Lester Phil NyborgMay 4, 1925 ~ May 1, 2017 (age 91)
Lester Phil Nyborg
Lester Phil Nyborg, military veteran, geologist, medical doctor, pilot, devoted father, grandfather, and friend to many, peacefully passed away on May 1st at the Boise VA hospital with loved ones by his side.
Phil was born on May 4th 1925 in Twin Groves, Idaho to Lester and LaVernie Nyborg and raised in St. Anthony. At age 17 he joined the Army Air Corps and served in WWII as a fighter pilot, flying the P51 D Mustang under the handle “Whitey” in reference to his light hair and Scandinavian roots. He acquired three degrees including a BS in Geology from Utah State, a Masters in Hospital Administration from UC Berkeley, and an MD in Medicine from Northwestern University. Following his medical training, he served in the Navy as a flight surgeon before finishing out his service in the Air Force. He served as a doctor at many bases throughout the U.S., as well as a stint in Naples Italy. During his years of service he test flew many aircraft, including the F111 and flew with the “hurricane hunters” while stationed in Florida.
While studying at Utah State, Phil met his future wife of forty-seven years, LaWana Blanchard who was attending BYU at the time. Together they shared many happy memories traveling throughout the world, and had one son and two daughters.
Ever devoted to his country, Phil served two tours in Vietnam as the medical advisor to the Vietnamese Air Force. His last assignment was at the Mountain Home Air Force Base as Hospital Commander, a position he took in order to be closer to his aging parents. He retired a decorated Colonel after a total of 32 years of dedicated military service.
After retiring from the service, Phil went on to work as the medical director of Student Health Services at Boise State University for nearly 20 years after serving in a similar capacity at BYU. From there he was drawn back into serving his country, filling in at various MEPS programs throughout the country before become the chief medical officer at the Boise MEPS, where he was in charge of processing new recruits from Southeast Idaho. He continued this role for 18 years until finally retiring for good at 90 years old.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents, wife, younger sister LaJuana, and many family members. He is survived by his three children, 10 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren to whom he was a pillar, hero, role model, benefactor and a great inspiration. He will always be remembered for his dedication to his family and country, for his sharp wit and dependability, and for invariably putting the needs of others before his own.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday May 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm at Bowman Funeral Parlor, 10254 W. Carlton Bay Dr. on State Street in Boise. There will be a graveside ceremony conducted at Wilford Cemetery in St. Anthony, Idaho on Friday May 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm.