John D. Luton, 91, long time Muskogee resident died Thursday, January 30, 2014 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He was the son of the late Reverend and Mrs. A. R. Luton, born October 11, 1922 in Miami, Oklahoma. He graduated from Bixby High School in 1940, continued his education attending Oklahoma A&M. He served in the Army Air Corps from 1942 – 1945 during World War II. He was an aerial gunner on a B-17, and served a full combat tour of duty in the European Theatre of Action. He was awarded the Air Medal with Six Oak Leaf Clusters and other combat duty awards. Upon his discharge he attended the University of Oklahoma School of Law. He received his Juris Doctorate in 1950 entering the Practice of Law in Muskogee in November 1950. He was elected and served as Muskogee County Attorney from January 1959 to January 1963. In 1964 he was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate representing Senate District #9. During his 24-year tenure in the Senate he served six years as Assistant Majority Floor Leader and retired in 1988 after four years as the Majority Floor Leader.
He was a long time member of First United Methodist Church. He served as president of the Noon Lions Club and State President of the Oklahoma Jaycees. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, York Rite Lodge, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Affairs, Disabled American Veterans, The Shrine, Jesters and the Odd Fellows Lodge.
He is survived by two sons, Gill Luton (and wife, Debbie) and John David Luton (and wife, Roberta) both of Muskogee; five grandchildren, Adam Luton (and his wife, Evan), Emily James (and husband, Reed), Joshua Luton (and wife, Jill), Molly Martin (and husband, Bret), and Benjamin Luton; four great granddaughters, Hallie Faith Luton, Harper Grace Luton, Haddyn Joy Luton, and Piper Madison James.
Services will be held on Monday February 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church.
Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Foster-Petering Funeral Home. Condolences to the family may be made at www.foster-petering.com
Friends may wish to remember John by making memorials to First United Methodist Church, 600 E. Okmulgee, Muskogee, OK 74403 or to the American Diabetes Association, 6600 S. Yale Ave., Suite 1310, Tulsa, OK 74136.