|Birth: ||Dec. 26, 1925|
|Death: ||Oct. 29, 2010|
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Our extraordinary father and grandfather, George Vivian Hinckley, "GeeVee," finally succumbed to heart failure after fighting the good fight, and peacefully passed away on October 29, 2010. He resided at 1174 South Vista View Drive (2950 East) in the Foothill neighborhood of Salt Lake City, Utah at the time of his death.
The eldest son of Anna Fern Johnson and George Edwin Hinckley, he was born December 26, 1925 in Provo, Utah, and grew up in Salt Lake City.
Excelling in many areas, particularly school and sports, George officially graduated from East High School in 1943, although had enrolled at the U of U in 1942, having been accepted into the special V12 educational program for medics and officers which also led him to enlist in the Navy.
He continued studies at the U as well as College of the Pacific, Northwestern University, Newport, Rhode Island, and Princeton for Midshipmen's schooling.
He was commissioned an Ensign to active duty on a destroyer, the USS Lyman K. Swenson, as torpedo officer and served six months in the North China Sea.
He returned to the U of U in 1946, married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Flora, on March 24, 1947, and received a B.S. in Zoology in 1948.
Following graduation from the U of U Medical School in 1952, George and Patte took their young family to California where he completed his internship and residency at Stanford. They returned to Salt Lake, where George began private practice in 1956 at Holy Cross Hospital.
Subsequently, he held numerous leadership positions including President of Medical Staff at Holy Cross in 1975, President of OB/GYN Society of Utah in 1978, and Medical Chairman of the Board of UMIA from 1989 to 1995.
He was particularly proud of receiving special recognition along with Dr. Irving Ershler for early efforts to detect cervical cancer in Utah, which ultimately lead to the Pap smear as a standard screening test.
Extremely active and energetic in his prime, George enjoyed running track, skiing, tennis, fishing, hunting, camping, snowmobiling, and sailing with family and friends.
He was a master gardener and could fix virtually anything. He and Patte enjoyed their travels, especially to England, Italy and Hawaii and spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Not one to ever be idle, it was a true challenge in recent years for George to be thwarted by his heart failure, but he remained an avid sports fan to the end. Happily married for fifty-five years, he missed Patte terribly following her death in 2002.
His parents Fern and George Hinckley, and his beloved wife Patte precede George in death. He is survived by sister Colleen Maxwell (Neal-deceased), brother Ed Hinckley (Joyce), daughter Pam Hinckley (Alan Huff), son Kevin Hinckley, daughter Jody Elsholz (John), daughter Erin Bowers (Rob), nine grandchildren of whom he was very proud, numerous nieces, nephews, dear friends, and his adored dog Elle.
Funeral Services will be held at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple Street, with a visitation on Monday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and service on Tuesday at 12:00 p.m., with a visitation one hour prior to the services.
Interment at the Salt Lake City Cemetery.
Published in the Deseret News from October 31 to November 1, 2010.
Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Created by: Ryan Curtis
Record added: Oct 30, 2010
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You were one of the greatest doctors I know...I loved the side bets we had when I was one of your patients.|
Deborah Ballard Anderson
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