William King Peck, M.D.


William King Peck, M.D. died June 1, 2006.

Dr. Peck was born June 20, 1920 in Watertown, N.Y. to William and Emogene (Miles) Peck. He grew up in Carthage, N.Y. After graduating from Columbia University in 1943 he obtained his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and then served as a medical officer in the United States Army.

He was certified in diagnostic radiology and therapeutic radiology by the American Board of Radiology. During his varied professional career, he was licensed to practice in Arizona, Florida, Montana, New Mexico, New York and Wyoming. He served as chief of staff in hospitals in several of those states.

Dr. Peck began his private practice in 1950 in what was then the remote beach town of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. His affinity for open spaces led him to move his family to Wyoming in 1972, where he continued his practice in Jackson and Afton and also served as president of the Teton Mountain County Medical Society and as counselor of the Wyoming State Medical Society.

Following the loss of his wife, Adeline, to cancer, he took a sabbatical as a professional western horseman and ranch hand, which led him to Arizona in 1974. In Arizona, he re-emerged in the medical field. He was a member of the Maricopa County Medical Society and of the Arizona Medical Association.

Dr. Peck had three passions in life: medicine, family and the outdoors. Beyond these, he loved reading and writing, which led to a master's degree in humanities from California State University and publication of hundreds of articles and essays, a memoir, and numerous short stories. His book, published in 2003, titled "Gone Country" includes reflections upon his life and medical service in rural Arizona.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia of Overgaard and Young; his son William K. Peck and wife, Carol, of Margate, Fla.; his daughter Sarah Peck and husband, Randy, of Tallahassee, Fla.; his daughter Jane Springer and husband, Fred, of Tallahassee, Fla.; his daughter Mary Peck of Port Angeles, Wash.; his daughter Helen Peck of Lake Oswego, Ore.; his daughter Sue Ann Peck Carlson and husband, Ole, of La Quinta, Calif.; his son David Kinker and wife, Miroslava, of Bend, Ore.; his daughter Tami Densmore and husband, John, of Phoenix; his granddaughter Sarah Henning of Tallahassee, Fla.; his granddaughter Marilyn Gantt of Jacksonville, Fla.; his grandson Forest Mercill and wife, Erica, of Post Falls, Idaho; and his granddaughter Heather Ray Mercill of Angora Hills, Calif.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24 at RTA Hospice, 1789 W. Commerce Drive in Lakeside.

Donations may be made to RTA Hospice Foundation, 1789 W. Commerce Drive, Lakeside, AZ 85929, or to The Nature Conservancy, 1510 E. Ft. Lowell, Tucson, AZ 85719.

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