Garth was born in Hugo, Oklahoma on July 25, 1915, of pioneer parents Floyd Percy Caylor and Margaret McVicker Ball Caylor. He married Norma Ann Stovall of Hugo in 1936.
Garth attended Harvard and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. degree in geology in 1938. He worked for Shell Oil Company for nine years. From 1947 until his retirement in 1989 he was a consulting geologist in Tulsa, Oklahoma, serving part of that time as vice president and director of the Oil Capitol Corporation.
Garth was a widely known and respected petroleum geologist who served the industry with distinction. He served as president of the AAPG Mid-Continent Section and received their Distinguished Service Award in 1982. He was also a member of AAPG, president of the Tulsa Geological Society, vice president of the American Institute of Professional Geologists, vice president of the SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), director of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, chairman of Tulsa’s Vision 2000 Mayor’s Advisory Committee, and a member of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, a charter member of the Tulsa Petroleum Club, and enjoyed golf as a member of the Tulsa Country Club.
Music played an important role in Garth’s life. He played clarinet and saxophone in a Hugo band from age 13 on, and in a jazz group called “The Melomaniacs.” He was a member of two bands at the University of Oklahoma, the Collegians and the Boomers, and later played with a group of Tulsa businessmen, the infamous “Rare Bach and Let ‘Em Have It Boys.”
Garth said the things of which he was most proud were his wife and children, and being ordained as deacon, elder, and trustee of the First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa. Garth William Caylor died on March 13, 2001, in Dallas, Texas.
He is survived by his three children: Garth William Caylor, Jr., Diane Caylor Galloway and Carole Caylor Johnston.
The Garth W. Caylor Memorial Grant is awarded annually to a deserving graduate student through the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation Grants-in-Aid program. Funding for the Grant endowment came from a bequest that Mr. Caylor left to the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation.