Bruce Donnan White |
December 29, 1934 ~ April, 14 2014
After 79 adventurous years, Dr. Bruce Donnan White passed away on April 14, 2014.
He was born in Salt Lake City on December 29, 1934 to Ernest Atmore White Jr. and Doellamae Donnan White, and grew up with his brother Ernie III and sister Jill in Salt Lake, Provo Canyon, Ogden, Brigham City, Boise, and Spokane.
Bruce attended the University of Utah where he met Shirley Haynes. They married and had four children; Mark, Heidi, Katie and Jennifer. From 1956 through 1959, Bruce flew for the U.S. Air Force. He received basic flight training at Marana Air Force Base in Arizona and Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas. Bruce was proud to have earned both his Air Force and Army wings. Bruce and Shirley moved to Hawaii where he continued to fly in the Air National Guard. He loved to fly an L-19 "low and slow" along the beautiful Hawaiian coastline.
Bruce attended dental school at George Washington University in St. Louis, graduating in 1968. He subsequently established a dental practice in Holladay, Utah, priding himself on providing "gentle touch" and pain free dentistry for 20 years.
Bruce pursued numerous and varied interests, including flying, skiing, scuba diving, opera, fine art, fast cars and motorcycles. He took numerous long distance motorcycle trips with his brother Ernie. Bruce served on the boards of the U of U Fine Arts Department and Utah Multiple Sclerosis Society, and in 1990 was named the 'MS Champion of the Year'. Although diagnosed with MS (1983), and Parkinson's (1993), he was determined to live life to its fullest, and remained energetic and perpetually positive to the very end. Bruce was often spotted speeding around downtown Salt Lake on his Segway en route to meet family and friends.
Bruce met Dana Barrutia in 1992. He was taken with her, and lovingly taken in by her remarkable family. Dana was his spouse, soul mate, and enduring cheerleader for over 20 years.
Bruce is survived by Dana, his two siblings, his four children, their spouses, and 13 adoring grandchildren.
Bruce was fortunate to receive excellent medical care and support from the Veteran's Administration staff and the Applegate Home Care nurses and aides. The family expresses deep gratitude to Bruce's caregiver Jose Galarza, for his compassion and dedication.
A private service to celebrate Bruce will be held for family and friends at a later date. To honor Bruce's love for life and our earth, a tree will be planted in Red Butte Garden.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salt Lake VA Medical Center Hospice Unit.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Apr. 20 to Apr. 27, 2014