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Obituary: Y.D. Eskelson, M.D.

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Y.D. Eskelson, M.D. 3/11/1917 ~ 8/18/2006 Ynez Diaz (Enoch) Eskelson completed a full and meaningful mortal life on August 18, 2006. He was born March 11, 1917, to Farley Gilbert Eskelson and Lita Jefferies in Colonia Juarez, Mexico where his father was called to head the Academia Juarez. He was named after Ynez Diaz Salazar, one of Pancho Villa's Sandinistas with whom the family befriended. Ynez Diaz Eskelson lived a life replete with devoted family, passion for learning, historical legacy, diverse education, rewarding career, and cowboy's ballads always in his heart. As a youngster, he was nicknamed Enoch by his uncle Dan - a name that was readily adopted by all who tripped over the name Ynez. He told stories of spending idyllic summers with his cousins in Grantsville and going to different schools every year in his elementary and secondary school days, as his mother was raising him and his brother Dick as a single parent. His mother remarried A. Cardon Merrill, who was a beloved step-father to the boys and Ynez finally spent his high school years at one school, graduating from Salt Lake City's East High School. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1938, where he affiliated with Sigma Chi. He married his sweetheart, Adrienne Jayne Earl, on September 1, 1939, and they lived a memorable, starving students' life in New Orleans while he completed medical school at LSU. As a Lieutenant JG in the Navy, he and Adrienne moved to the San Francisco Bay Area during WWII. After the war, he completed his residency at USC and interned in dermatology in Los Angeles. They returned to Salt Lake City in 1949, and he established his practice in dermatology on South Temple. He was a superb diagnostician. When he wasn't "doctorin'", Enoch was a vigorous cowboy and a fine horse trainer. Along with his family, he spent the last 50 years on the upper Weber River at his hacienda, Beaver Springs Ranch. He was a well-respected quarter-horse breeder, producing cutting horse and horse racing stock. Enoch was always a fine companion on a pack trip - he removed many a wart with his pocket knife and stitched the wounds of plenty of men and beasts with a needle and horsehair, sterilized by Johnnie Walker! He was never without a good horse or a good dog. Adrienne preceded him in death in 1989, shortly after their fiftieth wedding anniversary. Not long after, he fought a nasty battle with lymphosarcoma, claiming victory for 16 years! In 1993, he married Camille Tate Mastelotto in Park City, where they happily made their home. Enoch leaves many caring friends in Summit, Tooele, and Washington Counties, having spent many winters in St. George. He is survived by his wife Camille and his brother O. Richard Eskelson (LaRene). Also surviving him are his daughters Kristine Widner (David) and Georgie Lewis (Frank); his son Enoch Farley Eskelson (Lori); his grandchildren Andrew Widner, Judson Widner, Alex Widner, Jordan Lewis, Patrick Lewis, Lauren Lewis, Kellie Lewis, Enoch Eskelson, Ashlee Eskelson Schaar (Casey) and Whitney Eskelson; and his great-granddaughter, Marley Beshore-Widner. Enoch leaves behind Camille's children: Mark Mastelotto, Dana Sylvester (Mike), and Christin Freeman (Jim); his step-grand children, Austin Sylvester, Taylor Sylvester, Dustin Freeman, and Brandon Freeman, all whom he dearly loved. In addition to Adrienne, he was predeceased by his sister Barbara; half-sisters Miriam, Sharon and Mary Jane. As member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he was ordained a high priest in 2004. He found peace and camaraderie with his Park City ward family, who befriended him during his residence in Park City. The Eskelson family extends sincere thanks to the wonderful people who have cared for him in his 89th year. Friends may gather from 6 -8 p.m. Monday, August 21 at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 Highland Drive; graveside service at same location (Elmdale section) on Tuesday, August 22 at noon. He was a research donor to the Lions Eye Bank for study of macular degeneration. Those wishing to, may remember him by donating to the Coalition for Utah's Future/Envision Utah, Utah Lions Eye Bank or Primary Children's Hospital, organizations with whom his family affiliates.