Lem Tull, Co-Founder of Crafton Tull, Dies at 85


Engineering firm Crafton Tull of Rogers announced Friday the death of its co-founder, Lemuel "Lem" Henry Tull. He died Thursday morning at the age of 85.

Tull was born in Keo (Lonoke County) to Lilburn and Arkie Tull. The family later moved to Sherwood, where he worked for Coleman Dairy Co.

He graduated from North Little Rock High School and attended Little Rock Junior College before transferring to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Tull graduated in 1955 from the UA with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering.

After graduation, he spent two years in the military, then joined the Arkansas Highway Department in Little Rock. He met and married Margaret Ann Kennan, a licensed nurse, whose original home was in Rogers.

In November 1963, Tull persuaded his friend and fellow Highway Department engineer, Bob Crafton, to join him in moving to Rogers and in opening a private consulting engineering company.

During his 33 years with Crafton Tull, he saw the firm experience steady growth in business and personnel, move into larger facilities and the add several branch offices in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Tull was a professional engineer in both Arkansas and Missouri, a member of the Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Fraternity and a member of the Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineers.

He is survived by his wife; one sister, Dorlene Bradford of Rogers; two children, Melissa Tull Johnson and Jim Tull, both of Rogers; four grandsons; and two granddaughters.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced yet.

Tull and his wife were also members of the First United Methodist Church of Rogers.