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Dr. Eugene "Gene" Farnsworth Pack, DDS, DMD 1916 ~ 2011 Dr. Eugene "Gene" Farnsworth Pack, DDS, DMD, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2011, at the age of 94, of natural causes.Gene Pack was born October 16, 1916, at Ogden, Utah, to Eugene Melvin and Lillis Farnsworth Pack. He attended school in Ogden, graduating from Ogden High School in 1934. He attended the University of Utah, Northwestern University College of Dentistry, and the University of Pittsburgh Dental School for Anesthesiology. He later taught anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh. He served in the United States Navy from1938 until 1945, serving aboard the Air Craft Carrier, USS Copahee, in the Pacific. Gene finished his Navy career as a Lieutenant Commander. Gene married Patricia Langton in 1941 and together they had three sons. The family resided in Salt Lake City, Utah, where Gene began his career as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, a career that spanned five decades. After his retirement, he moved to Lopez Island, WA and lived with his son, David. Following the death of Patricia in 2002, Gene moved to Boise. In Boise, Gene renewed his friendship with Mary Lou Wagner, with whom he had grown up in Ogden. They were married in 2005, at Boise, where they have since resided. Gene was the great-grandson of John Pack, a Utah Pioneer who traveled west with Brigham Young, and who later founded the University of Utah. Gene was also a cousin to Philo Farnsworth, who is credited with the invention of the television. Gene was a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. Gene's hobbies included skiing, playing golf, and boating. During his years on Lopez Island he spent many happy hours boating around the San Juan Islands with his son, David. Gene is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Wagner Pack, son, David Pack and his wife, Michaelann "Mickey" McChrystal, son Richard "Dick" Pack and his wife, Mercedes, and step-daughter Candace Lambuth and her husband, Doug, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grand-children. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Patricia, his son, Robert Pack, and his brother, Franklin Farnsworth Pack. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 23, at Saint Michael's Episcopal Cathedral, 8th and State Streets, Boise. Services are under the direction of Bowman Funeral Home. The family would like to thank the members of XL Hospice and Advanced Home Care for their kind and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to a favorite charity.

Published in Salt Lake Tribune on June 21, 2011
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