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Willard Bringhurst Wilkinson
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Birth: Apr. 23, 1920
Jefferson County
Idaho, USA
Death: May 25, 2006
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

Deseret News, The (Salt Lake City, UT) - May 30, 2006 Deceased Name: Willard Bringhurst Wilkinson M.D. UT United States

Willard Bringhurst Wilkinson, M.D. 1920 ~ 2006 Willard Bringhurst Wilkinson peacefully passed away May 25, 2006, at his home in Holladay, Utah.

He was born April 23, 1920, in Ririe, Idaho, to Veda Bringhurst and Stephen Robert Wells Wilkinson.

Willard grew up in the small town of Rigby, Idaho, where his love of animals flourished. All his life he had dogs and horses. He had an instinctive ability to judge animals and relate to them. He owned a number of champion quarterhorses and thoroughbreds. At one time, he was rated the third best thoroughbred breeder in the country, only eclipsed by two of the biggest thoroughbred farms in existence. After animals, his favorite activity was reading. While growing up in Rigby, the librarian was so tired of checking books in and out for him that she finally gave him a key and 24-hour access to the library. He was a voracious reader his entire life. He was an excellent athlete and as a young man particularly excelled in track and field. As a boy, he spent every summer traveling around with his horse to the various county fairs where he won all the foot races as well as the horse races. In college, he was on the track and field team and was an accomplished boxer. He also enjoyed drama and had the lead in numerous plays both in high school and college. Later in life, he took up handball and racquetball and won tournaments in those sports. He attended BYU and Ricks College. While in college, he met and fell in love with his sweetheart, Marian West. They corresponded with each other while he served an LDS mission in the New England States Mission. Upon returning from his mission, with World War II in progress, he was immediately drafted.

With his departure imminent, he married Marian August 27, 1943, in the Logan LDS Temple and a few days later reported at Fort Douglas not knowing when or if they would see each other again.

Fortunately, because of his high test scores and early acceptance to medical school, the Army decided to send him to school; and Marian was able to accompany him. Willard received his M.D. degree from the University of Tennessee in 1947. He interned at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City and then practiced medicine in Mackey, Idaho, for a short time. During the Korean War, he was called up to serve his country again and spent three years in the Public Health Service as the chief medical officer at prisons in Leavenworth, Kansas, and Englewood, Colorado. He settled in Salt Lake City where he had a large medical practice for many years. His keen intellect and his tender concern for people made him an amazing physician. To this day, former patients lament his retirement and say that they have never been able to find a doctor who could replace him. He was the old-school kind of doctor who did everything -- made house calls, surgeries, delivered babies. The well-being of his patients was his first concern, and he was always "on call" day and night all seven days of the week. He was renowned for his knowledge and skill at making diagnoses and for his compassionate care. He foresaw the need of a hospital in the south part of the valley and was instrumental in getting Cottonwood Hospital built, and he served as Chief of Staff at that hospital. He also had great interest in young doctors and helped many of them get started. Willard exemplified honesty and integrity. He valued critical thinking and was a profound thinker himself. He was very insightful and had a way of immediately getting to the heart of the matter. His advice was invariably practical and wise. His charity was unpretentious and often unknown. Giving was one of his favorite things to do, and he loved to shop for gifts. Spending time with him was interesting and fun. He had a quick wit and a great sense of humor. Conversing with him was both stimulating and entertaining. He adored his wife, Marian and we can be comforted knowing that they are now together again.

He is survived by his five children, Lynne (P. Steven) McDonough, Craig West (Devona) Wilkinson, Susan (Kenneth) Lundmark, Jayne (Lars) Stubbendorff, and Jeffrey West (Sue Ann) Wilkinson; 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; brother, Wells B. Wilkinson; and two sisters, Sibyl Lawrence and Winifred Bates. Funeral services will be Thursday, June 1st, 12:30 p.m., at Olympus 1st Ward, 4100 So. Camille St. (2522 E.). Family and friends may call Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 E. 1300 So., and at the ward one hour prior to the funeral.

Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Copyright (c) 2006 Deseret News Publishing Company 
Family links: 
  Stephen Robert Wells Wilkinson (1889 - 1975)
  Veda Bringhurst Wilkinson (1888 - 1974)
  Marian West Wilkinson (1922 - 2005)
  Wells Bringhurst Wilkinson (1914 - 1968)*
  Sibyl W. Lawrence (1917 - 2000)*
  Willard Bringhurst Wilkinson (1920 - 2006)
  Winifred Wilkinson Bates (1922 - 2006)*
*Calculated relationship
Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
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Willard Bringhurst Wilkinson
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Thanks for delivering me into this world and for taking care of all my medical needs for 19 years. You were the greatest!
- Terry
 Added: Jan. 9, 2015

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