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Dr Quentin James Bonser

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Dr Quentin James Bonser

Birth
Washington, USA
Death
4 Oct 2007 (aged 86)
California, USA
Burial
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID
21986354 View Source

Dr. Quentin Bonser died Thursday morning, October 4, 2007, after a decades-long battle with liver disease.
Dr. Bonser was born November, 1 1920 in Sedro Woolley, Washington (almost on the Canadian border) to George Wayne and Kathleen Imogene (Lynch) Bonser. He attended grammar schools in Seattle, Portland, Montebello and Whittier High School where his basketball team won the State championship. He was recruited by USC and sent to Compton Junior College, their training school. While there he changed his major from sport coaching to pre-med and chose to attend UCLA, graduating in 1943.
During summers he worked as a lifeguard to make money for college and sustained that love of swimming all his life. He taught children, grandchildren and great grandchildren how to swim. He earned his M.D. in 1945 and finished his surgical training at UCSF in 1955. During the Korean War he served in the Air Force at Travis AFB in Fairfield and was Chief of Surgery there from 1951-52. Dr. Bonser had a medical practice for 5 years in Visalia then moved to Placerville in 1961 where he practiced until 1989. Twice he was chief of staff. He was a volunteer physician in Vietnam for 3 tours of two months each in 1971-1973. After retirement he remained active with Marshall Hospital's education program, the M&M committee. Even in his dying days he talked with Marshall leadership to receive assurances that his vision for the hospital would go forward after his death.
He and Dr. John Mathewson were inspired by their nurse-daughters to start the Mathewson Nursing Scholarship for Marshall Hospital nurses.
He and his wife Loie visited many countries, including Egypt, Peru, South Africa, New Zealand, Germany, Italy, France, England and China, and all but three U.S. states. Several times they went to New Mexico with its unlit skies to indulge his astronomy interest.
Dr. Bonser received many honors during his life and treasured the Helping Hands award from Marshall in 2006, the Sacramento-El Dorado Medical Society 1996 Honor Award in recognition of his professional contributions and significant achievements, the American Medical Association Certificate of Appreciation for Humanitarian Service and the bench on the Placerville walking trail for "The Man Who Walks The Walk."
Loellen Rocca Bonser (Loie), his devoted wife of 62 years, survives Dr. Bonser. His four children and their families also survive him. They are 1) Wayne Bonser and his wife Marina of Pollock Pines, children Peter, Patrick, Chris, April, Heidi and Stephanie and grandchildren Obie and Noah 2) Gordon Bonser and his wife Cathy of Crescent City, children Heather and Lainey and grandchildren Greta, Elia, William and Harrison, 3) Patty Sanford and her husband Marty of Placerville, children Lisa, George and Jill and 4) Carol Gunter and her husband Ernie of Shingle Springs.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends remember Dr. Bonser with donations to the Mathewson Nursing Scholarship of Marshall Foundation or Snowline Hospice.

Dr. Quentin Bonser died Thursday morning, October 4, 2007, after a decades-long battle with liver disease.
Dr. Bonser was born November, 1 1920 in Sedro Woolley, Washington (almost on the Canadian border) to George Wayne and Kathleen Imogene (Lynch) Bonser. He attended grammar schools in Seattle, Portland, Montebello and Whittier High School where his basketball team won the State championship. He was recruited by USC and sent to Compton Junior College, their training school. While there he changed his major from sport coaching to pre-med and chose to attend UCLA, graduating in 1943.
During summers he worked as a lifeguard to make money for college and sustained that love of swimming all his life. He taught children, grandchildren and great grandchildren how to swim. He earned his M.D. in 1945 and finished his surgical training at UCSF in 1955. During the Korean War he served in the Air Force at Travis AFB in Fairfield and was Chief of Surgery there from 1951-52. Dr. Bonser had a medical practice for 5 years in Visalia then moved to Placerville in 1961 where he practiced until 1989. Twice he was chief of staff. He was a volunteer physician in Vietnam for 3 tours of two months each in 1971-1973. After retirement he remained active with Marshall Hospital's education program, the M&M committee. Even in his dying days he talked with Marshall leadership to receive assurances that his vision for the hospital would go forward after his death.
He and Dr. John Mathewson were inspired by their nurse-daughters to start the Mathewson Nursing Scholarship for Marshall Hospital nurses.
He and his wife Loie visited many countries, including Egypt, Peru, South Africa, New Zealand, Germany, Italy, France, England and China, and all but three U.S. states. Several times they went to New Mexico with its unlit skies to indulge his astronomy interest.
Dr. Bonser received many honors during his life and treasured the Helping Hands award from Marshall in 2006, the Sacramento-El Dorado Medical Society 1996 Honor Award in recognition of his professional contributions and significant achievements, the American Medical Association Certificate of Appreciation for Humanitarian Service and the bench on the Placerville walking trail for "The Man Who Walks The Walk."
Loellen Rocca Bonser (Loie), his devoted wife of 62 years, survives Dr. Bonser. His four children and their families also survive him. They are 1) Wayne Bonser and his wife Marina of Pollock Pines, children Peter, Patrick, Chris, April, Heidi and Stephanie and grandchildren Obie and Noah 2) Gordon Bonser and his wife Cathy of Crescent City, children Heather and Lainey and grandchildren Greta, Elia, William and Harrison, 3) Patty Sanford and her husband Marty of Placerville, children Lisa, George and Jill and 4) Carol Gunter and her husband Ernie of Shingle Springs.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends remember Dr. Bonser with donations to the Mathewson Nursing Scholarship of Marshall Foundation or Snowline Hospice.


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