Stuart T. May
1953 - 2017
FitzHenry-Wiefels Palm Desert Mortuary
73-700 Dinah Shore Drive Suite 303
Palm Desert, CA
Stuart T. May

August 09,1953 - January 22,2017

Stuart T. May, 63, of Indian Wells, CA passed away suddenly on January 22, 2017. Stuart was born in Franklin, LA to Julia and Thayer May. Stuart graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor's degree in Science in 1979. He went on to receive his Medical Degree, Internship and Residency from LSU completing them in 1984. Stuart then completed his fellowship training in Interventional Radiology at UC-San Diego in 1990. After his fellowship, Stuart moved to Rancho Mirage and began his career at Eisenhower Medical Center. Stuart was the Director of the Vascular and Interventional Radiology Department at Eisenhower where he helped develop one of the first aortic stent graft programs in Southern California. In 2001 Stuart established one of the first virtual colonoscopy programs in the nation and helped in the development of the first FDA approved 3-D virtual colonoscopy system with the Viatronix Corporation. In 2003, Stuart started the first MRI Breast Cancer Detection program in the Coachella Valley, one of only several in the country at that time. Stuart began working at Desert Medical Imaging in 2008 where he helped establish one of the first outpatient MRI-guided prostate biopsy and laser centers in the world. Stuart was an incredible physician who served his community with both passion and compassion. As an interventional radiologist, he literally touched thousands of lives over his years of dedicated service. Stuart's involvement in the medical community was far-reaching and he was always available to assist with patient care.

Stuart's life was complete with his 5 beautiful children, Sadie (20), Tad (19), Mason (17), Molly (13) and Savana (13). His children gave him purpose, laughter and unrelenting joy. They will miss his unconditional love and support but carry with them precious memories of family time spent together and private moments of guidance and encouragement. Stuart was an amazing father and a great patriot who loved being outdoors. His desire for his children was that they would experience all the great things in life that God provides and that one day they would find their own passions; he believed that would bring them true happiness. Stuart was also an avid runner completing numerous ultra-marathons and Ironman events. Stuart, his wife Cheryl, and his children were regulars on the Bump and Grind trail and consistently showed their support of the community by participating in various charity walks and runs. Stuart felt truly blessed to be surrounded by the beautiful mountains and clear blue sky of the Coachella valley, which he never took for granted.

Stuart is predeceased by his parents, Julia and Thayer May and his sister, Patricia May O'Niell. Stuart is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Cheryl May, his brother Tad May (Beth), nephews, Clark O'Niell, Collin May (Emily), Lexington May (Paige). He is also survived by his uncle Dr. F.R. May and aunt, Marilyn Duke.

There will be a public viewing for friends and family at Wiefels and Sons Mortuary, 690 South Vella Rd, Palm Springs on Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. On Monday, January 30, 2017 a mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, 43775 Deep Canyon Dr, Palm Desert at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Stuart may be made to Xavier College Prep at 34200 Cook Street, Palm Desert, CA 92211 in the name of "May Family Tuition Assistance Fund".

Published by The Desert Sun on Jan. 27, 2017.
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I knew Stuart before he chose to go in to Radiology. I worked for an orthopedic group he spent tome with. One of the most genuine people I had the honor of saying I knew. Many sweet memories of how he made me feel I was worth knowing also
April 19, 2019
Met Dr May when he was in medical school , we used to work out together . Great guy , athlete, !!
Dudley Brumfield
July 12, 2017
I love and miss you dad. Could not have asked for a better dad. Thinking of you!
Molly May
May 22, 2017
Drove down from Nevada to see Dr. May today for an appt. We first started seeing him in 2001 at the Palm Desert office. We were extremely saddened to hear the sudden loss of this fine Dr. He helped so many by just his innovated medical delivery, we can hardly imagine the emptiness the family must feel. Our condolences are extended. Harry and Daphne
Harry Rasmussen
March 7, 2017
Best Father Ever! He will be missed. We love you daddy!! #stuforever
Savana May
February 13, 2017
Stuart was the most competitive athlete I knew. He had great energy and an attitude that was infectious. He was always happy and smiling. My thoughts go out to his family and every life he touched. Stuart you will be missed.
Susan Sabella
February 6, 2017
Astrid Jastremski
February 1, 2017
Hearts and hugs to all who were related to Dr. may. He was a great addition to the Coachella valley family of physicians.
Dick and Rosemary Fausel
January 31, 2017
It is with shock and the deepest sadness that Liz and I learned of Stuart's passing today. He and I joined the medical staff at Eisenhower Medical Center at nearly the same time in 1998. I have never worked with a kinder, skilled and dedicated physician in my career. He took care of many of our cancer patients with passion and extraordinary talent. Each patient raved of his sincere caring and genuine humanness during their IR procedure. He will be deeply missed - - and at the same time highly admired - - by the medical community of the desert valley.

Liz and I remember Cheryl having her first two babies while we were having ours. He spoke with me so often of his love for his family and his profession. Humility, a trait often hard to find, was so much apart of Dr May.

We extend our love and condolence to Cheryl and his children. In this time of terrible grief, remember what a passionate and loving husband/father he was to all of you. And you will have that forever.

I will miss knowing you Stuart. You were truly a consummate physician in every way. See you on the other side.

Dr and Mrs Rick Polkinghorn

Falmouth, Maine
Rick and Liz Polkinghorn
January 31, 2017
Dr. Stuart May was a talented, compassionate colleague that showed kindness and expertise in all his interaction with patients.
LSU Health Shreveport Department of Radiology will remember him with love and pride for his legacy.
Horacio D'Agostino, MD FACR FSIR
Professor and Chairman
LSU Health Shreveport
Horacio D'Agostino
January 30, 2017
My heart, soul and deepest condolences go out to Cheryl and all of the family. I hope you can find peace in all the wonderful memories you have shared together. Sending you all love and hugs during these difficult times. God bless you all.
Michele Lulow
January 30, 2017
Stuart was truly one of the best friends I have ever had. I will remember him with joy and will always consider myself blessed to have known him.
Michael Wilson
January 29, 2017
January 29, 2017
Stuart, Great Doctor, Husband, Father, and friend. We will miss him very much. God Bless.

Michael March
January 29, 2017
Stuart is greatly missed! He was always so positive friendly and helpful. I always appreciated his expertise in radiology when I had a question about a test or patient situation. His enthusiasm for the outdoors and healthy living was so evident in his smile and energy. It was clear that he loved his family and was such a great father and supporter for all the kids at Sacred Heart and Xavier. We also enjoyed discussing sports and politics with you. Many prayers for your beautiful family.
Anette and Chris McGowan
January 28, 2017
Stuart was a great friend that always gave encouragement and love to not only me but to everyone he met. He was a great man and doctor.
I will miss you and Cheryl running bump and grind.
Big Hugs and Love Stuart. Colleen
January 27, 2017
Stuart was an amazing and thoughtful physician, but most importantly a great friend. Always willing to share his extensive medical knowledge or just a smile. Stuart we all miss your happy voice, which still rings in my head... almost daily you would come to my office always greeting me with that bright " Hey Rick". Rest in Peace my Friend.
Rick, Julie & Kevin Jervis
Rick Jervis
January 27, 2017
Doctor May was a dedicated physician who will be a greatly missed. Our condolences to the family.
Ken and Terri Harris
January 27, 2017
I am deeply sorrowed to hear of the passing of Dr. May. I had the privilege of serving alongside him in his work and have been witness to his commitment to excellence and patient care. I also had great respect for the love he had of his family. He will be greatly missed.

I am in prayer for his family and loved ones. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted (Matthew 5:4). Our Lord heals the brokenhearted (Psalm 147:3).
Kelly Abeyratne-Wysard
January 27, 2017
I'm so grateful to have spend time with Stuart, Cheryl, Janice and Rose on Mother's Day last year and many other occasions too. It was a treat to be in his company, such a gentle kind soul with a welcoming smile. A man to be admired and greatly missed.
Gay Bayless
January 27, 2017
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