Harold A. Widdison, born in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 10, 1935 to Harold E. and Margaret Atwood Widdison, died unexpectedly at his home in Flagstaff on November 1, 2012. Harold grew up in Utah until age 12 when his family moved to Helena, Montana where he graduated from high school in 1953. Harold served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints starting at the age of 17 and attended Brigham Young University upon his return. He earned a BS degree in Sociology in1959 and a MS in Business in 1961from BYU. He was employed for five years at the Atomic Energy Commission in Washington, D.C. before returning to graduate school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where he received a Ph.D. in 1970. Dr. Widdison taught at Northern Arizona University for 30 years before his retirement in 2002. His field was Medical Sociology and he was instrumental in establishing some of the earliest courses in the country on death, grief, and bereavement. He was extremely interested in research on the near-death experience phenomena and wrote two books on the subject. He served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Hozhoni Foundation having a very personal concern for the plight of the handicapped. Since his retirement, Dr. Widdison served another mission for the LDS Church this time with his wife, Marie, to whom he was married for 52 years. Harold was an excellent photographer and enjoyed visiting and photographing sites of Native American rock art. He was a lifelong active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in many positions of responsibility. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and a sister. He is survived by his wife, Marie; four children—Harold K. “Hal” (Amy), Anthony L. “Tony” (Amy), Diana Sapp (Steven), and Valerie; a sister, Joan Tenney (Roy); six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on November 9th at the Linda Vista chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints preceded by a viewing at 10:00 o’clock. There will also be a viewing at the Norvel Owens Mortuary on Thursday night from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.