|Birth: ||Nov. 11, 1929|
|Death: ||Jan. 24, 2009|
Anthony "Tony" Ballard, age 79, died on January 24, 2009 at the Utah Valley Specialty Hospital in Provo, Utah.
He was born November 11, 1929 in Hurricane, Utah to David Thatcher and Vera Lila Tobler Ballard.
He attended elementary and high school in Hurricane where he was an excellent student. He was on the Student Council and won many contests in debate. He graduated from Hurricane High School in 1948.
Tony met his future wife, Afton Wilson, in second grade when the old adobe schoolhouse in LaVerkin was condemned and the students from LaVerkin transferred to the Hurricane Schools. He married Afton on September 14, 1948 in the Manti Temple.
Tony attended Weber College in Ogden, Utah for two years then transferred to the University of Utah where he completed his pre-med requirements. He attended the University of Utah Medical School and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class with a degree in Medicine in 1957. He did his internship at the Thomas D. Dee Memorial Hospital in Ogden.
In 1958, Tony received a letter from the US Government requiring his service obligation in the military for two years. He was assigned to Fort Riley, Kansas where he learned of the opportunity to specialize in orthopedics through the military. He found the military had many opportunities for his career and for the experiences it provided his family to travel to different areas of the United States.
He was assigned to Ft. Benning, Georgia, Fitzsimmons Hospital in Colorado, and West Point, New York. After New York, Tony was assigned to serve as a base commander of a hospital in Viet Nam. Tripler, Hawaii was his next assignment, and back to Fitzsimmons in Colorado was his last place of military service.
While at Fitzsimmons, Tony recognized the need for a pediatric orthopedist. He was accepted into fellowships to train for this sub-speciality and before he left Fitzsimmons he had established a children's clinic.
Upon his retirement from the military in 1979, Tony accepted a position as a Professor of Children's Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Miami in Florida. He stayed in Miami for 10 years then retired again and returned to his roots in Southern Utah.
Tony served in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in many capacities, including councilor in bishoprics and stake presidencies, High Councilman, Stake Young Men's President, Gospel Doctrine teacher and many others too numerous to list. He also served as a medical missionary to the MTC in Provo, Utah.
Tony is survived by his wife Afton; six children Evan (Pam), Elaine (Larry) Brown, Keith, Kent (Kari), Michael (Debra), and Annette (Frank) Harned; 33 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; siblings Bonnie (Clark) Campbell, Jimmy (Caroline), Lola (Ralph) Brisco, and Roy (Kay); and in-laws Dorothy, Jack Lemmon and Iris. He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Clark, Delma, Darwin and Rauland, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the Orderville Utah LDS Ward Chapel, with a viewing from 9:30-10:45 a.m. on Saturday morning at the Church.
Burial will be in the Orderville Cemetery under the direction of Mosdell Mortuary.
Published in the Deseret News on 1/28/2009.
Created by: Ryan D. Curtis
Record added: Jan 28, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33331800