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Dr. Dwayne Cecil Savage


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Dr. Dwayne Cecil Savage Obituary
Dr. Dwayne Cecil Savage, 81, of Eagle, Idaho, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at a Boise hospital from heart and kidney failure, following surgeries for spinal stenosis.  
Dwayne was born August 8, 1934 In Arco, Idaho, the oldest of three sons and one daughter of Cecil and Pearl Maynard Savage. He attended schools in Aberdeen, Idaho, graduating as Valedictorian from Aberdeen High School in 1952. Although Dwayne was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, he elected to attend the Naval ROTC Program at the University of Idaho. While there, Dwayne served as Director of the Navy Honor Guard and Naval Drill Team. In 1956, Dwayne graduated Magna Cum Laude in Microbiology (Life Science) from the University of Idaho.
Following his graduation, in September of 1956, Dwayne continued his Naval career on a destroyer stationed in Long Beach, California. He served as Damage Control Officer, then as Engineering Officer on the naval warship, Samuel N Moore DD747 until August 1959.
On February 14, 1957, Dwayne married his high school sweetheart, Norma Jean Bradley Savage. They made their home in Long Beach where Jean taught school while Dwayne served on the Moore for the next three years. Their first son, Marco Dwayne, was born in Long Beach in 1958.
In 1959, after completing his tour with the Navy, Dwayne and family moved to Berkeley, California, where he enrolled in graduate school in Microbiology at the University of California. Their second son, Clark Bradley, was born in Berkeley in 1962. 
Dwayne graduated with High Honors from Berkeley and worked at the University until he was awarded a position to conduct postdoctoral research at Rockefeller University in 1965 with prominent professor, Dr. Rene Dubois. Dr. Dubois was highly respected for his life-long research and he directed and inspired Dwayne's research focus to that of Diseases of the Digestive System and other gut related issues. 
In 1969, the Savages moved to Austin, Texas where Dwayne became Assistant Professor of Microbiology at the University of Texas. During the summer of 1972, the family spent two months in Denver so Dwayne could participate in research in the gastrointestinal unit at the University of Colorado Medical Center, focusing on gall-bladder disease. At that time, the American Southwestern Indians were dying in large numbers from gall-bladder issues. 
The family moved to Urbana, Illinois in 1972, where Dwayne took a position as Professor of Microbiology at the University of Illinois. According to Dwayne's specifications, the University restructured their medical lab facilities to become a prominent germ-free research lab at Burrell Hall, Urbana-Champaign. In 1974, Dwayne received the "Golden Apple" award from medical students for excellent teaching. Professor Savage transferred from the School of Basic Medical Sciences into the School of Life Sciences, filling the position responsible for pathogenic microbiology. He was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Dwayne and Dr. Daniel Bloomfield worked to establish the curriculum and facilities for a new medical school at the University, Morrill Hall.
In July of 1988, Dwayne and his family moved to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he was a Professor and Head of the Microbiology Department which included faculty from the colleges of Liberal Arts and Veterinary Medicine. As an eminent intestinal microbiologist, he dedicated his career to physiological and molecular-based systematic studies of the commensal microbiota, and was considered one of the most prominent and instrumental global experts in the field. 
As Dwayne progressed through each move of his professional career, Jean was by his side and taught school at schools located in each area. In July of 2002, they left their careers in Knoxville, retiring, and moving to be close to their son Clark, and their grandchildren, Nicholas and Rebecca. In 2008, Jean and Dwayne moved to their second retirement home in Eagle, Idaho, closer to their son, Marco, his wife, Janet, and extended family members.
Dwayne's love for academics, particularly research and working with graduate students, never diminished. As a scholar, he was known worldwide and worked in many countries with colleagues in furthering their research efforts. Dwayne was the recipient of many awards from British, Japanese, Korean, German, and French Microbiological Societies. He and Jean traveled extensively and met friends around the globe.  
Dwayne's work ethic, whether it was moving pipe or bucking hay as a young man, or furthering knowledge in Microbiology in his academic life, was second to none. His pride and joy were his sons, their families and especially his grandchildren, as he and Jean helped to mold them to become the people they are. Dwayne was exceedingly proud of his grandson Nicholas, who is an exemplary pianist and a Nano-Molecular Engineer, and his granddaughter, Rebecca, who has traveled the world to help her become a more knowledgeable teacher. Nothing was more important to him than his legacy of family. 
Dwayne and Jean were sweethearts for 64 years and were married for 59 years. Their love for each other will endure beyond death.
Dwayne was an avid stamp collector; he enjoyed writing and reading poetry, especially poetry by Robert Burns. He enjoyed listening to music, especially Beethoven and that of his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Norma Jean Bradley Savage; his sons, Marco (Janet) Savage and Clark (Stacia Hastings) Savage of Alpharetta, Georgia; grandson, Nicholas Savage, Cleveland, OH;  and granddaughter, Rebecca Savage of Alpharetta, Georgia; brothers Derrell (LuAnn) Savage of Layton, Utah,  Ron (Kaye) Savage of Springfield, Idaho; and one sister, Donna Savage of Pocatello, Idaho; brothers-in-law, Robert (Kathie) Bradley of Blackfoot, ID and Barry (Judy) Bradley of Springfield, Idaho; and sisters-in-law Diane (Les) Stith of Boise and JoAnn Bradley of Jerome.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot, Idaho. Burial will follow at the Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, Idaho. Condolences may be sent to the family online atwww.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dwayne's name to , 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Local Humane Associations.
The family would like to thank Ron and Trude Cutchin of Eagle, for their friendship and care; and the Staff at St. Luke's Hospitals, and Dr. Catherine Reynolds for their care.
Published in The Morning News on May 26, 2016
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