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Ivan Marlow Turpin

March 21, 1945 ~ July 15, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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In Loving Memory of Dr. Ivan Marlow Turpin, MD (3/21/45 - 7/15/23)

With heavy hearts, we share the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother, who left this world unexpectedly on the evening of July 15, 2023, at the age of 78. Ivan was born and raised in the humble town of Magna, Utah, where he grew into a remarkable man of many talents. A revered surgeon by profession, a devoted family man, and a passionate enthusiast of the great outdoors, Ivan's life was one of service, devotion, and exploration.

In the autumn of his youth, Ivan's impressive athletic prowess earned him recognition as an All Region player in football, basketball, and baseball. These high school achievements mirrored the determination and dedication that would define his life. During these formative years, Ivan wed his high school sweetheart, Darlene Uhach, on September 7, 1968. Together, they built a life marked by shared dreams, creating a foundation of love and companionship that would endure all trials and tribulations.

From his early teenage years, Ivan was drawn towards the field of medicine where he embarked on an odyssey marked by commitment and compassion. This passion led him to the University of Utah, where he balanced his love for football with rigorous academic pursuits, earning his medical degree. Serving as a doctor and surgeon in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, Ivan selflessly attended to those wounded in battle. After his service, he continued his medical residency training in general surgery at the University of California Los Angeles and plastic surgery at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).

This was the genesis of his illustrious career in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, spanning more than four decades. Ivan was predominately affiliated with St. Joseph’s Hospital which began on July 1, 1980, and where he remained a valued member of its staff until his passing. Throughout his tenure, Ivan held multiple esteemed positions, including Chief of Surgery and Chief of Plastic Surgery at St. Joseph Hospital. He also extended his leadership as Chief of Plastic Surgery to the Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). Beyond his hospital duties, Ivan served with distinction as the President of the Orange County Society of Plastic Surgeons, making significant contributions to the local medical community. Among his many roles, he held the significant position of Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Saint Joseph Hospital of Orange, a testament to his unwavering dedication to the field of surgery.

Beyond the operating room, he nurtured the next generation of medical professionals as a Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCI and through a home-based residency program. His dedicated service and enduring legacy continue to inspire and heal, serving as a testament to his lifelong commitment to his profession. To Ivan, medicine was not merely a career; it was a lifelong calling that guided him to touch countless lives.

As a committed provider for his family, Ivan's presence was a reassuring constant. He was deeply dedicated to ensuring the security and well-being of his family, always putting their needs ahead of his own. His sudden departure leaves a void that is felt profoundly, but his legacy of love, strength, and commitment lives on.

Ivan's love for the outdoors often led him on adventurous endeavors, from exhilarating canoe trips across the vast landscapes of Alberta, Canada, and down the twisting currents of the Snake River, to horseback riding and camping deep into the Sierra mountains. He was also a passionate falconer, cherishing the unique bond between man and bird. These experiences, especially those shared with his son, were sources of immense joy for Ivan, crafting precious memories that will forever warm our hearts.

Towards the end of his career, Ivan found a new passion - wildlife photography. Studying under the guidance of renowned wildlife photographer Henry H. Holdsworth near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, he cultivated this craft with as much precision and enthusiasm as he had applied to his medical profession.

As we remember Ivan, we also recall the loving family that surrounded him. His life partner, Darlene K., was his unwavering rock and a continual source of enduring love. His cherished son, Jeff, along with his wife Darlene R. and their son Rowen, will carry forward Ivan's legacy. Ivan's brother, Tom, was an integral part of his life, sharing countless moments and memories together. Ivan's protective nature, his passion for healing, and the joy he found in every day will continue to guide us all. Our beloved Ivan will forever remain in our hearts, leaving behind a luminous trail of the love and light he brought into our lives.

His memorial and visitation service will be held at the Chapel of Orange, located at 215 N Grand St, Orange, CA 92866. We will gather there on Saturday, July 29, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, to honor his memory and celebrate the extraordinary life he led. The subsequent graveside service will be held on the same day, Saturday, July 29, 2023, at 1:00 PM at the Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, located at 7845 E. Santiago Canyon Rd., Orange, CA 92869. Please join us as we pay our respects.

Instead of flowers, we kindly request donations to the Audubon Society, a cause Ivan cherished, or a charity of your choice. This gesture continues Ivan's legacy of caring for others and the world around us, as he did so passionately throughout his extraordinary life.





July 29, 2023

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Chapel of Orange
215 N Grand St
Orange, CA 92866

Graveside Service
July 29, 2023

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Holy Sepulcher Cemetery
7845 E. Santiago Canyon Rd.
Orange, CA 92869


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