Dr. C. Neal Jepson

December 3, 1931January 13, 2014
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Dr. C. Neal Jepson, 82, passed away at home surrounded by his family on January 13, 2014, after a lengthy battle with mesothelioma. A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Dr. Jepson served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and briefly studied fine arts at the University of Iowa prior to graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Liberal Arts. He married his high school sweetheart and true love of his life, Donna Mae Ferrell, in September 1953. After obtaining a degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and completing an internship at Broadlawns Hospital in Des Moines and a residency in ophthalmology in Iowa City, Neal moved his burgeoning family to Colorado Springs in December 1963, joining the Colorado Springs Eye Clinic. In 1971 he established his own practice, Eye Associates of Colorado Springs, which remains today as a leader in regional ophthalmic care.

Dr. Jepson was a renaissance man in every sense—a talented artist, avid golf and tennis player, voracious reader, committed and compassionate physician, and loving family man. Music was also a particularly important element in his life. Until he retired from practicing medicine in 2006, Neal treated many thousands of patients and was renowned as intelligent yet plain spoken, and serious about his profession yet unafraid to inject humor into his treatment. In fact, he was perhaps as well known for his mental storehouse of jokes and stories—and a talent for telling them—as for his medical expertise. With a dose or two of wit, the good doctor was always in.

Although retired from full-time practice, Dr. Jepson continued to provide care to the medically underserved community by volunteering his services at Peak Vista Health Center. For his outstanding efforts, in 2012 and 2013 he was presented with several accolades, including the local Spirit of the Springs Celebration Award (presented by Mayor Steve Bach) and the statewide Volunteer Clinician Award by the Colorado Community Health Network.

Dr. Jepson is survived by his adoring (and adored) wife of 60 years, Donna, children Dan of Denver, Tom (Julie) and Eric (Amy) of Colorado Springs, Doug (Stephanie) of Fort Collins and Kathy Jepson Flock (Tom) of Loveland, as well as nine grandchildren and his brother Jim (Marilyn) of Castle Pines and sister Nancy of The Woodlands, TX.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Pikes Peak Hospice or Peak Vista Community Health Centers, 722 Wahsatch, Colorado Springs 80903. The family extends its sincere thanks to Pikes Peak Hospice for the special and loving care provided to Neal. A memorial service will be held at 1:00pm Saturday, January 25, 2014, at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Avenue, followed by a reception in his honor at the El Paso Club, 30 E. Platte Avenue, between 2:00 and 5:00 PM.

Arrangements under the direction of Swan-Law Funeral Directors, Colorado Springs, CO.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 25, 2014

Dr. C. Neal Jepson

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January 28, 2014

Dear Donna and Family,

Bob and Margaret Willard and their family send their sincerest condolences on your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

January 25, 2014

God bless Neal and the extraordinary legacy he leaves behind. Thank You for all the great years and fond memories. You will always be remembered in our thoughts and prayers.
Steven & Meredith Knutson

John Al/Stef Matusek/Belmont

January 23, 2014

This man will be truly missed but not forgotten. Our visits to the Springs will not be the same. Prayers to the entire "special" family.

LuAnn Dvorak

January 21, 2014

Although I never met Dr. Jepson face to face, I've had a special email friendship with him for the past three and a half years. Eight of his lovely retinal drawings from the early 1960's are featured in my book the Lost Art of Retinal Drawing, more images than any of the other "artists," and I was so lucky to make some connections and get two more of his drawings published, one as a journal cover and one in a journal article that I wrote with my coauthor Dr. Steve Russell. Dr. Jepson thanked me profusely for the recognition, and I thanked him for his stories and his art.

I want to offer my deepest sympathy to his family. He was quite a wonderful man.

Ginger Dodge

January 20, 2014

Kathy & Tom, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Judy Childers

January 20, 2014

Dr. J
You were way too young to go.
It was a privilege to serve as your office nurse for 10 years.
You were the best. Peace to you and your family.
Judy Childers

Musette Grage

January 19, 2014

Dear Flock and Jepson families,

I am sorry for your great loss. Your husband, Dad, grandfather, brother, friend was such an extraordinary man!
A pillar in our community and beyond.
May we all live so well.....


Rusty & Evie Wicks

January 17, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are
with all of you. Neil was such a
fine wonderful man. He will be
missed by all who loved and appreciated him.

Sandra Jepson Rothfork

January 16, 2014

My deepest condolences to Donna and all of Neal's children and grandchildren. The Jepson family has lost a great son.

Jim Jepson

January 16, 2014

Neal, you were my best friend, my mentor, my hero, always there for all of us with a smile, a story, a limerick, you name it, you were always there. When it comes to First Team, you will always be First Team All World.

Your loving brother, Jim