It is with heavy hearts that we report Mr. Lem Tull, co-founder of our great firm, passed away at approximately 2:00am Thursday, January 31st at Mercy Hospital in Rogers. He was 85 years old. Mr. Tull had been in a nursing home the past few years with health issues, and he passed away in peace with his family by his side. We will let everyone know about the funeral when those arrangements are made.
We ask that you join with us in praying for the Tull family at this time. We will miss Mr. Lem’s encouraging smile and his presence in our community. His leadership helped make our company what it is today.
If you haven’t seen it, our 50th-anniversary video has a great interview with our two founders.
LEMUEL HENRY TULL was born in Keo, Arkansas, a small town located approximately 20 miles southeast of Little Rock. His parents, Lilburn and Arkie Tull, later moved to Sherwood, Arkansas where Lilburn was employed with Coleman Dairy Company. Lem has one sister, Dorlene Bradford, living in Rogers.
Lem graduated from North Little Rock High School and attended Little Rock Junior College prior to transferring to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He graduated in 1955 from the University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.
After graduation, he spent two years in the military and then was employed with the Arkansas Highway Department in Little Rock. During this time, he met and married Margaret Ann Kennan, a licensed nurse, whose original home was in Rogers. Lem and Margaret have two grown children – Melissa Tull Johnson and Jim Tull, both of whom live in Rogers. Melissa and her husband have three sons, while Jim has two daughters and one son.
In November of 1963, Lem persuaded his friend and fellow Highway Department engineer, Bob Crafton, to join with him and move to Rogers, a city of approximately 6,300 people, to open a private consulting engineering company. During his 33 years with Crafton Tull, Lem saw the firm experience steady growth in business and number of employees, necessitating moves into larger facilities and expansion to several branch offices in Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Lem Tull was an active leader in both professional societies and community activities throughout his career. He was a Professional Engineer in Arkansas and Missouri, a member of the Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Fraternity, and a member of the Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineers. He and Margaret were members of the First United Methodist Church of Rogers.