Charles Hilmon Castle

Charles Hilmon Castle


Charles Hilmon Castle
In Loving Memory

Our beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather, Charles Hilmon Castle, peacefully passed away December 26, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He lived a long life; a life of his choosing. Born February 15, 1928 in a home near the small rural town of Walthall, Mississippi to Hays Delashman and Ruby Bowen Castle. He spent most of his childhood in Pachuta, Mississippi. At the age of eight, he contracted polio that resulted in a disability affecting his ability to walk for the rest of his life.
Hilmon’s disability did not keep him from being physically active. He was the first Eagle Scout from Pachuta, Mississippi. He played both high school football and basketball, played in the marching band in high school and college and won the Golden-Glove Boxing Novice Division at Ole Miss.
Not wanting to ever return to work in his father’s saw mill, Hilmon enrolled at the University of Mississippi one week after he graduated from high school. He continued his education until graduating from Duke University Medical School in 1951.
After completing a medical internship at Duke Hospital, Hilmon moved to Salt Lake City for residency training at the old Salt Lake County Hospital followed by a fellowship in cardiology. Hilmon discovered skiing, tennis (which he played almost daily until his early eighties) and a new home in Utah.
He served for two years as an Internist and Captain in the United States Air Force in Madrid, Spain and for nine years as a flight surgeon with the Utah National Guard.
His early life of hardship in rural Mississippi was an abiding influence on Hilmon’s professional commitment. He was always interested in ways to provide medical care to underserved populations. In 1959, Hilmon accepted a faculty position at the University of Utah College of Medicine and in 1970, he became the chairman of the newly created Department of Family and Preventative Medicine that he chaired until 1984. During that time, he spent many weekends traveling the country looking at programs of Community Medicine as well as Physician Assistant programs. He was instrumental in starting both training programs in Utah. He also chaired the American Heart Association Teaching Fellowship Program and in 1985 the Utah Medical Association named him Physician of the year.
Hilmon taught countless fledging physicians at the University of Utah College of Medicine. It was always a source of pleasure for him to encounter his students in the community and in the field. He experienced personal fulfillment when he saw their good work and dedication to the profession he loved.
He is survived by 5 children, Cynthia Collins, Carolyn Havert, Cy Castle, Chris Castle and Candace Neff, grandchildren, great grandchildren and his two brothers, Deral Grey and Harroll Dean. He is proceeded in death by his oldest brother, Hays.
A private memorial services will take place on Memorial-Day weekend in Mississippi. A marker will be placed and his ashes spread in Bellefontaine and Sapa where his father and mother are respectively buried. To share thoughts and memories with our family please visit

  • Mark Taylor
    Posted at 10:47h, 04 January Reply

    Sorry to hear of Hilmon’s passing. I met him later in life when he took a creative non fiction writing class I taught at the University of Utah. Over the next two years, I worked with him on many stories and essays relating to his childhood in Mississippi and later his military and university of utah affiliation. He was a talented writer, very thoughtful and felt deeply for those who had less opportunity and he. I hope someone in the family has the memoir he was working to complete.

    My condolence to his family.
    Mark A. Taylor

  • Diane Mattocks
    Posted at 13:18h, 04 January Reply

    I am so sorry to hear of Hilmon’s passing. I will forever be grateful for his forward thinking and all that he has done for the medical community in Salt Lake City which has in turn, effected people throughout this country as well as the world. I am glad to have known him as a friend and mentor. My condolences to my friend Linda and his children and families. He was a great man who will be sorely mussed.

  • Ned L. Mangelson, M.D.
    Posted at 08:24h, 05 January Reply

    Hilmon was to me a great mentor and friend. He joined the faculty at the University of Utah College of Medicine during which time I was in medical school. It was my privilege to work with him in Dr. Hans Hecht’s cardiology research laboratory for two summers, where I gained a great admiration for his knowledge and dedication to the practice of medicine. In our later years our association and friendship were enhanced as we served together in the Salt Lake Rotary Club. We will all miss his friendly personality and example of service to mankind. I extend heartfelt sympathy and condolences to his family at this time of separation.
    Ned L. Mangelson, M.D.

  • David Nielson Sundwall
    Posted at 10:03h, 05 January Reply

    Hilmon Castle was one of the most influential people in my life – a friend since 1975, a mentor in my career, and an great example of leadership. He is responsible for the establishment of the Department of Family and Community Medicine ( now the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine [DFPM]), at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and only those of us who were there during the formative years of this effort know how difficult this was to achieve, and the significance of this accomplishment. He was also responsible for establishing the Physician Assistant training program, one of the first in the nation, here in the DFPM, and as a consequence our university has trained hundreds (if not thousands) of health professionals who have provided access to much needed primary health care services for people throughout our state (including rural areas), and elsewhere. Hilmon was also a renown cardiologist and highly regarded among his colleagues in this specialty. I will miss him – his energy, his commitment to access to health care, and his example of integrity. I extend my sincere sympathy to his family, and will strive to live up to the expectations he had of me, and emulate his high standards of patient care and public service.
    David N. Sundwall M.D.

  • heather workman
    Posted at 10:12h, 05 January Reply

    Dear Candy:

    So sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. My dad thought a great deal of him! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this tender time. Heather Muir Workman

  • Murray and Georgina Ford
    Posted at 21:13h, 08 January Reply

    Our sincere condolences to all the family from Murray and Georgina Ford and family. I had the distinct privilege of working with Dr. Castle for several years and always admired his tenacity and determination. He has left a wonderful legacy and you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Steve and Marianne Burton
    Posted at 11:17h, 14 January Reply

    Dear Cy, Leslie, and family,
    We extend our sincere condolences to you and your family. Although we did not know your father personally, from what we’ve read and heard from others, he was a very accomplished person who did much good and overcame various obstacles with hard work, determination, and perseverance–qualities that are most admirable and worth emulating.
    May you be blessed with solace and peace.
    Steve and Marianne Burton

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