Winston Applewhite Mitchell passed away peacefully at his home in Seaside, surrounded by his family, on July 31, 2014, after a brief struggle with cancer. He was 83 years old. Known by many as Winn, he will be remembered for his faith in God, his sincere love and respect for people, his love for life and learning, his optimistic nature, his patriotism and his quick, irrepressible wit.
Winn was born October 20, 1930, to Phillip and Phyllis Applewhite Mitchell in San Francisco, Calif.. He grew up in Clarkston, Wash., and Portland, Ore. Losing his devoted mother at a tender age, Winston was also raised by his beloved grandparents, John and Hannah Applewhite, who tenderly taught and nurtured him. When their health declined, he was lovingly welcomed into the home of his aunt and uncle, Joseph and Marion Pettit, who adored and cared for him as a son for the rest of their lives.
Winston was educated at the Montezuma Mountain School, near Santa Cruz, Calif., where he learned important values and principles that shaped his life. The school code, which Winston enjoyed reciting from memory until the end of his life, was:
Clean thoughts, for as a man thinketh, so is he. Clean speech, for words betray the mind within. Clean habits, for the body clothes the Soul. Work hard, lest others have to bear your load. Play fair all manly men despise a cheat. And self-respect outweighs the world besides.
Winston earned his bachelors degree in political science (pre-law) from Stanford University. He served his country as a first lieutenant in the Marine Corps, stationed in Hawaii. Winston also obtained a medical degree from Oregon Health & Sciences University.
Winstons distinguished career as a radiologist specializing in coronary angiography spanned 40 years. He served as a professor of radiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Loma Linda University School of Medicine and the University of Utah School of Medicine. His career took him to many countries around the world.
Winston loved people. He was a fun and loyal friend, famous for his wonderful sense of humor. He was passionate and knowledgeable about American history and loved his country deeply. He read and wrote extensively and kept a faithful journal. He enjoyed music, had a beautiful voice and often sang as he went about his day. Winston was active and fit, enjoying tennis, biking and nature walks on the Seaside estuary. He was an avid genealogist.
Winstons greatest joy was his family. All who knew him heard about his family and their accomplishments. He was their loyal and loving supporter and will be deeply missed. Winston is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Mari, and children Marc (Takako), Mila (Doug) Clark, Paul (Ana Maria), Tim (Christie), Shawn (Yvette), Alisa, Roger, Audrey (Ashley) Buchanan, Kevin, Monica, and 29 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He will be honored at a memorial service to be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1403 South Wahanna Road, Seaside, Ore. on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 5 p.m.