LINCOLN RICHARD URE - OBITUARY
1947 ~ 2016
Lincoln Richard Ure III, an Episcopal priest and chaplain at St. Mark's Hospital, died June 10,2016 in Salt Lake City. In his forty-one years at St. Mark's, he counseled thousands of hospital patients and their families, hospital staff, and student chaplains. His kindness, wisdom, moral
courage and irreverent sense of humor will be sorely missed.
Born October 4, 1947 to L. Richard Ure, Jr. and Betty Olander Ure, Linc married the love of his life, Maureen O'Hara, in 1969 in Minneapolis. He was the doting father of Heather Ure Dunagan and besotted grandfather of Heather's four incredible children: Owen, Lavinia, Tessa and
Lincoln graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. in Chemistry in 1970, and from The
General Theological Seminary, New York City, with an M.Div. in 1974. He was ordained priest
by The Rt. Rev. Otis Charles in 1975.
A dedicated teacher and mentor, Father Ure created the first Clinical Pastoral Education Program
in Utah. Since 1987, he was a fully-certified CPE supervisor and served on many committees for
the national Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and was the chair for the 2009 ACPE
national conference held in Salt Lake. He helped establish the first hospice in Utah and was an
active voice addressing end-of-life issues. In 1980, he helped re-open St. Luke's Church, Park
City, and held Sunday services there for eleven years. He was an affiliated priest at the Cathedral
Church for many years. From 1998 to the present, Linc served on the Board of Trustees for St.
Mark's Hospital. He was passionate about ethical issues, and was on the hospital's Ethics
Committee since 1993.
Linc's concern for others was never theoretical. Once, on the way to dinner downtown, he spotted
a distraught stranger threatening to jump from a fire escape. Despite his fear of heights, Linc
climbed several stories and dissuaded the man from committing suicide. For his efforts, he
received the Citizen's Courage Award from the SLC Mayor's Office in 2003. His achievements in
the healthcare field earned him a "Healthcare Hero" award from Utah Business Magazine in
Lincoln is survived by his wife, the artist Maureen O'Hara Ure; daughter Heather and her
husband John Dunagan, four grandchildren Redmond, WA; loving sister Carol Ure, Seattle; and
the many in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins in his lively and affectionate family.
The family is grateful for the devoted care provided by St. Mark's physicians and staff during
Linc's struggle with primary splenic angiosarcoma. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests
donations to Road Home (210 South Rio Grande, SLC 84101) or to the Lincoln Ure Memorial
Fund (c/o Episcopal Community Services, 75 South 200 East, SLC 84111).
Funeral services with the Holy Eucharist will be held at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark, 231
East 100 South, on Wednesday, June 15 at 1:00 p.m.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from June 14 to June 15, 2016