Carl Gill, 78, returned to his heavenly home on February 11, 2021, after battling Parkinson’s Disease. His devotion to his family and firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.
Carl was born on May 3, 1942, in Chickasha, Oklahoma, to Bill and Murleen Gill. He graduated from Norman High School and went on to a thirty-three year career in civil service. Carl married his sweetie, Dee Ann, on June 21, 1963. They built a life-long partnership and strong foundation of love, support, and family over their 57 years together. The couple welcomed two daughters into the world and Carl raised “his girls” to be strong and self-reliant. He taught them to fish, play softball, change a tire, and to just be thankful for every day. Most importantly, he taught them to love the Lord. Carl served his daughters as softball coach, chauffeur, driving instructor, and grill master, cooking his signature dish, Southern Fried Spaghettios.
Carl loved the life he was given and was grateful for each day he could spend with family and friends hunting, fishing, or attending and participating in sporting events. Softball was his one true sport, and he particularly enjoyed coaching. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Softball Hall of Fame on March 23, 1996. Carl was an avid sports enthusiast, following the OU Sooners. His favorite sport was the one that his grandsons were participating in, including but not limited to baseball, football, basketball, soccer, and Tae Kwon Do. Carl was his grandsons’ biggest fan, and he never missed a chance to attend their sports and extracurricular activities. He was a regular at sporting events, concerts, and field trips. Carl was the one cheering the longest, whistling the loudest, and beaming with pride. He had a ball cap for every occasion and was always like part of the team. Family was everything to Carl.
Carl had a larger than life personality and loved being around people. He loved to tell stories about growing up with his brothers and sisters. From rabbit hunting while seated on the hood of the family car to weeks spent in the summer at his grandparent’s filling station, he never missed a chance to share his most treasured memories. He was generous with all the gifts God gave him and shared them with everyone he met. He never knew a stranger, only someone he had not yet met. He rarely went somewhere without running into someone that knew him. Even in the end, as Parkinson’s began to rob him of his speech and he struggled to make his mouth form words, he could still muster a thumbs-up for those who spoke to him.
The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Norman Regional Hospital, with special thanks to Dr. Thomas Whalen for the extraordinary care and support for Carl and his family during his final days.
Carl is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dee Ann; their two daughters, Carla Dee Garling and her husband Charles, and Kristi Ann Standifer and her husband Jim; two grandsons, Tyler Garling and his wife Andrea, and Kaleb Slawson. He is also survived by his aunt, Emma Jean Bohn; sister, Mary (Pat) Terry; brother, Gary (Joyce) Gill; brother in law, Leon Crump; sister-in-law, Mary Lee Gill; as well as nieces, nephews, and cousins. Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Murleen Gill; his maternal grandparents, Robert and Lydia Standridge; paternal grandparents, Edward and Mary Frances Gill; sister, Linda Gill Crump; brother, Bobby Gill.
We will remember Carl’s smile, warmth, energy, and love of life, family, and friends. He worked hard all of his life, up until the very end. Carl made a difference in the lives of many and his family invites you to join us to celebrate together the wonderful man we called husband, Daddy, and Pop Pop.
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