Woodward, Okla. —
Lee Don Poulson was born September 24, 1952 to Donovan “Don” C. and Evelyn V. (Smith) Poulson at his grandparents’ home in rural Dewey County. Surrounded by his family, he passed peacefully from this world on February 2, 2014 at his home in Vici, Oklahoma. He was raised in rural Woodward County, attending school at Mutual and graduating in 1970. He often shared childhood memories of milking cows at Grumpy and Granny Poulson’s, working in the fields with his father and Uncle Dean Poulson, and of course fishing with Grumpy. Other stories of his youth usually involved motorcycles, younger brother Darell or sister Recia and also the Moss family who were neighbors and close friends. He was a gifted gardener and built his own greenhouse as a FFA project while in high school. Gardening was a lifelong pleasure, especially when he could involve family, friends and neighbors. Lee Don also purchased a hay rig while in high school. He employed numerous friends and classmates to haul hay. This venture was successful enough that he paid his own tuition to Phillips University in Enid Oklahoma, where he majored in Physics.
Lee Don loved going to church and traveling with the young kids. In November 1970, while attending college, he requested baptism at the hand of Bro. Jack Robinson at the Church of the Firstborn in Enid. Lee Don sought to serve the Lord for the remainder of his life.
After a year of college, Lee Don moved back to the family farm. He took a job at Lucas Nursery in Woodward and remained employed there for three years. Following that, he moved to Oklahoma City and began roofing with the Hays family. While there, he met and grew to love Gail Lynn Criswell. Lee Don and Gail were married on July 4, 1975 at Del City Oklahoma. In January 1976 they moved to Vici where Lee Don began his own roofing business. Their marriage was blessed with five children: Jason Dean, Jeremy Don, Jessica Lynn, Jedediah Robert and Jeff Criswell.
Lee Don was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather and brother, delighting always in his grandchildren. He was a quiet, patient man who could speak volumes with but a few words. Ever eager to help anyone in need, always thoughtful of others, with a heart of compassion and charity, he walked meekly through life. He was a steadfast example of humility and longsuffering whose gentle smile and selfless nature will be sorely missed.
Family preceding Lee Don in death are his dearly beloved wife, Gail, parents Don and Evelyn, precious granddaughter, Kendra Paige Poulson, father and mother-n-law Marvin and Ruth Criswell, and two nieces, Lora and Rebecca Poulson.
Survivors who remain to cherish Lee Don’s memory include his son Jason and wife Tiffany Poulson, son Jeremy and wife Trisha Poulson, daughter Jessica and husband Clifford Coleman, son Jeff and wife Mashae Poulson—all of Vici, Oklahoma, son Jed and wife Laci Poulson of Grand Junction, Colorado; brother Darell and wife Liz Poulson of Vici, Oklahoma; sister Recia and husband Michael Garcia of Woodward, Oklahoma; brother Kevin Poulson of Arapaho, Oklahoma; sister-in-law Brenda and husband Jimmy Etti-Williams of Dallas, TX; grandchildren Keegan Poulson, Abigail and Emma Poulson, Landon, Cameron and Preston Coleman, Hailey and Gwyneth Poulson; nieces Sonya and husband Justin Morris, Rachel and husband Jeff McGeehee and Alexis Poulson; nephews Daniel Etti-Williams, Jacob Gomez, and Donovan Poulson; great nieces Lauren Morris, Molly and Dru McGeehee, great nephew Maddox Morris; aunts Alta Evans, Doris Stovall, Arletta Pierre, Louise Poulson, Louetta Poulson, and Marilyn Poulson, and many cousins and friends.
Lee Don’s memorial service will be held at the Vici Church of the Firstborn officiated by Elders Freddie Morris, Danny Moss, and Randy Castor. Casket bearers are sons Jason, Jeremy, Jed, and Jeff Poulson, son-in-law Clifford Coleman, brothers Darell and Kevin Poulson, and brother-in-law Michael Garcia. Honorary casket bearers are Keegan Poulson, Landon Coleman, Cameron Coleman, Preston Coleman, Jacob Gomez, Donovan Poulson, Maddox Morris, Dr. Jimmy Etti-Williams, Daniel Etti-Williams, Terry Boyd, Cliff Kirkpatrick and Randy Goodman. Flower Girls are Hailey Poulson, Abigail Poulson, Emma Poulson, Gwyneth Poulson, Alexis Poulson, Lauren Morris, Dru McGeehee and Molly McGeehee.
Lee Don will be laid to rest at Sunnyside Cemetery beside Gail.
Funeral services were held on Thursday February 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm at the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn, Vici, Oklahoma with interment following in Sunnyside Cemetery, Vici, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family & Memorial Tribute viewed at shawfuneralhome.net. Shaw Funeral Home of Vici