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Jack Leigh Eidson, M.D., 91, died June 15, 2014 in Weatherford.
Memorial service is set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at Grace First Presbyterian Church, 606 Mockingbird Lane, Weatherford.
In lieu of flowers, the family desires that memorials be sent to Grace First Presbyterian Church of Weatherford, The Boy or Girl Scouts of America or a charity of choice.
"Dr. Jack," as he was affectionately known, was born Aug. 26, 1922 in Greenville, S.C., to Charles George Eidson and Margaret Edna (Leigh) Eidson.
He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1943 on a Plan II program and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Sigma fraternities. During the war, the Army sent Eidson through Baylor Medical School on its three-year "fast-track" program, from which he graduated in 1946. For the next four years, he served his obligation in the U.S. Army Air Corps with duty in Houston, San Antonio, Indianapolis and Denver.
When Eidson moved to Weatherford in January 1950, he became one of only eight physicians in the city of about 8,000. This generation of doctors engaged in general practice that included surgery, ER, psychiatry, ob-gyn, pediatrics, geriatrics and house calls. This was also the generation of doctors that were often paid with chickens, hogs, peanuts, melons and peaches. Eidson practiced for over 50 years and delivered over 5,000 Parker County citizens. He was especially known for a good tonsillectomy and his gracious and gentle bedside manners. He had often said, "I was fortunate that I got to practice during the 'Golden Age of Medicine,'…that period after penicillin and before Medicare!"
Eidson was an active citizen and involved with many professional, political, religious, social, civic and government organizations. He was an active member and an ordained elder of the Grace First Presbyterian Church of Weatherford. In addition, he was a 32nd degree Mason in both Scottish Rite and York Rite Orders and a member of the Knights of Pythias.
Eidson was also active in civic affairs, having served as president of the Weatherford Lions Club, The Cancer Society, as director of the Chamber of Commerce, Drive Director for the United Way and three terms as a Weatherford City Commissioner and mayor pro tem. He also served on the Executive Committee of Region 5 of the Health Service Agency and, in 1997, was still serving as the Weatherford City Health Officer and Medical Director. In 1979, he received the Chamber of Commerce Award for Outstanding Citizen.
Eidson was preceded in death by his wife, Wera Wanda (Carroll) Eidson; his sister, Margaret (Eidson) Metz and her husband, June; his brother, Charles G. Eidson, Jr. and his wife, Lee; his son, Scott Lee Eidson; and his daughter, Wanda Carroll (Eidson) Hobbs and her husband, Roy.
Survivors include his son, Jack Leigh Eidson, Jr. and wife, Judy of Whitt; their daughter, Nicole Elizabeth (Eidson) Snider and husband, Dave of Tempe, Ariz. and his children, Kaitlyn and Sean; their son, Jack Leigh Eidson, III, M.D. and wife, Kristy and their sons, Jack IV, Rylander and Starks, all of Temple; his daughter, Carroll's sons, Christopher Stephen "Chris" Pipes of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Eric Bryan Pipes and wife, Randi, her son, Braxton and their son, Andrew of Houston; Carroll's daughter, Tiffany Dawn Hobbs and her daughter, Aubrey of Kingwood; Carroll's step-daughter, Angela (Hobbs) Archinal and husband, Jason and their daughter, Tori of Kingwood; and her step-son, Scott Hobbs and wife, Tiffany, and their son, Jason of Dallas; his son, Mark Carroll Eidson, M.D. and wife, Sarah of Weatherford and their sons, Weston Carroll Eidson and wife, Katie of Fort Worth; Beau Montagu Eidson of Austin; and Barrett Crake Eidson of Los Angeles, Calif.; his son, Jon Keeling Eidson and wife, Lynne of Fort Worth and his daughters, Martha Jane "Marti" (Eidson) Rosche and husband, Greg of Olathe, Kan.; Margaret Louise "Maggi" (Eidson) Seidler and husband, Brandon of Fort Worth and their mother, Stephanie Lane Eidson; and Lynne's son, Bryce Stanford Reed and wife, Catherine, of Shreveport, La.; and numerous nephews, nieces and friends world wide.
The family wishes to thank Toni Rhodes, Renee Spinler, Hortencia Tacuba and Silvano Sebastian for their compassionate and dedicated service to Dr. Jack's care and comfort.
For additional information about Dr. Jack's life, please go to www.WhitesFuneral.com.