Denzil “Denny” Garrison served Oklahoma as a state representative and senator from 1957 to 1974 and filled the role of Minority Leader in both houses. In his legislative service he faced many issues but was very proud of his vote to repeal prohibition in the state of Oklahoma. He also served as Governor David Boren’s Legislative Liaison.
A native of Norman, Oklahoma, he attended Norman schools and followed a distinguished family tradition of military service by enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1944. He would return to active duty in 1950 during the Korean War.
Known to friends and family as “Denny,” Garrison also authored two books, Remembrances of A Redleg, about his Korean War experiences, and Honor Restored, which chronicled his successful defense of an Oklahoma Marine during the Vietnam War.
Garrison was remembered as a character among fellow legislators, and was well-known for his spot-on imitations of famous political figures.
An avid historian, Denny served two terms as President of the Oklahoma Historical Society.
Denzil’s story was recorded October 23, 2012. He was ninety-one when he died January 15, 2018
Interview with Denzil Garrison
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: October 23, 2012
Date Published: March 2, 2018
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.
Tags: Frank Phillips, John Philip Sousa, General Patton, City Service Company, J. Howard Edmonson, Bill Doenges, Jack Kennedy, Henry Bellmon, David Boren, Gene Stipe, Oliver North, reapportionment, prohibition, Henry Kissinger, Jenk Jones, World War II, Korean War, 45th Infantry, politics