Dr. Paul S. Groneman of Provo died at home March 9, 2001 of congestive heart failure with his loving wife and family at his bedside. He was born April 6, 1921 in Provo to Oran Mon-roe and Blanche Hutchings Groneman.
He graduated from Provo High School in 1939 as Valedic-torian of his class. He started at BYU in September of that same year but his education was inter-rupted when he was called to serve a mission in the Span-ish American Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was there that he was instrumental in building the first LDS chapel in Vallecitos, New Mexico. He and his companion made their own adobe bricks by stomping straw into the mud as they did in ancient times, and cut and hauled trees to make timber to finish the building.
After serving 32 months among the Spanish speaking people he returned home but was there only a short time when he was called to serve in the U.S. Army Infantry during World War II. He was inducted at Fort Douglas, UT and sent to Camp Fannin in Texas where he completed basic training and was as expert marksman of the SSW/M1 rifle and was subsequently assigned to the 474th anti-aircraft battalion. He later served in the European Theatre of Operations where he transferred to a constabulary unit and into the medical corps. He witnessed the aftermath of the German Blitz of London and the mass destruction of that city. He was sent to the battlefront and joined the allied forces in the occupation of Western Germany. While en route he witnessed some of the atrocities of the German concentration camps. He earned the Good Conduct Medal, the African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon w/1 bronze battle star, the Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal. He was discharged in August of 1946 having earned the occupational specialty of Surgical Technician.
After the war he returned to BYU and graduated in 1948. He was accepted to the U of U Medical School and graduated in 1951. He completed his internship in Eloise, Michigan at Wayne County Hospital, then returned to LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City where he completed his residency in general practice. He also took classes in anesthesiology and worked part time as an anesthetist at the Salt Lake General Hospital and LDS Hospital. He started private practice in 1958 with Dr. Doyle Cranney in Orem, UT where he took over that practice when Dr. Cranney was called back into the Navy to additional service. When Dr. Cranney returned they formed a partnership until Dr. Cranney retired. He then practiced at Springville Medical Center, FHP and joined the practice of Drs. Hess and Porter, then joined Inter-mountain Health Care and worked at the Family Care Center in Springville until his retirement at the age of 75.
Paul married Elaine Packard in 1948 in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple and they had four children. They were later divorced. In 1974 he married Dixie Loveless Mildenhall and that marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
Dr. Groneman was an active member of the LDS Church, serving as a high councilor in the Orem West Stake and the Oak Hills Stake. He was a dedicated home teacher and served in many different auxiliaries in the Church.
Paul loved fishing, hunting, camping, and working in the yard. He was an avid snow and water skier, and loved to be on his boat. For many years he was a member of the Utah County Sheriff's Jeep Patrol, and went on many 4-wheeling expeditions. He loved history and archaeology, and enjoyed many archaeology expeditions. He felt very strongly about family togetherness with both immediate and extended family members. He especially loved to travel with his wife and had many wonderful trips abroad where they met many friends on the tours they took.
Dr. Groneman knew in his early life that he wanted to be an M.D. He faithfully served the people of Utah Valley and many others from other cities in and outside of Utah, for 45 years. He was sincerely loved by all of his patients and loved taking care of families for three generations. He truly lived up to the Hippocratic Oath.
Paul is survived by his wife of 27 years; one son, David L. (Renee) Groneman, Murray, UT; one daughter, Polly (Ken) Stoddard, Springville, UT; three stepsons, Bryan Mildenhall, Provo, UT, Greg (Bonnie) Mildenhall, Riverton, UT, McKay (Jill) Mildenhall, Molalla, OR; and one stepdaughter, Annalee (Troy) Rowley, West Jordan, UT; 17 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sons, Gary and Gerald Groneman, and Rodd Mildenhall; and two brothers, LaMar and Shirl Groneman.
Services will be Wed. March 14, 2001, 11 a.m. at the Oak Hills Stake Center, 925 E. North Temple Dr, Provo. Friends may call at Berg Mortuary, 185 E. Center St, Provo Tues. 6-8 p.m. and at the Stake Center Wed. 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Provo City Cemetery. Military rites will be performed by VFW District #4.
The family wishes to acknowledge the service and support of Utah's Heritage Hospice for the friendly and loving care rendered by his team, especially Dolly, Carolyn, and Heather.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions in Dr. Groneman's name be made to the scholarship fund at the U of U Medical School.