Dr. Thomas B. Jarvis, M.D.



Dr. Thomas B. Jarvis, M.D. was born Oct. 12, 1923, in St. Johns, Ariz., to George and Frances Jarvis. Our Dad passed away on April 15, 2009. After attending St. Johns High School, he met his future wife, Mary, at Gila College in Thatcher, Ariz. During WWII, in his sophomore year, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Upon his return from Europe, where he had been a POW, briefly, Tom and Mary were married at the Mormon Temple, in Mesa, Ariz., in 1944. He was then stationed in Denver, Colorado until he was discharged from the Army Air Corps. Later, he continued his education at the University of Utah receiving his M.D. in 1952. After serving his internship at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz., he accepted a position in Morenci, Ariz., as a general practitioner. He then returned to Phoenix to pursue Pathology, obtaining his degree in Clinical and Anatomical Pathology. During his career, with the help of his wife, Mary and Drs. Schoene and Strickland, he started Affiliated Pathologists, and was board certified in Clinical, Anatomical and Forensic Pathology. He was instrumental in starting Phoenix Baptist Hospital and served as Chief of Staff. He practiced pathology in Globe, Arizona where he established a pathology lab. In 1969, he was appointed Medical Examiner in Maricopa County. He served in that capacity and as Chief Assistant Medical Examiner until his retirement in 1987. In 1988, he moved to Ashland, Ore., where he passed away. He is survived by his former wife of 20 years, Mary E. Jarvis; their six children, Barbara Benchoff, Danny, Tommy (deceased), Jimmy, Kent and Johnny; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Catherine Brimhall, Norma Crosby, Lila Rogers; and his current wife, Barbara Brunker, a former employee at Affiliated, whom he married in 1965. His direct family is grateful the noise has ended and our Dad can finally rest.