IN MEMORIAM: Lincoln Ure '74


The Rev. Lincoln Richard Ure III, Class of 1974, died June 10, 2016 at St. Mark’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, where he had been chaplain for 41 years. 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, He married the love of his life, Maureen O'Hara, in 1969 in Minneapolis. He was the doting father of Heather Ure Dunagan and grandfather of Heather's four incredible children: Owen, Lavinia, Tessa and Clementine.

Ure graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. in Chemistry in 1970, before attending The General Theological Seminary and receiving his M.Div. in 1974. He was ordained a priest by the Rt. Rev. Otis Charles in 1975.

A dedicated teacher and mentor, 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, Ure served on the Board of Trustees for St. Mark's Hospital. He was passionate about ethical issues, and had served on the hospital's Ethics Committee since 1993.

Ure’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, Ure climbed several stories and dissuaded the man from committing suicide. For his efforts, he received the Citizen's Courage Award from the Salt Lake City Mayor's Office in 2003. His achievements in the healthcare field earned him a "Healthcare Hero" award from Utah Business Magazine in 2006.

Ure is survived by his wife, the artist, Maureen O'Hara Ure; daughter, Heather, and her husband, John Dunagan, four grandchildren; sister Carol Ure; 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 Ure’s struggle with primary splenic angiosarcoma. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Road Home at 210 South Rio Grande, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, or to the Lincoln Ure Memorial Fund, c/o Episcopal Community Services, 75 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.

Funeral services with Holy Eucharist were held at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark on June 15, 2016.