Gerald Glen Overly, M.D.
1939 ~ 2013
Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, physician and friend Gerald G. Overly, 74, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in Boise, Idaho at his home.
Dr. Overly was born in Provo, Utah on March 1, 1939 and was the eldest son of Glen Duane and Elizabeth Bringhurst Overly. He had two brothers and one sister.
Gerald spent his childhood and adolescence in Provo, Utah where early in life he developed a love of learning and reading. He was an excellent student and through his Boy Scout activities, also learned a love for the outdoors and the many activities afforded by the mountains of his beloved Utah. He absolutely loved fly fishing which remained a passion throughout his life. In fact, it took him to the far corners of the world and earned him many friends and companions who likewise shared this passion. Of course, there were other sports, including basketball, fast-pitch softball, golf, and bird hunting in which he participated, excelled in, and which afforded him many hours of enjoyment. He was an excellent athlete.
In addition to his own athletic activities, he was a great fan of his children's and grandchildren's various sporting event, and his love for the St. Louis Cardinal Baseball team ran deep. He fell in love with the "Cards" and Stan Musial way back in 1947 when he was just young kid. Among his other interests was the game of chess, ballroom dancing, learning Spanish, studying the Scriptures, gardening (specializing in tomatoes) and cooking. Some of the family favorites were his famous clam chowder and Christmas Eve dinners.
He married his college sweetheart, Donna Dean, in the Salt Lake Temple in 1963. They spent 50 loving years together working through medical school, raising a large family, serving in both the military and the LDS Church. Gerald's undergraduate college degree was in math and physics from BYU in 1962. His first professional job was with Hercules Powder Company in Salt Lake City, Utah and later for the McDonald-Douglas Corporation in St. Louis, Missouri as a weights engineer in the early phases of the US Space Program. Following his experiences as an engineer, he entered medical school in 1965 at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He completed his medical training including internship and residency in 1973 where upon he was drafted into the US Army. His military career took him from Columbia, Missouri to Texas and Georgia and ended at the 97th General Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany where he served as the Chief of Dermatology.
The years in Germany have remained some of the fondest memories for the Overly family. Following that time in the US military, he moved in 1978 to Boise, Idaho where he opened a private Dermatology practice. He enjoyed 34 years of a private practice in the Boise Valley. Much of that joy came from working with a loyal staff and serving grateful patients. It was a truly happy period of his life and he simply loved the practice of Dermatology.
Gerald was a devoted and active member of the LDS Church. He was a unique personality, a tender and sensitive spirit, a very practical guy, an extremely honest man with fierce loyalty to friends and family, an exceptionally generous and kind individual. One could describe him as a man "truly" without guile.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Glen D. and Elizabeth Bringhurst Overly, and his brother Roger B. Overly.
He is survived by his sister Myrle Overly Adams and her spouse Keith Adams (Sandy, Utah) and their 6 children and families; brother Glade Overly (Provo, Utah), sister-in-law Dahnelle Overly (Springville, Utah) and her 3 children and families, his wife Donna and their 7 children (Marc, Scarlett, Paige, Layne, Lynne, Matthew and Michael), spouses (John Gustin, Jock Perkins, Brock Andersen, Branden Petersen) and 20 grandchildren (Garrett, Gunnar, Porter, Alli, Lauren, Sydney, Savannah, Lex, Atticus, Caleb, Gavin, Sawyer, Jacoby, Jedi, Bridger, Gabriel, Levi, Ireland, Amelia)
Funeral services were held on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Duncan Lane LDS Chapel, Boise. Interment followed at the Dry Creek Cemetery.
The Overly family wishes to thank all those who have been so kind, thoughtful, and supportive to us for so many years and especially at this time of grief and sorrow.