Daddy, David, Dr. Bone, died on Friday, October 21st 2011. He was 68 years "young", and we imagine that is why he decided to stargaze from his roof top that evening,ultimately resulting in a tragic fall.
David was born on February 15, 1943 to Earl Franklin Bone and Anita Brown in Texarkana, Arkansas. He spent his youth in Ashdown, enjoying a carefree, simple, small town life with his parents and siblings, Johnny and Sarah. By age 12 David was racing cars on country roads, finding innovative ways to make his car go faster. He helped construct the local paper mill, and worked with his father at Waltrips, the family's dry goods store. He graduated from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and received a Medical Degree from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. During his college years, David spent three summers working in Yellowstone as a fishing guide. Some of his happiest times were spent there and he often told us fun and wild stories of his adventures, including being stiffed by Lawrence Welk, who gave him a pen instead of a wad of cash.
In 1970, David met Carolyn Ann Ewell and they were married that same year. Shortly after marrying, they moved to the Alps of Germany and David became a Major, working as a physician on U.S. Army bases in Berchtesgarten and Bamberg. With their two oldest children in tow, David and Carolyn traversed Europe. After falling in love with the mountains, David decided to continue his career in Utah, where he completed a residency in Psychiatry and began a 30 year career as a psychiatrist. The bulk of his career was spent at Valley Mental Health, where he was committed to treating people living with mental illness - and his patients truly loved him. He also spent over 20 years traveling to Four Corners Mental Health Clinic in Price, UT. He completed his career working in private practice for several years, and retired in 2008.
David was an avid reader, debater, and popper of children's fingers and toes. He was a licensed pilot and his children spent much of their youth flying in his Cessna Skyline 182 back to Arkansas to visit the two grandmothers, to Colorado where Uncle Johnny would provide family dental care, and to California for simple family trips. He was highly skilled with his hands and could craft anything from picture frames to wooden decks. He had plans to build a wooden boat and purchased the floor for a yurt to be placed in the wilderness for his youngest daughter. He had a remarkable passion for speed and owned (and crashed) several fine motorcycles. David will be remembered for living his life on the edge, following his heart, and for his overwhelming generosity and true kindness. He loved his children and grandchildren exceedingly and provided a life filled with opportunity. One of his greatest priorities was their happiness.
David is survived by Carolyn, and children Jim, Jennifer (Kelly) Hannah, Jonathan (Clover), Susannah (Ben) Williams), and six grandchildren, Cassidy Bone, Sophie, Annabelle and Finnegan Hannah, and Leo and Nona June Bone. He is also survived by brother John (Myra) Bone of Glenwood Springs, CO, and Sarah (William) Wright of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins around the country. David also considered Susan and Joe Culbertson, and their children Joe Jr. and Courtney, members of his family. Thank you Joe and Susan, for all of your support and love over the years.
A memorial Service will be held on Thursday, October 27th at Christ United Methodist Church (2375 East 3300 South) at 4:00 pm, followed by a reception at 1205 Gilmer Drive. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to your local public radio station. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.evans-earlymortuary.com.
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