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January 4, 2011 > Obituary: Deon Stout Bringhurst

Obituary: Deon Stout Bringhurst

December 29, 1928 - December 29, 2010

Deon Stout Bringhurst, D.D.S. passed away peacefully of renal failure surrounded by his wife, his children and their spouses and his grandchildren who had gathered for his 82nd birthday. He was devoted to his family. Like his father before him, he lived a life of steadfast integrity. He taught his children correct principles, the value of hard work and a love of the great outdoors.

Deon and Lila Bringhurst moved to Fremont shortly after its incorporation melded five small towns into a large city. They have seen and been part of its growth and development. In 1960 Dr. Bringhurst established his dental practice in the Mission San Jose District. In 1979 the family bought and moved the historic 1880s Mission San Jose rectory down Mission Boulevard to Anza Street, where they restored it as a professional office building. Bringhurst personally spent hundreds of hours working on the restoration, but he made sure his six children were active, if sometimes unwilling, helpers.

In 1989 the family restored the A. O. Rix house. Based upon historic photos, Bringhurst reconstructed its distinctive wraparound porch. Located in the Irvington District, the 1850s house is a centerpiece of the recently completed Bay Street streetscape.

Dr. Bringhurst was born in Utah, near Zion National Park, to Samuel and Erma Stout Bringhurst. Brother to four younger sisters, he grew up in a loving family during the Great Depression. When not busy with farm chores or working in the peach orchard with his dad, he spent his youth roaming the hills and canyons near his home. In his adult years he often returned with his family so they had a sense of his roots. He loved "roughing it" and cooking over campfires, hiking with his family and sharing stories about his ancestors.

After graduating from Brigham Young University, Bringhurst attended Washington University School of Dentistry in St. Louis, Missouri. He then became an officer in the United States Air Force where he was assigned to small radar sites up and down the coast of California. He rotated once a month, doing dentistry for the 200 or so troops at each site.

An excellent dentist, Dr. Bringhurst was an active member of the Southern Alameda County Dental Society and the California Dental Association. He retired at the age of 78, after selling his practice to his son-in-law, Dr. Steven Crane.

In addition to his wife, Lila, Dr. Bringhurst is survived by his children, Eric Bringhurst, M.D., Eron Bringhurst and his wife, Joyce, of Pleasanton, Margo Layton and her husband, Dean, of Pleasanton, Amy Crane and her husband, Steven, of Fremont, Glinel Fauchier and her husband, Dennis, of Los Banos, Alaina Stewart and her husband, Bradley, of Alameda and nineteen grandchildren. He is survived by his sisters, Lorna Cox, Sandra Boyce and Karen Stratton, all of Utah, and numerous nieces and nephews.

After a private military interment at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, the family will have a memorial service on January 15 at 11 a.m., followed by a reception, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel located at 810 Walnut Avenue, Fremont.

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