EDMOND — 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
Born Aug. 6, 1951, in Slidell, La., Garrison served as commander of the 552 AWACS training squadron at Tinker Air Force Base.
He retired from the Air Force on his 50th birthday, and decided to enroll in law school. He interned for then-Oklahoma County District Attorney Wes Lane and was hired as an assistant district attorney after graduating from the University of Oklahoma Law School in 2004.
“Pat Garrison was one of the class acts of all time,” attorney Jerry Jones said. “He had compassion for people, and he was as fair a prosecutor as I've
Oklahoma County Assistant District Attorney Gary Ackley called Garrison a “great public
“If you worked with Pat Garrison, you were going to be his friend,” Ackley said. “He was a pleasure to be around and a pleasure to be with.”
Garrison is survived by two sons; six grandchildren; one sister; one brother; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pat Garrison's services are at 11 a.m. Friday at New Covenant United Methodist, 2700 S Boulevard, Edmond.