David Jesse Wagstaff, DVM, died Sept.1, 2017, at his home in Pleasant Grove, Utah, at the age of 82 He was born Feb. 22, 1935, in Lehi, Utah, to David Edson and Ida Hayward Wagstaff.
He attended Utah State University in Logan for two years before fulfilling a mission call in Northern California. In 1957, he returned to Utah State to finish his studies as a pre-veterinary medicine student, graduating in 1959. He earned a doctor of veterinary medicine from Cornell University, graduating in 1962 among the top of his class. He then fulfilled Selective Service requirements in the U.S. Public Health Service as an epidemic intelligence officer assigned to work in Texas on rabies control along the Mexican border. His next assignment was to Frederick, Maryland, to study whether Q-fever in large dairy herds and the human population that worked with them. He then conducted research for the National Cancer Institute for one year in East Lansing, Michigan.
After completing a post-doctoral fellowship in toxicology at Utah State University and earning a doctorate in toxicology with an emphasis in poisonous plants that affect humans and animals, he joined the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine as an assistant professor of poisonous plants and toxicology. After four years in Columbia, he took a job with the Food and Drug Administration in Beltsville, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., working in poisonous plants. He presented research reports at the International Poisonous Plants Symposiums in Utah and Scotland and was a visiting scientist at Kew Gardens in London.
He retired and returned to Utah in 1998.
He is survived by his wife, Ann, of Pleasant Grove; three sons, David (Ruth Ann) of Provo, Utah, Andrew (Stephanie) of Lehi, Utah and Terry (Jamie) of Marysville, Washington; one brother, Fred Wagstaff, of Hurricane, Utah; 12 grandchildren and one granddaughter-in law.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 9, in the Pleasant Grove 2nd Ward Chapel, 455 East 200 South, Pleasant Grove. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 8, at Anderson and Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork, Utah, and at the church prior to services from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Burial will be in the American Fork City Cemetery.