Dr. R. Celdon Lewis|
1922 ~ 2013
R. Celdon Lewis, age 91, passed away December 6, 2013, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He was born on March 18, 1922, in Oak City, Utah, to Nathan Martin Lewis and Maggie Ann Jacobson. He was the only boy in a family with four sisters. The older girls were excited to finally have a brother who could carry on the Lewis name. The family lived in Payson during most of their years together before moving to Springville for Celdon's senior year, where he graduated from Springville High School in 1940.
Celdon spent one quarter at BYU and then worked for a period of time at the Defense Depot in Ogden. In 1943 he joined the Navy and served a tour of duty as an electronic technician's mate in the Philippine Islands during World War II.
Celdon married Rosalie Robison of Provo in the Salt Lake Temple on June 7, 1950. After graduating from BYU that same year with a bachelor's degree in Geology, Celdon attended graduate school at Oregon State University and at the University of Minnesota where he received his master's degree in Geology in 1953.
Although Celdon enjoyed teaching geology at BYU and his summer field studies, he decided to change careers and enrolled in dental school at the University of California at San Francisco. After an extra year for orthodontic training, he graduated with his D.D.S. degree in 1962 at age 40.
Dr. Lewis set up his orthodontic practice in downtown Provo. He later moved to the medical center near 1200 N. University Avenue. During the second half of his orthodontic career, he traveled monthly to Moab to serve patients from all over southeastern Utah. He enjoyed both the technical and the artistic aspects of orthodontics. He received great satisfaction from patients who would come to him years later and thank him for the changes he had made in their lives.
Celdon was preceded in death by his wife, Rosalie, and his sisters, Thora Johnson, Lola Simmons, Ione Heaps, and Colleen Parker. He is survived by his three children, Ann Marie (Blaine, deceased) Christensen of South Jordan, UT; David (Ilene) Lewis of Murray, UT; and Bradford (Sheila) Lewis of Cedar City, UT; 11 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be on Saturday, December 14th, at 11:00 a.m. at Jenkins-Soffe South Valley, 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway, with a viewing Friday from 7:00-8:30 p.m. and for one hour prior to the service. Interment, Provo Cemetery.
Online condolences may be shared at www.jenkins-soffe.com
Published in Deseret News on Dec. 12, 2013