1995 OBA President James Duke Logan
Memorial Service: Saturday, Jan. 4; 2:30 p.m.
Vinita First United Methodist Church
James Duke Logan, 82, attorney and longtime resident of Vinita, died Dec. 22, 2013, at Heartsworth Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. An accomplished trial lawyer for more than 50 years, Duke Logan was founding partner of the Vinita law firm, Logan and Lowry LLP. Among professionals, family and friends, he was known for his tenacious work ethic, caustic wit and skilled command of the English language. This was evident in the courtroom, at the dinner table, and in his professional and personal correspondence, which he often illustrated with caricatures of himself and others.
Mr. Logan was born on Feb. 4, 1931, in Norman and attended school there until his high school graduation. In 1949, he attended OU and joined the Sigma Chi fraternity. After graduating from OU with a B.A. degree, he earned his J.D. from the OU College of Law, while working nights as a policeman for the Norman Police Department. At OU, he met the love of his life, Dorothy Darrough. The couple married in 1953. They soon moved to Vinita where Mr. Logan established his law practice in 1955.
There, he served on the board of directors of First National Bank &Trust of Vinita, First National Bank of Chelsea and the Vinita School Board. For many years he acted as attorney for the City of Vinita, and as general counsel for the Grand River Dam Authority and Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative. He was a member and former president of the Craig County Bar Association and a founding member and director of Cattlemen’s Life Insurance Company.
In 1995, Mr. Logan was elected Oklahoma Bar Association president. Following his term of office, Gov. Brad Henry appointed him as chairman and member of the Oklahoma Council on Judicial Complaints. He served in this capacity for 10 years, and as general counsel for the state agency for six years. He was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, American Bar Foundation, and the Oklahoma Bar Foundation. He also served on the board of the Oklahoma Historical Society.
A multi-talented individual, he took pleasure in painting, sculpting, woodcarving and furniture making. For a time, he owned a private plane, and was known to “buzz” the homes of neighbors and friends. A proud yellow dog Democrat, he relished political discourse and jokes, often at the expense of his Republican family and friends. He was a diehard Sooner fan, avid quail hunter and trout fisherman who enjoyed spending many wonderful summers with his wife at their cabin in Colorado. In his later years, he enjoyed long drives on his ranch west of Vinita.
He is preceded in death by wife, Dorothy Darrough Logan; parents, Dr. and Mrs. Leonard M. Logan Jr.; and brother Leonard M. Logan III. He is survived by his brother, Kuyk Logan of Houston; children, Elizabeth “Liz” Logan, Leonard M. Logan IV, and Mary Logan Wolf of Vinita, and James “Jay” Duke Logan II of Ozark, Ark.; grandsons John Seidenberger and James Seidenberger of Vinita; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 2:30 pm on Saturday, Jan. 4 at the First United Methodist Church of Vinita. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to Craig County Salvation Army,
224 W. Sequoyah Ave., Vinita, OK, 74301.