Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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John Carl Culver

Born: 11/10/1937

Died: 8/17/2007

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

John Carl Culver passed away August 17, 2007. He was born November 10, 1937, in Pryor to Nancy Voncille Sumpter and Leonard Brandy Culver.

After high school he enlisted in the Navy and in 1960, while stationed near San Francisco, he met and married Judy Jewett. They had four children. Later in his life he established a domestic partnership with Christine Johnson of San Ramon, California.

As a Navy pilot, he flew A-4 and A-7 fighter jets and retired in 1978 from the Naval Reserves after 23 years of service. John graduated from San Jose State University and subsequently the University of California at San Francisco’s School of Dentistry. He maintained private practices in San Francisco’s east and south bay areas until his retirement. John’s professional relationships were deeply important to him and he regarded his associates and employees as extended family.

John loved to fly and over the years he owned a number of private planes - most recently a Skybolt open-cockpit biplane he flew as frequently as possible. He was curious about indigenous cultures, traveled often, and in 1997 earned a second bachelor’s degree in archaeology from San Jose State University. He loved listening to Dixieland jazz and reading pocket novels. He was an avid moviegoer. He had a lazy streak and a relaxed sense of humor.

John’s accomplishments were many, but most importantly he was part of a big family that stretched from Oklahoma to California and most states in between. We all loved him and wish we had more time with him. He will be deeply missed.

John Carl Culver