Michael H. Whitworth
1942 - 2021
Moore Funeral Home - Southlawn Chapel
9350 E. 51st
Tulsa, OK
Michael H. Whitworth, D.O.

Michael H. Whitworth, D.O., passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2021, after a brief illness. Born in Soda Springs, Idaho, on September 28, 1942, Mike was the third of seven children born to Herb and Ann Whitworth. Mike was raised on a farm and ranch in the Kelly Toponce area in Idaho, where he learned the values of hard work and dedication to his faith and family. Following his graduation from North Gem High School, Mike served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany. Upon his return to Idaho, he married the love of his life, Sheila Allsop. Mike and Sheila began their journey together, when they were married in the Salt Lake City Temple on September 16, 1964. Mike attended Utah State University, graduating in 1967. Following his graduation, he, Sheila and their young son, Jeff, moved to Kansas City, where he attended the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery and they welcomed their second child, Andra. After finishing school in 1971, Mike, Sheila and their young family moved to Tulsa, where their youngest child, Brandon, was born. In Tulsa, Mike completed an internship and general surgery residency at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital and embarked on his career as a surgeon and educator. Mike's love and compassion for his patients was legendary, as was his concern for the young physicians who trained under him. He was a skilled surgeon who was known by his colleagues and resident physicians as a patient and generous physician – except for occasions in the operating room, where he was known by some as "the bear". He served on numerous hospital committees and national committees related to the education and training of residents. He also received several awards over the years, including the A.T. Still Award of Excellence from the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association in 2010, the Distinguished Osteopathic Surgeon Award from the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons in 2011 and the 2017 Outstanding Physician Award from the Osteopathic Founders Foundation. Mike never lost his love of the West, and in his retirement, he and Sheila loved to travel with Sheila's sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Jim Twiss. Mike particularly loved driving through the mountains and small towns in the area where he was raised. His family loved it, when they could join him and hear the stories of his younger days as a "cowboy" on the ranch. Mike was a fine example of a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Preceded in death by parents, Herb and Ann; and siblings, Carolyne Eliason and Brad Whitworth. Survived by his wife, Sheila; children, Jeff and Rosie Whitworth, Andra Whitworth and Brandon and Lisa Whitworth; grandchildren, Ryan, Kevin, Wes, Tristen, Alexa and Sam Whitworth; siblings, Thelma Lee and Dick Henson, Wes and Jan Whitworth, Martha Dalton, Mark and Mary Whitworth, Kelly Whitworth and Gerald Eliason; and numerous other family and friends. A memorial service is planned for September 24 at 10:30 a.m. at the LDS Church, 3640 S. New Haven Ave., Tulsa, OK 74135. Due to the COVID pandemic, masks will be required and an option to attend the service remotely will be disseminated by the family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Osteopathic Founders Foundation – General Surgery Fund in Mike's name.
Published by Tulsa World on Sep. 5, 2021.
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Mike and my Dad were cousins, but also the greatest of friends. Our families shared a lot of special times together, especially when we all lived close to each other in the mid-70´s. I´ve always enjoyed my talks with Mike & Sheila at family gatherings. Mike always had time to ask how life was going, genuinely listened with interest, and was always so warm and supportive. He was truly such a special soul, and it´s been amazing to read how warmly he´s regarded by so many people, both in his professional as well as his personal life. Mike´s daughter, Andra, and I have continued on the tradition our Dads started - cousins & greatest of friends - for decades now. I´m grateful to Mike & my Dad, George Millward, for leading by example, and to Mike & Sheila for raising such great kids! I wish peace, love and comfort to Sheila, the Kids and Grandkids, and extended family and friends, and I appreciate, like so many other seem to, the positive influence Mike has had in my and my family´s life.
Michelle R. Millward
September 23, 2021
Dr Whitworth was very special. He did surgery on my twin boys and mother-in-law. His kind, caring, compassionate heart as well as skilled medical talents were top notch. I worked with him at hospital as a nurse and he always treated everyone with kindness and respect. Patients and staff loved him. He will always be remembered and I send my deepest sorrow and condolences to his family for their loss.
Beverly saffell
September 23, 2021
I just read about the memorial service and I am remembering a wonderful friend who once rescued me in an emergency. Mike got me into the hospital and Sheila took care of my children in the middle of a night long ago, and I have never forgotten their kindness. Mike was not only a kind friend to my family, but as Marie mentioned, an example of integrity.
Jo Ellen Worrall Fletcher
September 21, 2021
As a nephew by the same name, I knew I had big shoes to fill, and my uncle was an awesome inspiration for a career in medicine. I will never forget that proud moment when he placed the hood over my head at the graduation ceremony, and the month I spent with my aunt and uncle in school. I still remember complaining about a tough night shift in the ER, looking for a sympathetic ear, and he simply looked at me and said, "you have to suck it up now, you´re a doctor!" He was right, and I did...and had some laughs thereafter...but it was that month that I realized just how well respected he was and how many lives he touched with his gifted hands. You will be missed uncle, but never forgotten. Michael W Whitworth
Michael Whitworth
September 20, 2021
So sorry to hear of Dr. Whitworth´s passing. He and Dr. Jackson took care of my 4 daughters appendectomies and tonsillectomies and various other surgical issues for our family and we treasured both he and Dr. Jackson. Prayers for the family
Pennie Woolsey
September 6, 2021
Mike Whitworth is the best human being I have ever known. It was such a privilege to be an employee of his for many years. I adored, respected and loved him so much. I thank the Lord every day for his example of integrity. I am going to miss him every day of my life.
Marie Duke
September 6, 2021
I am saddened by Mike's passing. He was one of my closest cousins when we grew up together. He was one of the most humbling men to be around. He was that way as he was growing up and was that way the last time I was able to sit and visit with He and Sheila. I loved this man and will miss the occasional visits that we were able to have.
Michael W Millward
September 5, 2021
An outstanding physician who helped so many. A thoughtful, kind friend always. We will miss so much his warm smile and caring personality. Rest In Peace, Michael.
Jay & Julia Back
September 2, 2021
Words are hard to find in this loss of a great surgeon, physician and person. He saved my life by doing my surgery on one early New Year's Day. Dr. Whitworth and Dr. S. Pu (Surgery Resident) and Dr. Gibbons (Anesthesiologist) were my doctors that morning. As a Registered Nurse and patient, I always had the greatest respect for him. We lost a great man and Physician. Rest in Peace Sir.
Carole Brasfield
August 31, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss of Dr. Whitworth. He was a wonderful man and great surgeon. I will always be grateful for his contribution to my medical education and training and the care he provided to my patients. He will be greatly missed.
David and Phyllis Morris
August 30, 2021
Thought so much of Mike and he was always a shining figure whenever we would meet. Know you will miss him very much. Our prayers for all of you.
Richard and Linda Polk
August 29, 2021
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