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DR. DWIGHT MEIERHENRY


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DR. DWIGHT MEIERHENRY Obituary
DR. DWIGHT MEIERHENRY Distinguished D.D.S, philanthropic humanitarian, and beloved friend to many, Dr. Dwight Wesley Meierhenry, was embraced by God's everlasting love and protection Feb. 24, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dwight Meierhenry, or "Doc" as he is fondly referred to by colleagues and friends, will not only be remembered as one of Las Vegas' most influential dentists for his stellar over 50-year career, but also as a tenacious, adventurous, spirited and extensively accomplished man in all of the various avenues of his life. Dwight Meierhenry was born in 1939, Holdrege, Neb., and raised in Lincoln, where he received his degree in dentistry from the University of Nebraska. While in college, Dwight became the president of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and married his long time love, the former Barbara Carey, whom he met in junior high school. Following college, he honorably served our country as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy stationed in San Diego. After his days of serving our nation, he opened the doors of his first dental practice in Las Vegas in 1965 and quickly built up a loyal following of patients. Once established as a successful dentist, "Doc" devoted much of his free time towards mentoring other dentists. He never forgot those who helped him in his early days and felt it was very important to give back to the dental community. He served as president of the Clark County Dental Society (1973-1974), the Nevada Dental Association (1981-1982) and as board member of The Academy of General Dentistry, The Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners, The International College of Dentistry and other notable organizations during his long career. Dr. Meierhenry also spent many years teaching for the University of Nevada Dental School and received UNLV's "Pioneer Award For Twenty Years of Service" in 1992. Throughout the years, he was the recipient of numerous other prestigious awards, such as Pierre Fauchard Academy's Outstanding Contributor to Dentistry Award (1994) and most recently the Fae Alstrom Heritage Award (2015), which is the Southern Nevada Dental Society's equivalent of a lifetime achievement award. Dwight Meierhenry had a voracious appetite for learning and obtained several professional licenses during his lifetime, including his pilot's, real estate and insurance broker's licenses. He was also known for his athletic skills and his accomplishments include induction into the Lincoln High School Athletic Hall of Fame for his participation on the 1955 state champion baseball team, a Pop Warner All-American nomination for football and two holes in one in golf. A lover of classic cars and motorcycles, Dwight was a Harley Davidson enthusiast who advocated travel and encouraged experiencing the world and all it has to offer. Dr. Meierhenry devoted much of his time towards supporting underprivileged youth. His decades of advocacy for and generosity to the Boys and Girls Clubs in the Las Vegas area was immortalized by many plaques and awards. He was also president of the Boy's Club of Clark County in 1981. In life, Dwight Wesley Meierhenry was a revered individual who captivated others with his warm heart, innovative intelligence, generosity and unwavering love for his patients, friends and family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Delsie and Wesley Meierhenry; and his son, Scott Meierhenry. He is survived by his devoted wife, of over 55 years, Barbara; his loving children, Lynn Saylor and Kurt Meierhenry; beloved granddaughter, Marcy Saylor; son-in-law, Skip Saylor; stepgrandson, John Saylor; and two brothers, Kent and Redge. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 17. A celebration of the life and accomplishments of Dr. Dwight Wesley Meierhenry will be at noon Saturday, March 18, both at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89123.
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