Saturday, August 23, 2008

A Tragic Plane Crash

At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Friday, 22 August, a King Air 100, with ten aboard crashed shortly after take-off in Moab, Utah. The plane was in route to Cedar City, Utah. All on board died in the crash. The victims included nine associates of Southwest Skin & Cancer and the pilot. They had traveled to Moab early that day to provide cancer screening, cancer treatment, and other medical services to citizens in Moab. Southwest Skin & Cancer provided similar services to nine communities in Utah, Arizona and Nevada.

Message from the Ellsworth family:
It is with disbelief that we struggle to comprehend the events of yesterday. Our family has lost two dear members, each a husband and father. We appreciate the outpouring of love we’ve received from neighbors, family, and friends. Your prayers and faith are sustaining us. Thank you!!! Our belief in the truth that families can be together forever lightens this heavy load of sorrow. We will be reunited with Lansing and Dallin, of this we’re sure.

We have learned that the pilot was a skilled professional, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Surely he did all he could to bring his passengers safely back to Cedar.

Our hearts go out to the other six families who are mourning losses as well; each of them is in OUR prayers. These dedicated staff members gracefully accompanied Lansing as he traveled to rural towns outside of Iron County. They provided much needed dermatology care to patients who might otherwise have gone without. The loss of these medical providers will be felt far and wide. Their service will not soon be forgotten.

Make a Donation

Donations to benefit these families can be made through PayPay. The fund is administered by the Iron County American Medical Association Alliance, a non-profit organization. Use the following link:

Please note on the second page of the donation form, there is a comment box where you can specify if you would like your donation to go to a particular family.

Tribute Project

The Iron County Medical Alliance will be compiling a scrapbook for the families involved. Please use this post to leave fun, happy memories of the individuals being honored here, separate from the condolences.

Ellsworth Family

Condolences for the family of Dr. Lansing Ellsworth and son Dallin Ellsworth may be posted here or emailed to

Dr. Lansing Ellsworth, MD

Dallin Ellsworth

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cedar North Stake Center, 95 N. 2125 W. Cedar City, Utah. Overflow seating with a satallite broadcast will be available at the Cedar City University 2nd Stake building, 61 N. 900 W. Cedar City, Utah.

Visitations will be Friday, August 29, 2008 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, August 30, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Both will be held at the Cedar North Stake Center. Internment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made for the unborn son of Dallin and Kamber, at any Zion's Bank, under the name of Kamber Ellsworth.

Goddard Family

Condolences for the family of David Goddard, PA, and daughter Cecilee Goddard may be posted here or emailed to

David Goddard, PA

Cecilee Goddard

Imlay Family

Condolences for the family of Valerie Imlay may be posted here or emailed to

Valerie Imlay

Shumway Family

Condolences for the family of Keith Shumway may be posted here or emailed to

Keith graduated in May from Southern Utah University with a bachelors degree in chemistry with a medical emphasis. He was in the process of applying to medical school with a dream of becoming a doctor and setting up a practice in a rural area.

On August 19, 2005 he married his eternal companion Lisa in the Salt Lake Temple. They welcomed Landon Austin into their family on May 12, 2008. He was a loving and caring husband and daddy and one of the greatest friends a person could have.

Lisa graduated from SUU in December 2005 with a bachelors degree in accounting and worked for Kohler and Eyre until Landon was born.

If desired, contributions can be made to the Keith Shumway Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank or at any Mountain America Credit Union.

Keith Shumway

Johnson Family

Condolences for the family of Mandy Johnson may be posted here or emailed to

Mandy Johnson

Tillery Family

Condolences for the family of Marcie Tillery may be posted here or emailed to

Marcie Tillery

Vigil Family

Condolences for the family of Camie Vigil may be posted here or emailed to

Camie Vigil

White Family

Condolences for the family of David White, pilot, may be posted here or emailed to

The David White Memorial Fund has been setup at Zions Bank, and is available at any Zions Bank location in Idaho or Utah. The account number is 070443502. Those interested in contributing in this way may also send their donations to:

David White Memorial Fund
c/o Michael Evans
P.O. Box 130
Cedar City, UT 84720

David White