Willard Guard - May 26, 2013Former Aurora resident Willard F. Guard, D.D.S., died Sunday, May 26, 2013 in Colorado.
A celebration of life service was held May 31 at Bethany Lutheran Church.
He was born May 31, 1926 in Aurora to Roy and Clara Guard. An active Boy Scout, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Upon graduation from high school, he served in the U.S. Army and attended OCS in Fort Benning, Ga. He graduated from Hastings College and the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry, receiving his DDS and MSD degrees.
A retired pediatric dentist, he established his practice in the south Denver/Englewood community in 1953.
He was very active in his profession and was a member of the Metro Denver Dental Society, Colorado State Dental Association, and was a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
He organized the Colorado Society of Dentistry for Children, Colorado Society of Pediatric Dentistry, Rocky Mountain Dental Study Club and Metropolitan Denver Dental Study Club. He was a member of the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped, Shriners of North America and El Jebel Temple in Denver, Colo. He was a noted lecturer and published research projects on growth and development and orthodontics.
He enjoyed his hunting days and training his English Setters for the field. He especially loved to ski with his family and friends and enjoyed other sports, biking, golf, tennis and sailing.
He and his wife, Marjorie, enjoyed a marriage of 63 years.
Survivors include his children, Leslie Hannah, Lynne (Lester) Melonakis, Bruce and Andrew (Halley) Guard; four grandsons, Duff Hannah, Peter Matson, Nicholas and Kevin Guard; two granddaughters, Brooke and Paige Guard; one brother, Dr. Harold Guard.
Memorials are directed to Kids in Need of Dentistry, 2465 S. Downing St., Ste 210, Denver, CO 80218 or Boy Scouts of America.