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Death: Thomas A. Halversen, M.D.

Much-loved father and husband, respected physician and educator, Thomas A. Halversen, passed away at home, on Friday, January 30, of brain cancer.

Born July 8, 1928, in Corvallis, Oregon, to William Vernal and Minnie Elthora Hicken Halversen. He graduated from San Jose High School in 1947 and received his undergraduate degree from BYU in 1951. He married Charmaine Guthrie December 23, 1952 in the Mesa, Arizona Temple. He earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, in 1955. After serving in the Air Force at Lowry AFB in Denver, Colorado, he moved his family to Bountiful, Utah in 1960.He practiced pediatrics for several years, then changed his emphasis to child psychiatry. In addition to his medical practice, he was an associate professor in the University of Utah College of Medicine, where he earned the honor of Outstanding Professor of the year in 1975. He was the medical director of the Children's Center for 18 years, and headed both the Dept. of Child Psychiatry at Primary Children's Medical Center and the Div. of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the U. of U. College of Medicine for many years. On a national level, he was an influence for good working with Native American children through the American Academy of Child Psychiatry.

Always more important to him than the titles, was the welfare of the child. After his retirement in 1991, he continued to serve voluntarily in many capacities, and greatly enjoyed his work as a docent at the Utah Museum of Natural History. He loved to hike the canyons of Southern Utah, sail Utah's lakes, and cycle wherever his bike would take him. He was the world's greatest grandpa, known for taking grandkids on the most fun fieldtrips. He also deeply appreciated his opportunity to serve as a supervisor in the Bountiful Temple. His testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ never wavered. He was a man of integrity.

Our heartfelt thanks to Dr. John MacFarlane, Dr. John Thomson, Dr. Ross Morgan, and Dr. David Ranks. Additional thanks to IHC Home Care, Hospice, and especially our angel Dean Fordham, who undoubtedly earned his "wings" for his care of Tom. Love and appreciation to the Barton Creek Ward, wonderful neighbors, and friends who were always there.

Dr. Halversen is survived by his wife, four daughters, Maren Halversen, Farmington; Carla (David) Eskelsen, Farmington; Laurel (Rick) Draper, Farmington; Heidi (Gary) Calder, Mapleton; and two sons, Tom (Jolene), Springville; and Gary (Jennifer), Newington, VA. He is also survived by 15 beautiful grandchildren, his brother, William (Irene) of San Jose, CA, and sister, Lucile (George) Sperry of Bountiful.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 3, at the Barton Creek Ward, 640 South 750 East, Bountiful, at 12 noon. Viewings will be held Monday night from 6-8 p.m. at Russon Bros. Mortuary, 295 No. Main, Bountiful, and from 10-11:30 a.m. before the services. Contributions may be made to Primary Children's Medical Center or the Children's Center.

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