Dennis Salisbury was born in 1962 in Walnut Creek, California. He moved with his family to Idaho in 1972 where he lived until graduation from high school in Coeur d’Alene. He attended the University of Idaho, Whitworth University, and the University of Washington College of Medicine, where he met the love of his life Jessie. He completed residency at Phoenix Baptist in 1993 and high-risk OB fellowship in Spokane, Washington in 1994. He moved to Butte, Montana in 1994 and remained in practice there until the time of his death. Dennis was highly respected in the field of Family Medicine both locally and at the state level. He was a member of a group of physicians that is monikered “Grand-doctors:” this title means he served the citizens of Butte long enough to deliver babies to women that he had delivered. He was very dedicated to the care of patients. Nationally he worked tirelessly for patient advocacy through the AAFP and on Capitol Hill; his work impacted many individuals.
Dennis had a great sense of humor and a positive attitude. He was known for his ability to build consensus with wit and thoughtful perspective. He was an active member of St. John’s Episcopal church and then Christ Church Anglican. He was an avid percussionist for the Butte Symphony for many years. He enjoyed reading multiple books simultaneously, dabbling in coffee roasting and telling dad-jokes. He loved his family; traveling; skiing, camping, and hiking in Montana; and collecting various watercraft. His wife and three children as well as his extended family, coworkers and colleagues will ardently miss his loquaciousness, his genuine love of the Lord and his intentionality. They will not however miss his sailboat “… if only that would have gone with him.”
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