D. A. "Doc" Osguthorpe, a member of the Professional Veterinary Medical Class of 1943, died June 8 at the age of 88 in his home, surrounded by his family. Dr. Osguthorpe was a longtime supporter of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and will be remembered as a steward of the land, veterinarian, philanthropist, businessman, and husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
Dr. Osguthorpe was born in Blackfoot, Idaho, on Oct. 12, 1920. He attended Utah State University for one year before enrolling at Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University) to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine. While at Colorado A&M, 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. After graduating in 1943, Dr. Osguthorpe returned to Utah to open a veterinary practice in Holladay. His practice included treating horses, dairy cows, cattle and sheep. He was a private pilot and used his twin engine in his practice to travel in the western states.
He soon found a demand for treating horses and mules used in mining in the Park City area, and expanded his private practice as well as invested in property. He purchased a number of ranches in the Park City area, including a dairy farm he operated until 1992.
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.
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 a 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.
Dr. Osguthorpe 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. Online condolences can be left at www.mem.com