NORMAN, Okla. - Jon 'Bret' Carpenter, 55, of Norman, Oklahoma, died instantly in an automobile accident at 5000 E. Rock Creek Rd. in Norman on Saturday, March 31, 2018. He was born June 25, 1962, at Ulysses, Kansas, to Don and Willynda Carpenter and was their only child. His grandparents were Norman and Louise Carpenter and Rev. Randy and Sibyl Wilburn, all from Seminole, OK.

Jon 'Bret' Carpenter
NORMAN, Okla. - Jon 'Bret' Carpenter, 55, of Norman, Oklahoma, died instantly in an automobile accident at 5000 E. Rock Creek Rd. in Norman on Saturday, March 31, 2018. He was born June 25, 1962, at Ulysses, Kansas, to Don and Willynda Carpenter and was their only child. His grandparents were Norman and Louise Carpenter and Rev. Randy and Sibyl Wilburn, all from Seminole, OK.
He grew up and attended school in Ulysses, Kansas, graduating with the Class of 1981. Bret was an athlete and lettered in basketball, track, and football. One memorable event he treasured was participating in the Barry Switzer Football Camp at OU in 1979. He attended Coffeyville Junior College in Kansas on a football scholarship. Bret married Marilyn Ollie in 1985. They were married 8 years and did not have children. He remained single for the rest of his life.
Most of his adult life was spent working with the Carpenter family in several oil and gas related businesses in Ulysses, Kansas. He managed his father's Hutchinson Speedway in Kansas several years. Seventeen years ago the Carpenters moved to Norman and started a waste management business. All were avid Sooner fans and loved living in Norman. He was baptized at the Franklin Baptist Church, Norman, by Pastor Fred Hambrick who will officiate at the Memorial Service.
Bret was well known driving the Carpenter Racing Team C88 NCRA Stock Cars and IMCA Modified Race Cars. His track Championships included Liberal, Dodge City, Hutchinson, Wichita, Dighton, and Salina in Kansas, along with Lamar, CO, Amarillo, TX and various other tracks throughout the Midwest.
After moving to Norman, the Carpenters expanded their interest in horses, by owning, breeding and racing quarter horses. His uncle's family operated the feed and tack store at Remington Park (Heritage Place) and Bret hauled horses to tracks around the country for their trainer. He was thrilled when 'First Sweet Midnight' won the Black Gold 440 Futurity on November 14, 2015.
Preceding him in death were: all grandparents; father, Don Carpenter; and uncle, Rusty Carpenter.
Survivors include: his mother, Willynda Holmes and step-father, Carl Holmes, Liberal, KS; and step-brother, Randall Holmes (wife, Morgan) and nephew Alexx Holmes, Rose Hill, KS.
Carpenter family survivors include: his aunt, Allison Carpenter; cousin, Dustin Carpenter (wife, Avery), children Braxton and Rylee; and cousin, Nicole Carpenter Stanford (husband, Brandon) and children Elysia, Blake, Luke, and Elyvia. All live in Norman, OK.
The family will be present to receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018, (with a light lunch provided) at the Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman. The Memorial Service will immediately follow in the Chapel at 1 p.m.
Bret disliked cut flowers and felt they were wasteful, so the family has set up the Bret Carpenter Memorial Fund, providing educational expenses for his nephew in Kansas and his Carpenter cousins in Oklahoma.
Cremation has taken place, and a future private burial is planned in Seminole, OK.
Arrangements for Bret Carpenter's Memorial are in the care of Havenbrook Funeral Home, 3401 Havenbrook St., Norman, OK 73072. They will receive Memorial checks. Online condolences may be shared at www.HavenbrookFuneralHome.com.