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George Benton Irons, Jr.

October 14, 1933 ~ October 20, 2017 (age 84)

Dr. George Benton Irons, Jr (1933-2017)


George (“Pete”) Irons of Fountain Hills, AZ, beloved husband, father, and brother, passed away peacefully on October 20, 2017.

He was born in Lewisburg, West Virginia and raised on his family’s dairy farm in rural Monroe County.  He attended a two room school for eight years then moved on to Greenbrier Military School.  He pursued his higher education at West Virginia University and the Medical College of Virginia School of Medicine.   In 1963, Dr. Irons began performing general surgery with a private practice in Huntington, West Virginia.  In 1971 Dr. and Mrs. Irons and their children, moved to Rochester, Minnesota where he began his specialty training in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery at Mayo Clinic.  He later joined the staff and continued to build his esteemed reputation as a respected micro-vascular, plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon, at both Mayo Minnesota and Mayo Arizona.  His professional awards, contributions and accolades are many: among them he was Director of the burn unit at Saint Mary’s Hospital, Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery - Mayo Medical School where he was named as Teacher of the Year, Chair of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Chair of the Outpatient Surgery and Procedures Committee, Chief of surgery at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital, and Director of the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale Ambulatory Surgery Center.  He retired and attained emeritus status after 22 years of service. He was revered by his colleges, respected by his students and loved by his patients, whom he treated like family.  All three of his children have followed his example  by choosing medical careers focused on the care of others.

Though George made his living as a surgeon, he remained a simple West Virginia country boy at heart.  He knew the value of hard work and determination and was a man of strong faith. He was kind, caring, intelligent, humble, and generous. George was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hiking, camping, sailing, skiing, river rafting, woodworking and playing the Native American flute. 

George was preceded in death by his parents George Benton Irons, Sr, and Anna Ruth Christie Irons, as well as his brother Lewis.  He is survived by his wife of 59 years Sudelle Kiser Irons; children, William Andrew Irons, Susan Christie Irons Rohn, and Stesha Irons Kahl; and grandchildren, Max and Sam Irons, Jeremy and Jason Rohn, and Ranier and Jack Kahl.  He is also survived by his brothers Richard and Robert and sister Janet Metcalf.  He will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him.   


A private gathering to honor George will be held at the family home and cemetery in West Virginia at a later date.  Please continue to celebrate his life through your kind memories. Condolences can be shared at Memorial contributions may be made in George’s name to the Mayo Clinic Foundation, Hospice of the Valley or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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