Brian L. Rasmussen
10/02/2021

Brian L. Rasmussen, 89, passed away peacefully at home in the early morning hours of October 2, 2021.  Brian grew up in Provo, Utah, and graduated from BYU.  He joined the Air Force, served four years, and was an Airman First Class.  On flying status, he was assigned to electronic counter measures command during the Korean War.

Brian attended medical school in Maryland.  He then moved back to Utah to complete his residency at the University of Utah where he was Chief Resident in General Surgery and was on the faculty.  Subsequently he entered private practice and practiced general surgery, chiefly at St. Mark’s Hospital in Salt Lake City.  He was a well-respected surgeon.  With his extensive education, impeccable surgical skills, and dedication to his profession and to his patients, he saved many lives and extended the lives of many by surgically treating their diseases and impairments of health.

Brian volunteered his medical expertise at the Doctors’ Volunteer Clinic in St. George, Utah, for eight years.  He was dedicated to medical research and was the author of four publications.  He additionally coauthored five publications.

While at BYU Brian married Margaret Brklacich, with whom he had three children:  Valerie (Macris),  Leslie, and William (Anna).  He lost Margaret to cancer after 34 years of marriage.  Many years later he married Eva Williams Conrad.  They had a loving relationship.  They loved living life together and had many adventures during their 28 years of marriage.  Brian and Eva loved animals and had many pets through the years.  They cared and provided for their needs and loved them deeply.

Brian is survived by his three children, three grandchildren, and Eva’s son Jake.  He also leaves behind his beloved wife Eva, who is left with a hole in her heart and in their home.  Brian requested no services.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. 435-673-2454. Family and friends are invited to sign Brian’s online guest book at www.spilsburymortuary.com.

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  1. Seeing this brought a tear to my eye. Dr Rassmussen saved by life in 1984! I was 33 years old and a mother of 4 young sons, one 3 months old. He expertly removed 85% of my pancreas allowing me to live a good life still today and raise my boys and see the birth of 11 grandchildren. I relied on his expertise and wisdom as he directed me to an endocrinologist who followed me for almost 30 more years and kept a debilitating illness at bay. I hope to someday be able to throw my arms around him and thank him for his excellence as a physician, but more so as a wonderful man. He is one of my heroes. I am most grateful for this wonderful man.

  2. Eva, so sorry to read of Brian’s passing. Yvonne and I feel so fortunate and blessed to have known him the way we did. He was always a bright spot in my day during our short visits while he was walking the dogs or our time in your home. His quite and humble nature spoke volumes as to his larger than life character and integrity. What a great example. We miss you and hope you feel his love and influence day to day as he continues his patriarchal stewardship. All the best, Robin and Yvonne

  3. My wife, Janet, and I are so sad to hear of Brian’s passing. He was an awesome physician and surgeon. He volunteered for 8 years at the Doctors’ Volunteer Clinic and helped many patients as he did in his private practice. He was an important part of the DVC and we appreciated his volunteering very much. He will be missed and we are grateful to have known him.
    Paul and Janet Doxey
    Doctors’ Volunteer Clinic of St. George

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