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Gottfredson, David Booth, 1898-1977

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1898-1977

Biographical History

David Booth Gottfredson (1898-1977) was a doctor in the Salt Lake City and Richfield, Utah, areas and a colonel in World War II. David Booth Gottfredson was born November 26, 1898 to Peter Gottfredson and Alice Adell Keeler Hatch Gottfredson. He was the fourth child of their union, but the thirteenth of fourteen including children from prior marriages who lived to adulthood. He was his mother's first son, and only son to live past age 18. He was raised in Richfield, Utah, until 1907, when the Alice separated from Peter and moved her family to Manti to be closer to the temple. In the same year, on July 18, David was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Peter soon followed his family to Manti, and they lived together again until 1913 and Peter and Alice were officially divorced. David was 14 years old. Following their father's departure, David and his sisters helped provide for their mother and family by doing janitorial work, farming, and doing odd jobs. He began high school in 1914, and had early inclinations to have a career in medicine, despite his mother’s lack of support. She wanted him to pursue something that would give him a lot of spare time to serve in the Church. In 1916, David was recruited for National Guard service at the Mexican border as part of the 1st Squadron of the Utah Cavalry. He went to Fort Douglas and passed the medical requirements, but was then called home by a letter from his mother stating his ineligibility due to age and means of support for his family. He returned home in July 1916 and finished school at Manti High in May 1918 at the top of his class and delivered the class valedictory address. Later that month, he enlisted in World War I and was stationed in New Jersey for training and holding until his discharge following the armistice in July 1919. While in New Jersey he served in Company 515 of the Motor Transport Corps., and in October 1918, he suffered from the flu pandemic. During the 1919-1920 school year, David taught in the San Pete School District, mostly in Centerfield, Utah. The next summer, he moved to Salt Lake City and worked for the Salt Lake Transportation Co., where he met and became friends with his future wife’s older brother. While working in Salt Lake, he was able to make enough money to attend school in the fall at the University of Utah. He soon met Irma Grainger and the couple was married on September 13, 1922. They had five children together: Marjorie (1923-1980), Joyce (1925- ), David Booth Jr. (1930-1954), Susan (1936- ), and Peter Shelton (1949-1949). After graduating from the University of Utah in 1924, David's young family moved to St. Louis, Missouri so he could attend Washington University for medical school from 1924-1926. He then did an internship at LDS hospital from 1926-1927, and his residency at the Salt Lake Clinic beginning in 1927. In 1928, David and his family moved to Richfield, Utah, to establish a general medicine practice where David worked until 1941. During his time there, he worked as a doctor in the community, but also became involved in various service organizations. In 1936 he was the commander of the American Legion in Richfield, and in 1937 the American Legion Utah Department Commander. He also served two terms as president of the Central Utah Medical Association and was active in the Utah and Salt Lake County Medical Association and Sons of Utah Pioneers. In 1940 he was promoted to major in the United States Army, and was activated to prepare for conflict in 1941. He was ordered to Camp San Luis Obispo, California. The rest of the family followed him to California and rented a house. Later, he was stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington. David's oldest daughter, Marjorie, went to school at UCLA, and his son, David, Jr., because of his muscular dystrophy was placed as a long-time patient at Primary Children's Hospital, but the rest of the family accompanied him to Fort Lewis, Washington; and then to Camp Pickett, Virginia; and Fort Meade, Maryland, until 1943, when he was shipped overseas. In Virginia, David was a Lt. Colonel, commanding officer of the 5th Army Dispensary, and was promoted to Colonel on December 14, 1942. In 1943, David sailed from Fort Dix in Trenton, New Jersey, to Casablanca, Morocco, where he worked as a surgeon and medical doctor. He and his unit later moved to Naples, Italy, until the end of 1943 when he was injured in a Naples post office explosion and developed a heart condition that was serious enough for reclassification. He began recovery in hospitals in Italy and North Africa, but was eventually shipped back to the United States to a hospital in North Carolina. However, on January 17, 1944, David arrived back in Utah, met by his family at the train station. He remained in hospitals in Denver and Salt Lake City for treatment until April of 1944 and was officially discharged from the National Guard on June 29, 1944. While in the military, David received three battle citation decorations and a purple heart. In total, he spent 19 years, 5 months, and 12 days in military service. In 1945, David commenced work in the Salt Lake Clinic, and continued to work there until his retirement in 1970. During much of that time, he worked until around noon, and then spent time with family and friends and doing family history work. After retirement in 1970, David Booth and Irma spend the majority of their time reading, working in the temple, and being with family.

He passed away on January 16, 1977 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Citation

Family Search, via WWW, 17 March 2015 (David Booth Gottfredson was born to Peter and Alice Adell Keeler Hatch Gottfredson; married Irma Grainger; passed away on January 16 1977 in Salt Lake City, Utah). UPB files, 17 March 2015 (David Booth Gottfredson was born November 26, 1898; was the fourth child of their union, but the thirteenth of fourteen including children from prior marriages who lived to adulthood; was his mother's first son, and only son to live past age 18; was raised in Richfield, Utah, until 1907, when the Alice separated from Peter and moved her family to Manti to be closer to the temple; was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in that same year on July 18; Peter soon followed his family to Manti, and they lived together again until 1913 and Peter and Alice were officially divorced, when David was 14 years old; following their father's departure, David and his sisters helped provide for their mother and family by doing janitorial work, farming, and doing odd jobs; began high school in 1914, and had early inclinations to have a career in medicine, despite his mother’s lack of support; his mother wanted him to pursue something that would give him a lot of spare time to serve in the Church; was recruited in 1916 for National Guard service at the Mexican border as part of the 1st Squadron of the Utah Cavalry; went to Fort Douglas and passed the medical requirements, but was then called home by a letter from his mother stating his ineligibility due to age and means of support for his family; returned home in July 1916 and finished school at Manti High in May 1918 at the top of his class and delivered the class valedictory address; enlisted in World War I later that month and was stationed in New Jersey for training and holding until his discharge following the armistice in July 1919; served in Company 515 of the Motor Transport Corps. while in New Jersey, and in October 1918, he suffered from the flu pandemic; taught in the San Pete School District during the 1919-1920 school year, mostly in Centerfield, Utah; moved to Salt Lake City the next yearand worked for the Salt Lake Transportation Co., where he met and became friends with his future wife’s older brother; was able to make enough money to attend school in the fall at the University of Utah; soon met Irma Grainger; was married on September 13, 1922; had five children together: Marjorie (1923-1980), Joyce (1925- ), David Booth Jr. (1930-1954), Susan (1936- ), and Peter Shelton (1949-1949); graduated from the University of Utah in 1924; moved to St. Louis, Missouri so he could attend Washington University for medical school from 1924-1926; then did an internship at LDS hospital from 1926-1927, and his residency at the Salt Lake Clinic beginning in 1927; moved to Richfield, Utah, in 1928 to establish a general medicine practice where David worked until 1941; worked as a doctor in the community, but also became involved in various service organizations; was the commander of the American Legion in Richfield in 1936, and in 1937 the American Legion Utah Department Commander; also served two terms as president of the Central Utah Medical Association and was active in the Utah and Salt Lake County Medical Association and Sons of Utah Pioneers; promoted to major in the United States Army in 1940, and was activated to prepare for conflict in 1941; was ordered to Camp San Luis Obispo, California; the rest of the family followed him to California and rented a house; was stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington; oldest daughter, Marjorie, went to school at UCLA, and his son, David, Jr., because of his muscular dystrophy was placed as a long-time patient at Primary Children's Hospital, but the rest of the family accompanied him to Fort Lewis, Washington, Camp Pickett, Virginia, and Fort Meade, Maryland, until 1943, when he was shipped overseas; was a Lt. Colonel, commanding officer of the 5th Army Dispensary in Virginia, and was promoted to Colonel on December 14, 1942; sailed in 1943 from Fort Dix in Trenton, New Jersey, to Casablanca, Morocco, where he worked as a surgeon and medical doctor; later moved to Naples, Italy, until the end of 1943 when he was injured in a Naples post office explosion and developed a heart condition that was serious enough for reclassification; began recovery in hospitals in Italy and North Africa, but was eventually shipped back to the United States to a hospital in North Carolina; arrived back in Utah on January 17, 1944 and was met by his family at the train station; remained in hospitals in Denver and Salt Lake City for treatment until April of 1944 and was officially discharged from the National Guard on June 29, 1944; received three battle citation decorations and a purple heart; spent 19 years, 5 months, and 12 days total in military service; commenced work in the Salt Lake Clinic in 1945 and continued to work there until his retirement in 1970; he worked until around noon, and then spent time with family and friends and doing family history work; spent the majority of his time reading, working in the temple, and being with family).

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

David Booth Gottfredson and Irma Grainger Gottfredson family papers, 1898-2008

 Series
Identifier: MSS 7615 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains personal and professional papers of David Booth Gottfredson that include an autobiographical record, several daily planners, and other various documents. The series also includes family history papers for the Gottfredson, Grainger, Bringhurst, Steele, and Salkield families, and personal papers of Irma Grainger Gottfredson that contain mostly correspondence and calendars. Dates are between 1898 and 2008, when some scrapbook and record volumes were updated most recently. Materials dated...

David Booth Gottfredson personal papers, 1898-1977

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 7615 Series 2 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains the personal papers of David Booth Gottfredson which were created within his life dates, 1898 and 1977, and include military papers, correspondence from military service between 1943 and 1944, transcripts of speeches and talks he wrote, nine volumes of an autobiographical record, war diaries, his funeral papers, and other various items. Materials dated 1898-1977.

David Booth Gottfredson professional papers, 1920-1976

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 7615 Series 2 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Covers dates between 1920 and 1976 and includes David Booth Gottfredson’s professional papers; both education and medical related. Materials dated 1920-1976.

Irma Grainger Gottfredson personal papers, 1904-1988

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 7615 Series 2 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Includes Irma Grainger Gottfredson's daily journals, calendars, scrapbooks, funeral papers, and record books.

Materials dated 1904-1988.