Donald William Challis, age 78, having braved 14 years of dialysis and multiple physical ailments, passed away peacefully at his home Aug. 17, 2002, during a bout of pancreatitis.
Born Sept. 13, 1923 in Palo Alto, CA, to Arthur D. and Winifred Wood Challis. Graduated from South High in Salt Lake City. Married Verna Fish, his childhood sweetheart, Jan. 8, 1943 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Though he contracted a deadly and irreversible disease shortly after their marriage, they were blessed with nearly 60 years together. He was a kind and loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved gardening, fishing, stamp collecting, family history research and writing poetry.
He graduated form University of Utah Medical School in 1946. He helped arrange for the establishment of the Cottonwood Hospital where he later served as Chief of Staff. He also served as the secretary of the County Medical Society. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. In 1948, he moved his family to Murray where he set up his own medical practice. There his love for his fellowmen was shown through his concern for the patients in his care. He was beloved family physician.
He taught his love for his Heavenly Father through example, and dedicated church service throughout his life, serving as a home teacher, priest advisor, Elders Quorum president, the first stake president of the Murray South Stake, high councilman, Gospel Doctrine teacher, and temple worker.
Survived by his wife, Verna; children, Donald W. Challis (Lorraine), Suzanne Limburg (David), Lynne Rowley (Richard), Brian Challis (Gunn), Janet Dawson (Thomas), Woodruff Challis (Ruth), Winfred DeMann (Alan), Marlene Lane; 46 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; sister, Genevieve Millgate, brother, James W. Challis (Ruth), and sister-in-law, Ruth Challis. Preceded in death by brother, A. Thomas Challis.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002, 11 a.m. at the Murray South Stake Center, 5635 South Fashion Blvd. (approx 350 E.) in Murray. Friends may call Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 South State Street, and Thursday, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at the stake center. Interment, Murray City