Don Val Langston (1930 - 2013)

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Langston, Don Val Don Val Langston, MD Born: Tulsa, Oklahoma September 16, 1930 Died: Scottsdale Arizona December 19, 2013 Don Val Langston is survived by his wife of 53 years, Phyllis Jean (Phillips) Langston, daughters Vali Filippone, Dawn Jean Langston, Traci Elizabeth Langston, grandsons Laramie T.L. Bridges and Anthony Filippone and great-granddaughter Zoe Irene Filippone. He is also survived by his sister Nita Aymond of Dallas, Texas. Dr. Langston was born to Noah Val Langston and Bernice Jones Langston. They moved to Dallas, Texas where he attended North Dallas High after graduation he began college at age 16 . While growing up in Dallas, he also acheived the rank of Eagle Scout in 1945. Dr. Langston attended the University of Texas Austin where he attained a BA in Zoology. He then attended S M U receiving a BA in Psychology. He attaind his MD in 1956 from the University of Texas Medical- Galveston, Texas. His Post-Graduate Internship was done at City of Detroit Receiving Hospital. His Residency was done at University of Texas Galveston Hospitals and Children's Hospital, Southwestern Medical School, Dallas. Dr. Langston served two years as Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at Ft. Richardson, Alaska. In 1960 he and Phyllis met and were married after a 58 day courtship! In 1961 they drove from Dallas to Anchorage where he started his Pediatric Medical Practice. Among other positions, Dr. Langston was Chief of Staff at Anchorage Providence Hospital in 1964 when the 9.2 "Good Friday Alaskan Earthquake" hit. In 1966 Dr. Langston, his wife and three daughters, and two cats drove the Alaskan Highway from Anchorage to Phoenix to start his Pediatric practice. Dr. Langston retired in 2000 after over 40 years of practice. In his travels Dr. Langston visited all 50 states and four continents. He traveled in his four-wheel drive vehicle with his wife, daughters and friends all over the state of Arizona. Even after his first heart attack and quintuple bypass in 1989, he and his Phyllis spent a month in Australia traveling by car, train and airplane. He enjoyed life and commented: "It has been fun...Can we do it again?" Visitation will be at 10 am December 27, 2013 at Messinger Mortuary 8555 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd. with a Service following at 11 am. Burial services will be at the Veteran's Cemetery for family only. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Boy Scouts of America http://aplacetogive.scouting.org/

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Messinger Mortuaries
8555 E. Pinnacle Peak Road Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(480) 502-3378
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Dec. 24, 2013
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