Obituary: WISCOMBE, ARTHUR C

Published: Friday, Aug. 22 2014 12:32 a.m. MDT

Arthur C. Wiscombe10/12/1928 ~ 10/09/2011Dr. Arthur Clark Wiscombe, distinguished educator and philosopher of life, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, October 9, 2011 surrounded by his loving family.Born October 12, 1928, to Arthur Newland and Blanch Clark Wiscombe, Art was raised in the Uintah Basin, graduating from Alterra High School in 1946. Art met Doris Joy Myers at Brigham Young University and married her in the Salt Lake LDS Temple May 28, 1948. Soon after, he served as a full-time missionary for the LDS Church in the North Central States mission.Art's unquenchable search for knowledge and wisdom led him to pursue his bachelor's degree from BYU, graduate degrees from Columbia and Harvard Universities, and a doctorate degree in Philosophy of Education from the University of Colorado, always with his young family in tow. An educator by profession, Art served as a teacher, principal, superintendent of Salt Lake City, UT and Downers Grove, IL school districts, and professor of philosophy at BYU and the University of Utah. Truly a master teacher in all walks of life, Art constantly strove to live the "examined life" (Plato) and encouraged others to do the same. He never resisted the "noble impulse" to uplift and inspire others to seek after that which is TRUE, GOOD, and BEAUTIFUL (Platonic Trilogy). Indeed, Art taught us about the depth and redemptive power of love and the importance of relationships.Following his retirement from public education, Art devoted himself to reading and writing and created over 150 volumes of his thoughts, essays, letters, and journals. He adored spending time with family and in nature, never missing a family event or a sunset. His true passion was that of a philosopher, thinker, and writer; in his own words: "I was a striver all my days to give a meaning to my life [] I sought to be sensitive to the fates and sufferings of others; to sustain a passion and a love for life; to seek continuously to create something of value never before on the earth." He shaped our hearts and minds and was deeply loved by all who knew him.Arthur is survived by his sweetheart Doris Joy; son, Steven (JoAnna); five daughters: Renda Layton (Robert Strong), Paula Muhlestein (David), Julie Herron, Cheri Adams (Eric), Jamie Rip (Daniel); 29 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; sister Marjorie McKee; brothers: Erold Wiscombe, Cloyd Wiscombe.Funeral services will be held at noon, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at the Canyon Park Ward, 1190 E. Bountiful Hills Drive, Bountiful. Family and friends may gather Friday Oct. 14 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Lindquist Bountiful Mortuary, 727 N. 400 E. and Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:45 11:45 a.m. at the Canyon Park Ward. Interment Lakeview Memorial Park, Bountiful. Condolences may be shared at www.lindquistmortuary.com