D. A. "Doc" Osguthorpe
D. A. "Doc" Osguthorpe 1920 ~ 2009 Veterinarian, steward of the land, philanthropist, businessman, and husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, D. A. "Doc" Osguthorpe, D.V.M., died June 8, 2009, surrounded by family, at his home. He will be remembered for his positive attitude, his great sense of humor, friendly demeanor and passion. He lived his life in ways that provided extraordinary and practical examples of how agriculture and recreation can be combined to create a healthier environment. At the time of his death, D.A was active in the family business enterprises, which included farming, livestock, veterinary medicine and recreation. He was born in Blackfoot, Idaho, October 12, 1920, to Delbert and Pearl Hawkins Osguthorpe. His family moved to Utah, and D.A. grew up in the east Millcreek area and attended Granite High School. He attended Utah State University for one year before enrolling at the Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University) Professional Veterinary Medical Program to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine. While at Colorado State, he worked odd jobs to help pay his tuition, including sweeping the music building, raising and lowering the flag on campus, and working in the chemistry laboratories. He married Afton Silver on August 25, 1941, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Upon graduation from vet school in 1943, D.A. returned to Utah to open a veterinary practice in Holladay. His practice included treating horses, dairy cows, cattle and sheep. He soon found a demand for treating horses and mules used in mining in the Park City area. During this time, he recognized the potential for Park City to become like Estes Park, Colorado. With that in mind, he purchased five ranches around Park City from 1945 to 1951. One of these purchases, was a dairy farm owned by the Daniel McPolin estate - the property with the recognizable white barn on the way into Park City. D.A. increased the dairy herd to 100 and built a milking parlor. D.A. operated the dairy until 1992 when UDOT purchased the dairy farm to widen the highway. The old white barn is listed on the National Historic Registry. D.A. expanded his livestock operations to Juab and Millard counties. He was a private pilot and used his twin engine in his practice to travel in the western states. In 1967, D.A. was instrumental in diagnosing the death of thousands of sheep in Skull Valley and represented the ranchers against the U.S. Army in the poisoning of sheep with nerve gas. He testified before Congress and was instrumental in the recovery of damages. His wife, Afton Silver died October 6, 1989. Shortly after, he established the Afton Silver Osguthorpe Memorial Scholarship at Colorado State University in her memory and to lend a hand to today's students. D.A married June Okland Cockrell on January 7, 1992. Together they traveled and enjoyed many happy times. D.A. served on the Weber River Water Rights Committee for 27 years, currently as chairman. He was a member of Sugar House Rotary Club. He was a High Priest in the Cottonwood 14th Ward in the Cottonwood Stake. He received the Colorado State University Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999, as an acknowledgment for his 55 years in private practice. The college recognized him as champion of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and an outstanding alumni who had contributed to or brought honor to Colorado State through personal and professional achievement and service to the university and community. Despite the changing of the times from agricultural land use to recreation, D.A. found ways to make the multiple-land uses work. In summer months, livestock graze near Park City on The Canyons Ski Resort that is operated on Osguthorpe land. He researched the benefits and problems associated with cutting the timber and maintained strict control to prevent erosion. He was an ultimate steward of the land and he received recognition. In 2004, he received the Forest Landowner of the Year award from the Utah Association of Conservation Districts. In 2005, he received the Utah Farm Bureau Federation Farm Stewardship Award. He was a finalist for the Leopold Conservation Award in 2007, from the Sand County Foundation, in collaboration with Utah Farm Bureau Federation and the Utah Cattlemen's Assoc. American Cowboy magazine launched the National Day of the American Cowboy to recognize individuals who have contributed to the Western culture in America. D.A. was acknowledged as one of these cowboys as Ogden Pioneer Days Honorary Cowboys for 2008. He is survived by his wife June; children, Sue Ann (Marion H. deceased) Larsen, Salt Lake City; Stephen Avaron (Vickie) Osguthorpe, Park City; Dr. Jerry Silver Osguthorpe, Salt Lake City; Karen (Marc) Brown, Castle Rock, Colorado; Tamra (Fred) Wunderli, John (Shauneen) Cockrell, Colette (Wayne) Olsen, all of Salt Lake City; 25 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; sisters Darlene (Maurice) Lyon, Escondido, California; and Carol Marie (Boyd) Harper, Pleasant Grove, Utah. Preceded in death by parents, Delbert and Pearl Hawkins Osguthorpe; first wife, Afton Silver; sister Helen Viall; brother Clarence Osguthorpe; and son-in-law Marion H. Larsen. Thank you for the loving care he received from Dr. Chakravarthy Reddy and Dr. Malcolm Berenson and nurse, Christi Christensen. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 12th at noon at the Cottonwood 14th Ward Chapel, 2080 East 5165 South, Salt Lake City, Utah. Friends and relatives may call Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. prior to services at the church. Interment immediately following the service at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah. Online condolences can be left at www.mem.com
Published by The Salt Lake Tribune from Jun. 10 to Jun. 11, 2009.
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Dear June and Jerry and all the family.
Av was a dear friend and mentor from the time as a teen-ager I fainted in the Highland Drive office when he lanced an abscess on my cocker spaniel's paw. Then we spent many wonderful years together in Sugar House Rotary. A terrific example of service for so many during his lifetime. We are so sorry that we were in England for the Rotary International Convention when he passed. That was a funeral that I deeply regret missing. Many thanks for sixty years of great memories.
Wally Brown
July 3, 2009
Karen and Marc,
I was so sorry to learn of the passing of your father. Julie has many fond memories of him and June and the time she spent with Monica in their home. They were always so welcoming. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Linda Airmet
June 17, 2009
I Know Monica Johnson (through my cousin in law- she is married to Joel my cousin's brother in law) Sorry if that confused anyone. Anyhow i have met monica about 3 years ago! i just wanted to write and express my condolences for the loss to your family. Please know your loved one is where he needs to be.
Heidi Richhart
June 15, 2009
Dear Jerry and Family:

We were so sorry to hear about the passing of your father.

Our family certainly has great memories about the times that he would come to the Ranch to help dad with the horses. It is definitely an era gone by and one of which I miss.

Thank you personally Jerry, for all that you do now to help with our needs. I'm certain that your father is proud of all of your accomlishments.

We pray that you will be comforted at this sorrowful and reflective time.

Georgie Eskelson Lewis and family
Georgie Lewis
June 12, 2009
Jerry and Family,

Our family is so sorry about the loss of your father, mentor, and soft spoken hero in our eyes. What a kind man with a wealth of knowledge that is simply far beyond our grasp. I feel we have all lost a legend, but there is no doubt in my mind your family will carry on the legacy your Dad has left for you. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Coleen Bonathan
June 12, 2009
June, Please know that our prayers are with at this sad time. We love and appreciate so much all of the things that you and Av have done for us all.

Jess and Verna Humphries
June 12, 2009
To the Osguthorpe Family,

One of my most distinct memories was whenever I would ask Doc how he was doing, he would always reply, "Just gettin' by". As I got to know him and his family I came to realize that was a huge understatement. He did much more than just get by and he achieved so much in his life. He was proud of his family as he should be.

My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

With love,

Melanie Rockhill
Melanie Rockhill
June 11, 2009
Could you spare $.50 cents for a glass of milk? I havent had anything to eat for 3 days! Wish I could see you one more time, since you are and were "ONE OF A KIND." The last day we were together, I said "I LOVE YOU DOC" and sincerely meant it. We will meet again someday at the sheep herd.

Bruce E. Nielson Producers Livestock Salina, Ut.
June 11, 2009
Dear Steve and Vickie,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I can remember "Doc" at the meeting always teasing me - what a wonderful man. He had such a great sense of humor.

Ted and my prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

Jackie Cooley
June 11, 2009
Dear Steve & Vickie:
I was sadden to hear of your loss and I always had the highest respect for your dad & late Grandpaw. My friend Randy of SLC forwarded this sad information on to me. I am the Hawaiian guy that was allowed to hunt on your property. Just moved back from Hawaii.
Keith G Sakai
June 11, 2009
To the Osguthorpe Family,

I remember seeing Doc at many football games cheering on the boys. I wish you all peace in knowing that he is in a good place and now your guardian angel. May time heal your hearts until you meet again.
Krysti and Braxton Peretti
June 11, 2009
Steve, Vickie, and children,
We are sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kip, Karen, Glen, Melisa, and Melinda Ekker
June 11, 2009
Jerry So sorry to her about your dad. He was a great vet. My thoughts and prays are with you at this time.
Leda - Kevin Davis
June 11, 2009
It's been a lot of years since I have seen you. My brother & I (son's of Clifton Stillman) on occassion stopped by to pick up lift tickets for the old Park West many years ago. I just wanted to extend my condelences and extend my best wishes.
Brian Stillman
June 11, 2009
To Jerry,
I was your 2nd Grade teacher, and remember how much you admired your dad. I also remember how smart you were. Do you remember that one of our spelling words was veterinarian? I am sorry about the passing of your dad, this is a difficult time for you all, but he has left you a wonderful legacy.
Suzanne Johnston
Danville, CA
Suzanne Johnston
June 10, 2009
Vickie and Stephan, I am sorry for your loss. May God heal your hearts. ( i worked with you, Vickie, at the middle school for a year)
Susan Johnson
June 10, 2009
Jerry and family,

We were so sorry to hear about the passing of your wonderful father. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. And we also want to thank you for the wonderful service you give to us as clients.

The Becker family - Don, Peggy, Daunna, and our four-legged friends - Buddy, Stewie, Georgio and Bessie.
Daunna Becker
June 10, 2009
My prayers are with all the family. I will always remember how many times Dr. Osguthorpe helped my dad with our animals: horses, dogs, etc. He was a gentle man who cared about others and it showed in his actions and words.
Carol Hockin
June 10, 2009
A great man who knew what was right and did it. He took care of dads Edgemount Farm horses when I was young. He was a good friend to our family. He os off on another mission. Best wishes and condolences to his family.
Maynard Sorensen
June 10, 2009
To Doc's Family:
What a legacy he has left for you all. If you didn't know Doc very well, you would have never guessed at the size and softness of his heart. I always enjoyed talking with Doc about a host of things. He had such a wealth of knowledge to share. I never asked him how he was doing that he did not tell me, "just barely getting by". That, of course was not true and we both knew it. He had such foresight and vision; he was an example to all of us.
God bless you all to live up this legacy and to carry it on with future generations. Our hearts go out to you at this time for your great loss. Take comfort in the eternal nature of the family.
Tom & Mary Bingham
June 10, 2009
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