LDS Man Diagnosed with Cancer Completes Bucket List to Visit 100 Temples

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Image via the Newby family.

Calvin Newby diagnosed with liposarcoma, a rare cancer of the connective tissues, completed his goal of visiting 100 LDS temples in his lifetime.

From the time he was diagnosed in 2010 to 2015, Newby underwent four major surgeries, one lung biopsy, one lung ablation (surgery), two rounds of radiation, and three months of chemotherapy. However, this did not deter Newby from living his life to the fullest, Newby said,

I’m not dying of cancer; I’m living with cancer.

In that time of physical hardship, Newby went sky-diving, mountain climbing, rode a mechanical bull named Fu Man Chu, reconnected with a lost friend of over 24 years and traveled all over the world visiting temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Image via Newby family.
Image via Newby family.

As an active member, Newby loved the spirit of peace that he felt in the Lord’s temples. So he created a goal to visit 100 temples, long before he was diagnosed with cancer, however the onset of his cancer created an urgency for him to accomplish this goal. Newby visited 100 temples with his wife of 35 years, Joan. Below is a list of the temples he visited, starting in 2010:

  • 43. Oquirrh Mountain, Utah – 2010 – Diagnosed with Cancer
  • 44. Albuquerque, New Mexico – 2011
  • 45.Snowflake, Arizona – 2011
  • 46. Monticello, Utah – 2011
  • 47. Columbia River, Washington – 2011
  • 48. Kona Hawaii – 2012
  • 49. Winter Quarters, Nebraska- 2012
  • 50. Columbus, Ohio – 2012
  • 51. Medford, Oregon – 2012
  • 52. Vancouver, Canada – 2012
  • 53. Billings, Montana – 2012
  • 54. Brigham City, Utah – 2013
  • 55. Redlands, California – 2013
  • 56. Gila Valley, Arizona – 2013
  • 57. Denver, Colorado – 2013
  • 58. Kansas City, Missouri – 2013
  • 59. Louisville, Kentucky – 2013
  • 60. Raleigh, North Carolina – 2013
  • 61. Columbia, South Carolina – 2013
  • 62. Atlanta, Georgia – 2013
  • 63. Birmingham, Alabama -2013
  • 64. Nashville, Tennessee – 2013
  • 65. Memphis, Tennessee  2013
  • 66. Baton Rouge, Louisiana – 2013
  • 67. Houston, Texas – 2013
  • 68. Dallas, Texas – 2013
  • 69. San Antonio, Texas – 2013
  • 70. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – 2013
  • 71. Lubbock, Texas – 2013
  • 72. Calgary, Canada – 2014
  • 73. Edmonton, Canada – 2014
  • 74. Detroit, Michigan – 2014
  • 75. Toronto, Canada – 2014
  • 76. Boston, Massachusetts – 2014
  • 77. Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada – 2014
  • 78. Palmyra, New York – 2014
  • 79. Manhattan, New York – 2014
  • 80. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – 2014
  • 81. Gilbert, Arizona – 2014
  • 82. Phoenix, Arizona – 2014
  • 83. Melbourne, Australia – 2014
  • 84. Sydney, Australia – 2014
  • 85. Brisbane, Australia – 2014
  • 86. Ogden, Utah – 2014
  • 87. St. Paul, Minnesota – 2015
  • 88. Bismarck, North Dakota – 2015
  • 89. Brazil – 2015
  • 90. Asuncion, Paraguay – 2015
  • 91. Regina, Canada – 2015
  • 92. Panama City, Panama – 2015
  • 93. San Jose, Costa Rica – 2015
  • 94. Hermosillo Senora, Mexico – 2015
  • 95. Colonia Juarez Chihuahua, Mexico – 2015
  • 96. Denmark – 2015
  • 97. Unlisted
  • 98. Switzerland – 2015
  • 99. France – 2015
  • 100. Germany – 2015

Newby had planned to hit #101 with the Payson temple on May 20, 2015. Unfortunately Newby passed away on May 19, 2015 at 5:00 P.M. Newby’s obituary detailed his amazing life and accomplishments.

Image via Newby family.
Image via Newby family.

To see more pictures of his visit around the world visiting 100 temples, go to the family’s Facebook page.

Bridget is a newsroom writer at LDS.net. She graduated in April 2015 from Brigham Young University in communications with an emphasis of public relations. She served a Spanish speaking LDS mission in McAllen, Texas. She is a skilled pianist and an expert baker of chocolate chip cookies.