Crafton Tull announced today that Lem Tull, the co-founder of the engineering and planning firm, died on Thursday, January 31, at the age of 85.
According to the Crafton Tull press release, Tull passed away around 2 a.m. on Thursday at Mercy Hospital in Rogers.
The son of Lilburn and Arkie Tull, Lemuel Henry Tull was born in Keo, Arkansas. The Tull family, including sister Dorlene Bradford, moved to Sherwood later, where Lilburn worked for Coleman Dairy Company.
After graduting from North Little Rock High School, Tull transferred to the University of Arkansas from Little Rock Junior College. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering in 1955 from U of A.
Tull worked for the Arkansas Highway Department in Little Rock after serving two years in the military. While employed at the Highway Department, he convinced Bob Crafton, a fellow engineer, to open a private engineering company with him in Rogers. In Tull’s 33 years with the company, starting in November 1963, he helped expand the firm and the number of employees throughout the years.
Now, the firm has over 200 employees spread across 10 offices in Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Tull was certified as a Professional Engineer in both Arkansas and Missouri, as well as a member of the Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Fraternity and a member of the Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineers.
He married Margaret Ann Kennan while working at the state highway department. They have two children – Melissa Tull Johnson and Jim Tull, both of Rogers.