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Col. Leon M. Hebertson M.D. Obituary
Feb. 28, 1928 ~ Dec. 10, 2013
Col. Leon M Hebertson, born in Vineyard Utah February 26 1928, passed away on December 10, 2013 at his daughter's home in Peyton, CO, of natural causes. Leon was a loving father to his 6 children, and led an extraordinary life. At 17, in 1945, he joined the military and served in the Army as WWII came to a close. He later graduated from Brigham Young University, and earned his medical degree from the University of Utah. He served in the Army for over 30 years as a pediatrician, and undertook assignments across the United States and overseas, and he held various leadership roles including Commanding Officer of the 91st Evac Hospital in Chu Lai Vietnam as well as the 24th Evac Hospital in Long Binh Vietnam. He retired in 1975 with the rank of colonel, as the Commander of the Noble Army Medical Center and earned numerous service medals including 2 Legion of Merits. One for his service in Vietnam and a second for years of service to the United States between September 1, 1965- August 31, 1975.
After his time in the military, he served as Kern County Health Officer in Bakersfield CA, for over 10 years. After retiring from Kern County, and based on his extensive background, he was asked by local companies to provide consulting to them in the areas of environmental safety.
In addition to his great military and medical careers, he was first and foremost a great father, who provided for, and continually served his family with great joy and pride. Despite the challenges of career and family, he always had an "upbeat, can-do" approach to life, and encouraged his children in their areas of interest. He was universally respected and admired for the life he led, and for the person he was - a kind, loving father, and a great medical doctor.
Leon will be greatly missed, and was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Lois Mayree Hebertson, as well his oldest daughter Mindy Berry. He is survived by his children Robert Scott Hebertson, William David Hebertson, Karen Marie Zieba, Patricia Ann Finocchiaro, and Stephanie Dianne Johnstone.
His interment will be July 16, 2014 at the Dallas National Cemetery, with full Military Honors. His family asks in lieu of flowers to send donations to either Disable Veterans, Bakersfield Rescue Mission or the USO.
Published in Deseret News from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2014
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