Dr. Eugene Jex Capener, noted Salt Lake physician and surgeon, died at his home on Monday, February 20, 1995 at the age of 90.

He was born in Riverside, Utah on February 7, 1905. Raised on a northern Utah farm, he would have been content to remain there but his mother encouraged him to become a medical doctor. He, of course, acceded to her wishes but never lost his life-long love of working the soil and of appreciating the people who struggled to make a living at it.Dr. Capener graduated in Chemistry from the University of Utah, from the Rush Medical College at the University of Chicago, and from the Graduate School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in the theory and practice of surgery.

While his medical colleagues sought work in more financially rewarding urban settings, Dr. Capener chose to return to the west with his young family during the Great Depression and settled in the rural community of Randolph, Utah. It was a hard scrabble existence in those years for the working people of small, bleak farming towns but the people of Randolph found in Dr. Capener an unusual man who empathized not only with their farming problems but with their inability to meet their financial obligations.

In time he became to these farm families of Rich and Box Elder Counties their life-long friend, financial advisor and family physician. In 1938 he brought his medical practice to Salt Lake City followed by most of his loyal Randolph patients.

During the Second World War, Dr. Capener was assigned by the War Department to work as a volunteer physician at the U.S. Defense Arms Plant in Salt Lake City.

He continued to serve as a practicing physician and insurance medical examiner until late in life, testimony of his untiring energy and desire to be of service to others.

Dr. Capener always held in high esteem genuine accomplishment, especially when it was achieved through long, hard labor and rigorous education.

He loved his wife, Ramona, and their three children, Joan, Jex and Carol. He was a dedicated admirer of fine art, classical music, foreign travel, the Mormon Church, farming and the capitalistic system.

He was clearly not a man to suffer fools either in business matters or in the profession of his choice.

Dr. Capener was hard-working, direct, resolute, outspoken, without pretense, and very will-intentioned. Concealed beneath this demeanor, however, was the heart of a compassionate, guileless and kindly man.

In a culture that continues to place increasing value upon conformity and self-containment, a unique man like Dr. E. Jex Capener was a rare find, indeed. He will genuinely be missed by those who were fortunate enough to know him and to love him.

Funeral services will be held Friday, February 24, 1995 at 12 noon in the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary Chapel, 3401 So. Highland Drive, where friends may call on friday from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment: Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

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