John Daniel Wilkes

February 11, 1932February 6, 2014

John Daniel Wilkes was born February 11, 1932 in Damascus, Arkansas. A Southerner at heart, he was proud of his conservative roots, judged a man by the firmness of his handshake, and a lady by her children’s manners. He spent his youth in Little Rock, AK surrounded by loving Aunts, Uncles, cousins, beagles, and glorious pigs!

Dan was a student of life, always curious and always learning. He completed his undergraduate degree in three years, attending Georgia Tech his freshman year and graduating from the University of Washington in 1952. He went on to medical school at George Washington University, where he graduated in 1956 with distinction and was elected into Alpha Omega Alpha, “signifying a lasting commitment to scholarship, leadership, professionalism, and service.” He served his country in the US Army and then began his career as a Pathologist at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD. In 1972, the West was calling, and Dan moved his family to Las Vegas, NV to build and grow Laboratory Medicine Consultants where he worked tirelessly and passionately for 23 years. He supported his community as Chairman of the Nevada State Board of Health and served as a Governor for the College of American Pathologists for eight years. Upon retiring in 1995, Dan moved to Pebble Beach, CA. He was an active member of the Monterey Peninsula Country Club and President of the Del Monte Forest Foundation.

A committed husband, Dan was married to Barbara Wilkes for 51 years. They had five children and eight wonderful grandchildren. They shared a passion for travel, a love of the arts, and a taste for good wine. Their journey was filled with unconditional love, undying commitment, and belly-aching laughter. A true gentleman to the very end, he pulled out her chair at the dinner table every night.

Dan is survived by his wife Barbara, his son Jim Wilkes, wife Laura and grandson Jackson; his son Paul Wilkes, MD, Megan Wilkes and their three children Katie, Ryan and Charlotte; his son Patrick Wilkes, wife Philippa and their daughter Teagan, and his daughter Sarah Purple, husband Ross Purple and three grandsons Sam, Henry and Mack.

A private family Celebration of Life will be held in his honor. Memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA of Monterey County, the Monterey Bay Aquarium or The College of American Pathologist.


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August 10, 2015

John Wilkes

April 1, 2015

July 4, 2014

I am very sorry to hear of Dr. Wilkes' death last February 6th. (just before
his birthday) My condolences go to Barbara, Jim, Paul, Patrick and Sarah and their families.

I worked at Sunrise Hospital Pathology Department when he became
the third pathologist in the group. (1971-1995) He had a cheerful
personality…. and a bonus, for me, was that he spoke clearly when he dictated.
Marian (MIKKI) Woloson

Dr. Yener and Brenda Erozan

February 23, 2014

My husband and I worked with Danny at Suburban Hospital in the early '60s. We have very fond memories of those days. Danny was always interesting and kept the lab lively. We haven't had much contact in recent years, but we remember visiting him and Barbara in Las Vegas. Danny insisted that we use his Jeep to get out of the city and explore the beautiful countryside. I also remember the "hill" in their back yard!
Our sincerest condolences to you all.
Dr. Yener and Brenda (Martin) Erozan

Cynthia Bowman

February 21, 2014

He pulled me into CAP activities and was a supportive role model. I will ever be grateful and impressed by his friendly grace and warmth. The perils of Pauline were easier with him as a sympathetic shoulder.

Anton Sohn, MD

February 21, 2014

Paul, Sorry to hear about your dad. A good man and a long time friend.

Ruth Denton

February 18, 2014

My husband and I worked for Dr. Wilkes in the late 1970's at Sunrise Hospital. Dr. Wilkes was an incredibly kind man who was never too busy to answer a question or solve a problem. Our thoughts are with his family at this time. My husband wrote a condolence today but forgot to sign his name so I will sign for both of us.
Scott Denton and Ruth Denton

February 18, 2014

I was saddened to here about Dr. Wilkes. I worked for him at Sunrise Hospital prior to attending medical school. He was always kind and generous with his time and was very supportive of my application to medical school. His letter of recommendation contributed significantly to my acceptance and I have been eternally grateful. My wife (who also worked for Dr. Wilkes ) and I send our deepest condolences.

LeDon Bonds

February 15, 2014

How sorry I was to receive word that my wonderful sweet cousin had passed away. It was about a year ago that I e-mailed Dan about our uncle Laudis passing away and we wrote a few e-mails to each other. He told me about his family and how proud he was of all of you. He said wonderful things about Barbara and the happy years together. I remember our childhood and growing up together, playing games that are not played any more, but we sure did have fun. It is a very hard time for all of you and having gone through this with my parents and two beautiful grandchildren I feel your pain. At this time one has to let go and let God take over. I send my love and God's blessings to all.

Rusty and Jo Ann Hammond

February 15, 2014

Dear Barbara, Jamie, Patrick, Paul, and Sarah.
Rusty and I were very saddened to learn of your loss. We have been out of touch for a few years, but we have such great memories of our days together at Camp Galilee, Christ Church, and Cursillo. We will never forget Dan in his Mad Hatters hat as you both led Cursillo! And traveling to Boulder City in your motorhome for Cursillo potlucks.
Your Christmas parties were such fun and watching your children mature,how proud you and Dan were of them.
Please help each other through this difficult time. We have both lost our parents and it leaves such a sad and empty heart. Barbara, words can't begin to tell you how saddened we are for you. Please know our love and prayers will continue to surround you and your family. Jo Ann and Rusty Hammond.