October 22, 1933 ~ February 12, 2019
Dr. Charles "Chuck" Bryner Edwards, 85, died February 12, 2019, in his son Brian's home in Spring, Texas. Liver failure took his life even though he had battled and beat prostate cancer last summer while recovering from a broken hip sustained earlier in the year. The year 2018, was one that changed the course of his life as well as the lives of those that loved him. Through it all, he showed incredible courage and poise while giving strength to those around him.
Chuck had been a resident of Farmington, Utah since June 1976. He was born October 22, 1933 in Price, Utah to Charles Wesley and Annie Fern Bryner Edwards. His early childhood years were spent in Las Vegas until his parents divorced when he was eight and his sister was almost two.
He spent his formative years moving around and living with relatives that he credits with having a profound positive influence on his life. Multiple family members were helpful in his upbringing and setting good examples for him to follow. Moving to American Fork, Utah in 1949, with his mother and sister was a major turning point in his life and the time when he felt he really began to live.
After graduation from American Fork High School in 1951, he began his college career at Brigham Young University. In March 1954, he was called to the New England Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in Massachusetts until 1956. Upon arriving home he immediately had to report to the draft board where he served in the United States Air Force until being honorably discharged 18 months later. He returned to BYU where he reconnected with his childhood friend, Gareth Wootton, who encouraged Chuck to go into medicine. This ended up being a pivotal moment in his young life.
He graduated with a B.S. from BYU, followed by an M.D. from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington D.C.. He served an internship at King County Hospital in Seattle, Washington. He fulfilled residencies at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City as well as Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital for Cancer in New York City, New York. Chuck completed his training with a fellowship at the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas.
He was Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, and was on the Board of Directors of the Utah Division of American Cancer Society. Chuck was a noted practicing cancer surgeon in Salt Lake City for 34 years. He loved being a surgeon and helping his patients.
In 1963, Chuck married Carole Jean Crowley of Twin Falls, Idaho. They are the parents of seven sons. He has enjoyed hunting and fishing from early childhood, he played and coached basketball and baseball, was a Scoutmaster, member of the bishopric and a stake high counselor. In 1991, he was listed as #489 in The Grand Slam Club by the North American Sheep Hunters' Association. He was an avid supporter of wildlife preservation and conservation and believed in leaving the outdoors better than you found it.
Chuck is survived by his wife and their seven sons: Chuck of Ogden, UT; Mark (Kori Ann) of Hooper, UT; Larry (Elizabeth) of Eden, UT; Craig (Pavlina) of Las Vegas, Nevada; Scott (Keri) of Newburgh, Indiana; Shane (Amanda) of Payson, Utah; and Brian (Kaori) of Spring, Texas; and 20 grandchildren; his sister Ann (James) Burr of Salina, Utah.
Funeral services will be held on March 2, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the Farmington Rock Chapel, 272 North Main Street, Farmington, Utah. Interment of his ashes will be at the Farmington Cemetery following the service. A celebration of his life with family and friends will take place from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Fountain View Events, 164 West Promontory #200, Farmington, Utah.
Chuck's family would like to express their gratitude to the many doctors, nurses and caregivers who provided service to him during his final months. The love and compassion shown by you will forever be appreciated.