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Obituary: Wodrow W. Copeland

Woodrow W. Copeland 1918 ~ 2005 Woodrow W. Copeland, MD, age 87, passed away November 22, 2005 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Born June 27, 1918 in East (Tatum) Texas to John Fletcher and Lillie Sholston Copeland. He received his early education in East Texas. He served in the Air Corps during World War II, and later met and married LaRue S. Smith in Logan, Utah while stationed with the Air Corps; later divorced after 43 years of marriage but remained good friends until her death in 1998. Together they had three children, two boys and a girl. Following the war, he graduated from the California College of Mortuary Science in Los Angeles, California. After obtaining his funeral directors and mortician license, he decided to pursue a career in medicine. Woodrow graduated from Utah State Agricultural College (Utah State University) with his undergraduate degree, and soon thereafter, entered the University of Utah medical school. He was elected to the Phi Beta Pi honorary society while pursuing his medical degree. He served a one-year internship at the Holy Cross Hospital, and three additional years of residency training in radiology at the LDS hospital. Upon completion of his medical training, he accepted a position as a radiologist with the Montana Deaconess Hospital in Great Falls, Montana. He soon returned to Salt Lake City to join the radiology staff at the LDS Hospital, where he served out the remaining 25 years of his professional career. Woodrow lived a rich and rewarding life. He had a passion for playing golf and was fortunate enough to be able to enjoy his favorite sport until the very end of his life. Remember Dad, "The grass is always greener on the other side; see you on the 19th hole!" We love you and miss you so much. He is survived by two children, Karen Copeland Rynders (Richard) of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Neal G. Copeland (Nancy) of Ijamsville, Maryland; four grandchildren, Marnie and Matthew Copeland, Austin and Annastasia Copeland-Rynders. Also survived by one sister, Wilma Adams; and one brother, J.C. Copeland. Preceded in death by wife, LaRue S. Copeland; son, John Scott Copeland; and grandson, Affin W. Copeland-Phillips. Honoring the request of the deceased there will be no public funeral service. Cremation and interment services carried out by Larkin Sunset Lawn Mausoleum and Cemetery at 2350 E. 1300 S, Salt Lake City, UT.