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Pat Garrison, 60, was a retired Air Force colonel who prosecuted gang cases for Oklahoma County District Attorney's office
BY TIM WILLERT twillert@opubco.com Modified: March 23, 2012 at 9:21 am •  Published: March 23, 2012
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He was known around the Oklahoma County courthouse as colonel.

Pat Garrison was a retired Air Force colonel who found a second career as an assistant district attorney prosecuting gang cases.

“He always brought a steady hand and knowledge about life to his job,” District Judge Jerry D. Bass said Thursday. “He felt that the law needed to be upheld; however, there was always a sense of compassion to him.”

Garrison, 60, died Wednesday following a lengthy battle with cancer. He died at home in Edmond with his wife of 38 years, Barbara, by his side.

Garrison was remembered as a soft-spoken man who was “good, ethical and honorable.”

“Pat was universally loved and respected in our courthouse,” District Attorney David Prater said Thursday. “His death is a significant loss to our office.”

Born Aug. 6, 1951, in Slidell, La., Garrison served as commander of the 552 AWACS training squadron at Tinker Air Force Base.

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