Douglas Carrol Loudenback was born in Oklahoma City at St. Anthony’s Hospital on July 2, 1943, and passed from this life on September 12, 2021 in Oklahoma City after a long illness. Doug leaves behind his wife of 37 years, Dr. Mary Jo Watson, his son, David Loudenback and wife Michele, of Oklahoma City, daughter Mary Loudenback Hart and husband Brian, of Oklahoma City, and grandchildren, including Jordan, Jazmin, Tyler, Terran, Sophia, and Nora, and great-grandchildren, Ryan, Chase, Jaxon, Maura, Arlyn, Benjamin, and Callaghan. He also is survived by his brothers, George Donald (Don) Loudenback and his wife Linda, of Midland, Texas, and Gordon Edward (Eddie) Loudenback and wife Libby, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his first wife and the mother of his children, Elizabeth Pearson, of Oklahoma City. Doug was preceded in death by his father, George Daniel Loudenback, mother, Elizabeth Frances Wollam, and granddaughter, Ella Elizabeth Hart.
Doug grew up in Lawton, Oklahoma and served in country in both the Army ROTC and the Army Reserves, enabling him to complete first a bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma State University and then his juris doctorate at the University of Oklahoma School of Law. He began his practice in Oklahoma City in 1970 specializing in family law.
He served in all elective OBA Family Law Section positions, serving as chair of the section in 1990. In 1991, he received the section’s Outstanding Lawyer award, and in 1998 received the chair’s Continuing Service Award. Doug was a highly respected and frequent speaker at the Oklahoma Bar Association’s continuing legal education seminars and was the 1999 winner of the OBA’s Earl Sneed Award which honors those who are outstanding continuing legal education contributors. In 2001, he received the OBA Family Law Section’s Robert Spector Award for outstanding Legal Scholarship. He was also named Chair Emeritus of the Family Law Section.
Doug loved tinkering with computers and became a national expert in programming Word Perfect. He developed the Grande Marcos, an automation program to speed up document preparation for family lawyers in Word Perfect, and the OBA marketed his creation to Oklahoma lawyers for many years.
Doug was a man of many and varied talents and interests. When on a Lawton High School band trip, he first visited Corpus Christi, Texas, for a competition. It was his first time to see palm trees and the ocean, and he fell in love with the Texas gulf coast, returning many, many times with his family throughout his life.
An avid sailor, carpenter, and photographer, Doug had a passion for music, movies, cooking, and writing about Oklahoma history. He blogged for years under the moniker of Doug Dawg and wrote a book on the history of Springlake Amusement Park. He loved camping and sleeping under the stars, and he dearly loved his beagles, including Brandy (Brandford Poncho) and Sunset Sam.
Doug was also an early proponent and enthusiast for the NBA in Oklahoma, first with the Oklahoma City Hornets, and then for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Services will be held on Saturday, September 25 at 10:00 AM at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 5401 N. Brookline, in Oklahoma City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association or the Oklahoma Historical Society. Services will also be livestreamed and can be accessed through the following link: facebook.com/stjohnsokc.
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