McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


February 21, 2013

John Frederick Carletti, D.D.S.

McALESTER — John Frederick Carletti, D.D.S.

Long time Sapulpa resident, John Frederick Carletti, was born in Hartshorne, Oklahoma, on June 15, 1936 and passed away on February 17, 2013. He was the sole child of second generation Italian immigrant Fred Carletti and Marguerite Scherer Carletti. John Carletti graduated from Hartshorne High School in 1955. For his undergraduate degree, John attended Northeastern State University, where he played on the Redman football team, and graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, with minors in math and biology. He married his hometown sweetheart Janice Lynch in 1958. John Carletti received his Doctor of Dental Science (DDS) degree from University of Tennessee in 1963, where he served as Senior Class President. Dr. Carletti moved to Sapulpa in 1964 and started his private practice. He and Janice raised their five children, Cathy, Karen, Nena, Gina, and John Andrew in Sapulpa.

Striving for excellence, Dr. John Carletti continually pursued the newest technology in the dental field and expanded his practice from general dentistry to cosmetic dentistry. He always found it personally rewarding to give people a beautiful smile. Because of his dedication to the industry and love of education, John opened Dental Careers of Tulsa, a private school focused on training the next dental assistant work force. To date, the school has launched dental related careers of scores of graduates.

But his philanthropy did not stop there. Combining his love for education and his entrepreneur spirit, John and his longtime friend and classmate, Dr. Harold Battenfield, launched the Northeastern State University Distinguished Entrepreneur Lecture Series in 2001. In 2005, he received the NSU Distinguished Alumni Award, and was a proud member of the Nifty-Fifty alumni group.

John was an active member of the Sapulpa community for nearly fifty years, serving as a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Sapulpa Main Street, Jaycees, Elks, and Kiwanis. He was a member of the Sapulpa School Board for six years, and served as President of the School Board in 1977; and continued to encourage education and leadership through various programs such as the National Teenager Scholarship, Spirit of America National Honor Band, Presidential Classroom, the Sapulpa Chieftain Booster Club, and the Sapulpa chapter of the Future Farmers of America. Professional memberships included the Oklahoma Dental Association (ODA), American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Tulsa County Dental Society. Dr. Carletti served as secretary/treasurer of the ODA in 1977. He was currently serving on the Advisory Board at both First United Bank and the Salvation Army. Additionally, he was a longtime supporter of the Salvation Army, donating hundreds of bicycles each year at Christmas in a tradition started by his mother Marguerite Carletti.

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