Homer Lee Lawson, the first child of Ernest and Frances (Meinert) Lawson, was born September 2, 1936 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where he lived his entire life. Homer was a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and the great-great-grandson of Chief Joseph LaFramboise.
Homer grew up near Lightning Creek and was a member of the second graduating class of Southeast High School in 1954. He then attended Oklahoma City University, graduating with an accounting degree in 1958. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from the same university in 1961 and remained a member of the Oklahoma Bar for more than 50 years. He served in the Air National Guard.
Homer had a strong work ethic and was self-reliant and industrious from a young age. In his teens, he delivered newspapers and was a copy boy for the Daily Oklahoman, and worked for Wonder Bread and Eskridge Oldsmobile. He worked his way through college with an entry-level, part-time position at a local accounting firm, joined the firm full-time when he graduated and, after attending law school at night, eventually rose to senior partner. Homer then became President of the oil and gas company Ricks Exploration, where he worked for many years, becoming a prominent figure in the booming (and sometimes busting) oil and gas community, before founding his own company, Kent Energy, named after his favorite brand.
Homer enjoyed fishing, traveling as far as Christmas Island for bonefish and annually for fly fishing at Vermejo Park Ranch. He particularly enjoyed playing golf and gin rummy with his many friends at Quail Creek Golf and Country Club and Oak Tree Golf and Country Club. As a childhood friend once reminded him: “It’s a long way from Lightning Creek to Quail Creek.”
Survivors include his wife, Song Kim Lawson and her daughter Wendy Midyett, his two sons David Lawson and Steve Lawson and their mother Barbara Lawson, five grandchildren (Koby, Casey, Hope, Quincy and Luke) and three great-grandsons (J.R., Jennings and Madison).
Homer was an indulgent parent and grandparent, and his children and grandchildren have many fond memories of fishing (and crawdad fishing) trips and fish tales, shared chocolate bars, jalapeño eating contests, his ceaseless curiosity about whatever happened to be running on the History or National Geographic channels, and his frequent trips outside to “check the weather.”
Homer spent his final decade enjoying the cooking and support of his loving wife (and frequent gin rummy opponent) Song Kim. He was a clever and generous man, and he will be missed.
A private service will be held at a later date.
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