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Dec 20, 1945 - May 24, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Dr. Rev. John D. Hall, 68, died unexpectedly and tragically on May 24, 2014, while surrounded by his family and loved ones. He was born Dec. 20, 1945, in McPherson, Kansas. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Elaine Kay Hall; two daughters, Michelle Carder and husband Layne and Stephanie Gainor and husband Michael; grandchildren, Alex, Rachel, and Peyton Carder; Sidney and Quinn Gainor; and many other family members. John's life focused on his family and career as a psychotherapist specializing in marriage and family counseling. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy from Southern Nazarene University and became an ordained minister. He earned a master's and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from University of Oklahoma. Dr. Hall did post-doctoral studies in phenomenological psychology at University of Chicago, and Master of Neurology and Psychopharmacology at University of California School of Medicine. He began his teaching career as an Assistant Professor at Southern Nazarene University and later became Chairman of the Philosophy Department at Olivet Nazarene College. He guest lectured at many universities, including Notre Dame, University of Houston, and University of Chicago. John had many PADI scuba certifications, including Rescue, Wreck, and Cave diving. He was licensed as a Captain in sailing from the U.S. Coast Guard. Dr. Hall earned a 2nd Degree Blackbelt in Bak Sei Gung Fu; 2nd Degree Blackbelt in Haganah F.I.G.H.T, an Israeli combat specialty; and 7th Degree Blackbelt in Shaolin Kung Fu Wu Shu. He taught martial arts, assumed management of Master Trumbly's Martial Arts/Dr. Black Belt3, was co-founder of Champion (now Premier Martial Arts), and a NRA certified firearms and concealed handgun license instructor. John was drawn to the ocean, which led to many unforgettable memories with his wife, family, and friends. He had a passion for music and played many instruments, including the piano, trumpet, and the saxophone. He sang on the radio at the age of 2. His other hobbies were scuba diving, martial arts, hunting, and riding motorcycles. For the last 32 years, Dr. Hall and his wife, Elaine, owned and operated the MacArthur Medical and Psychotherapy Clinic in northwest Oklahoma City. His magical gift was helping people heal their wounded hearts. He was committed to unifying families, saving relationships, and teaching how to love again. John lived life to the fullest in every respect, mind, body, and spirit. His legacy will be defined by the thousands of lives he touched. Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at 3 p.m. at the Henderson Hills Baptist Church, Edmond, Oklahoma, under the direction of Crawford Family Funeral Service, Edmond.

Published in The Oklahoman on May 27, 2014
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