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Jan Scussel Freeman M.D.


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Jan Scussel Freeman M.D. Obituary
Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Jan Scussel Freeman, returned to his Heavenly Father on April 3, 2015, in Bountiful, Utah following a 16-year battle with cancer in which he bravely and insistently continued to enjoy life to the fullest.
On November 18, 1940, Jan was born to Ralph Waldo Freeman, M.D. and Lena Kathryn Scussel in Fillmore, Utah. He married Gayle Ann Weston on September 5, 1964 in the Manti Temple. They celebrated 50 years of love and devotion in 2014. Jan and Gayle have three children and 12 grandchildren, one of which is serving in the Washington Federal Way Mission.
Jan was an Eagle Scout and was selected to represent Utah at the Nippon World Scout Jamboree in Japan. He attended Boys Nation, was recipient of the Sterling Scholar Award, and a High School All-American football player. Jan was also a member of the first little league baseball team in the state of Utah, which was featured in the July 1999 issue of Sports Illustrated.
In 1966, Jan graduated from the University of Utah's College of Medicine, completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine and General Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgery. He served as Director of the Intermountain Organ Bank at the University of Utah from 1971-1972. From 1972-1974, Jan served as a surgeon in the U.S. Army at Fort Dix, New Jersey as a commissioned Major. In 1974, he was honorably discharged from military assignment and returned with his family to Utah where he worked as an Associate Professor at the University of Utah's School of Medicine. In 1976, Jan began a private practice in General Surgery, in Bountiful, Utah. Jan was also instrumental in implementing emergency medical services in South Davis County. During his 37 years of service at Lakeview Hospital, he found great happiness in caring for numerous patients, performing thousands of surgeries, and forming cherished friendships. Jan served on many medical boards and associations. Following retirement in 2007, he continued to assist in surgery, and was a physician for three wound clinics located throughout the valley.
Jan touched the lives of everyone he met and had a genuine concern for his patients, employees and colleagues. Jan also found great joy during his 22 years of serving in the Boy Scouts of America where he molded the lives of hundreds of young men who affectionately referred to him as "Doc." Jan loved the outdoors, and loved backpacking and skiing with his children, grandchildren, friends and brothers. Jan had a resolute testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and a love of Church History. He served as physician for the wonderful missionaries in the Family and Church History Headquarters Mission of the LDS Church. Jan also served with his loving wife in the Bountiful Temple. Jan did not define himself by his achievements or by his profession, but rather by the way he treated others and the kind of example he was for his family and friends. Above all, he was devoted to his loving wife and family who are grateful for his undeviating legacy of faith, love and service.
Survived by his wife Gayle Weston Freeman, children Richard S. (Heidi), Jennifer (Jeremy) Cottle, David J. (Kristen) and 12 beautiful grandchildren. Jan is also survived by a brother Jay C. (Emma) Freeman. Jan was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph Waldo Freeman and Lena Kathryn Freeman, and brother, Ralph Joseph Freeman. Jan's family expresses thanks to all of the doctors, nurses, hospice staff, wonderful friends, neighbors and ward members who have shared their love and support to Jan and to our family.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on April 11, 2015 at the Mueller Park Stake Center located at 1800 E. Mueller Park Rd., Bountiful, Utah. A viewing will be held on Friday evening, April 10, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Russon Bros. Mortuary, 295 N. Main St., Bountiful, Utah and before the funeral services from 9:45-10:45 am at the Mueller Park Stake Center. Interment will follow the services at the Bountiful City Cemetery 2224 S 200 W, Bountiful, UT. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the LDS Church Perpetual Education Fund in Jan's name. A more comprehensive life sketch can be found at www.russonmortuary.com.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Apr. 9, 2015
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