advanced as a welder/fabricator, construction crew member and heavy equipment operator. In 1980, he was promoted to plant supervisor being the youngest in the history of the company at that time.
Joel was known for his exceptional work ethic and intelligence which soon led him into management of plant operations, including customization of the Union Pacific Railroad shipment schedules. He had a natural ability with blueprint interpretation and specialized equipment designs. One of his most notable assets was in personnel training and he will be remembered by those he mentored referring to them as 'his pups'.
He was again promoted in 1995 to assistant plant superintendent, which he held until 1997 when he was offered, and accepted a position with Meridian Aggregates as plant supervisor in Millcreek, OK.
2002 found Joel developing his own welding fabrication business. He worked on many projects including the wind generator platforms for the windmills west of Apache. This became Livingston Custom Welding and Fabrication. Joel proudly owned and operated LCWF until his retirement in 2015.
Joel loved hunting, fishing, sports and firearms. Those who shared these passions with him will remember many hilarious adventures. His accomplishments during his career could not compare with the love he had for his family. He was a devoted husband for 46 years, a father who burst with pride over his children and had the most fantastic grandchildren in the history of the world, according to him. Joel will be missed by many nieces and nephews, extended family members, and a group of friends whom he loved as brothers.
In parting, he would say, "It is what it is."
He is survived by: His wife, Ann, of the home
2 sons and their wives- James B. and Kay Livingston Ft. Cobb, OK Brynn and Amy Livingston Lawton, OK
1 daughter and her husband- Karyn and Eric Taylor Newalla, OK
7 grandchildren- Katie Livingston, Keila Price, Madalynn Taylor, Blayklee Livingston, Hank Taylor, Duke Livingston, Brooke Livingston
1 brother- Mickey Bartley Washita, OK
2 sisters- Joan Varnier Apache, OK Marquita Livingston Apache, OK
He was preceded in death by: His parents Father -and mother-in-law, Jim and B.K. Darnell 2 brothers- Charles Livingston, Buddy Livingston 3 sisters- Donna Coffin, Neoma Reid, Charlene Heilman
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 18th at 2:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church with Pastor Chris Stinnett officiating and assisted by Brother Les Claborn. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Crews Funeral Home.