On October 8, 2019, William S. Brothers, MD, passed away. His family and friends mourn the loss of their loved one, but also rejoice in his passing to a beautiful place of peace and love.
William was born on September 4, 1925, to William Christensen and Vera May Shawcroft Brothers in Sanford, Colorado. His father passed away in the spring of 1925 and Bill was born in the fall of that year.
Bill excelled in academics and athletics in his high school in Manassa, Colorado. He played on the football and basketball teams. He joined the band and played the trumpet. Later, he played Reveille as a bugler during his naval training.
While still 17 years old, during his senior year in high school, Bill enlisted in the Navy. World War II was in progress and Bill became a Sonar Officer.
After the war was over, Bill married Ella Haynie in the Salt Lake Temple on August 29, 1946. He served a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the East Central States Mission after their marriage. Ella finished her accounting degree at Utah State and joined Bill toward the end of his mission.
Bill attended the University of Colorado and earned a degree in Pharmacology. He was encouraged to apply to medical school so he applied to the University of Colorado and was accepted. Bill received his MD and began his internship and first two years of residency at the United States Naval Hospital in San Diego, California. The third year of residency was done at the University of Southern California at Los Angeles, California. He specialized in Dermatology.
The Navy sent him to the U.S. Naval Hospital in Bremerton, Washington, to begin his career as a Dermatologist. While living in the adjacent town of Port Orchard, Bill became the Bishop of the ward.
Two years later, Bill was sent back to the Naval Hospital in San Diego where he would remain for the duration of his naval career. He did spend one year traveling to Camp Pendleton, California to serve as the Base Medical Officer to the Commanding General of the U.S. Marine Corp. After 30 years in the Navy, Bill retired as a Captain.
Upon completion of his naval career, Bill desired to open a medical practice in Dermatology. He was offered a position in Provo, Utah, with Warren G. Eyre, MD, which he accepted. Richard W. Parkinson, MD, would join them later.
Bill loved his career in Dermatology and he loved his patients. He also enjoyed the many years he spent teaching his specialty to others.
Bill loved to garden and would spend his free time working in his yard. He loved nature and had a special interest in the birds that would come to his feeder. Bill was an avid sports fan. He watched BYU football, basketball, volleyball, and baseball. He loved watching the teams from the schools he had attended. Bill also had great love for his ancestors, and was actively involved in family history to ensure that all possible predecessors would receive their temple blessings.
Bill was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as Bishop in
Port Orchard, Washington, at BYU in Provo, Utah, and in the Oak Hills 6th Ward in Provo, Utah. He also served as a Counselor in Bishoprics, as a High Counselor, and in various other callings. He loved the people he served.
William is survived by his wife Ella, his children Brooke Ann Bascom, William H. (Beverly), Sherrelyn, Lisandra, Janette (Richard) Woolley, his daughter-in-law Andrea Lynn Brothers Smith, as well as 17 grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Cathryn (Loyd) Dunn, his son Brian H. Brothers, and his son-in-law Roger Arthur Bascom.
The family would like to thank the staff at Canyon Home Health for their excellent service.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 14, 2019, at the Oak Hills 6th Ward, 1960 North 1500 East, Provo, UT. There will be a viewing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, at Nelson Family Mortuary, 4780 N. University Ave., Provo, Utah, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Monday prior to services at the church. Interment will be in Eastlawn Memorial Cemetery, Provo, Utah