Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation

David Hiram Harkins

Born: 8/1/1924

Died: 1/24/1995

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

David Hiram Harkins was born on August 1, 1924 in Hugo, Oklahoma to Levi Harkins and Eliza Roberts Harkins. He went to be with our Lord on January 24, 1995. A faithful father and husband, he was loyal to his God, Country and Native American People. His journey is over and his glories are now in heaven.

He served the Lord as an ordained Minister in Talihina and McAlester and in Dallas., Texas. At the age of 17, David joined the U.S. Navy and served his country during the World War II. He moved his family to Dallas in 1960 where he became a leader in the Native American Community.

He was proud to be a Choctaw and he helped to establish the Dallas Council of Choctaws. He was also a founder of the Dallas Inter-Tribal Center, which became the first health clinic in North Texas to serve Native Americans exclusively.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, sister and brother.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Marie Gibson Harkins; two daughters, and sons in law, Mary and Kraig Vogel and Quida and Audie Ramirez and numerous relatives and friends.