King Family to be Recognized


2022 Legacy Hall of Fame

The Bartlesville Community Foundation will again recognize the impactful contributions of three local families during its annual Legacy Hall of Fame gala. The event will be held on Saturday, May 14 at the Bartlesville Community Center. During the event, the BCF will present Legacy Awards to the Keleher and David B. King families. The BCF will also honor the Creel family with its third annual Heritage Award. Tickets for the event are available at or by calling 918-337-2287.


David B. King Family


David B. King Family – left to right, David, Marilyn, Spencer, Camie, Shannon, Jason, Christie, and Brice King

The second of four sons, David B. King was born in Okmulgee, OK in 1955 to Joe and Peggy King. Ten years later, the family moved to Enid, OK where David’s father continued his career in banking. Joe King also became actively involved in local civic clubs and the chamber of commerce, just as he had done in Okmulgee.

Upon graduating high school, David followed in his father’s footsteps by attending Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri where he studied history and business administration. During his time there, he continued to date Marilyn Moore, an Enid native who pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting and advertising design at Phillips University. After earning their degrees, the couple married in the summer of 1977 and moved to Norman where David attended law school at the University of Oklahoma while Marilyn worked in OU Publications as a graphic artist.

In 1980, the couple arrived in Bartlesville. David interviewed with the Brewer Worten Robinett law firm (now Robinett King) while Marilyn interviewed with Phillips Petroleum Company in public and governmental affairs. Both were offered jobs and have lived in Bartlesville ever since.

Following in his father’s footsteps again, David became very active in the community. His civic involvement has included the Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce, Bartlesville Development Authority, and Elder Care. He’s also led and participated in numerous elections for the City of Bartlesville and Bartlesville Public Schools. David is also one of the founders of the Bartlesville Community Foundation, and he currently serves as chairman of the board at Jane Phillips Medical Center. Marilyn designed the Phillips – The First 66 Years book, logos for the Bartlesville Centennial, Sunfest, and Service League cookbook, along with promotional materials for the Bartlesville Symphony, local arts groups, and the Tulsa Opera. Marilyn also painted the buffalo outside First Presbyterian Church. She has taught Bible studies for local churches and facilitated small prayer/study groups in the community. Both David and Marilyn have been long-time public school volunteers.

The Kings are parents of three adult sons, all of whom attended Bartlesville schools.

Brice works for Wells Fargo in Tulsa. He and his wife, Christie, are the parents of twin girls. Spencer is a CPA for Phillips 66. He and his wife, Camie, have a son and a daughter. Jason is a neurologist for the local hospital. He and his wife, Shannon, are the parents of two boys. All three of the adult sons and their families continue the family legacy of civic and charitable involvement.