Science & Technology
Dr. Craig Lang Booth (1944- )
Dr. Craig Lang Booth is the son of Fred and Marie Lang Booth and a fifth generation resident of St. George. As a youth, he shined shoes and passed papers to many of his future patients. Craig is a graduate of Dixie High, Dixie Junior College, the University of Utah, and the University of Utah Medical School. After a two-year residency at UCLA-Harbor General Hospital, he returned to St. George where he served the community as a general practitioner, delivering over 2,500 babies and 200 gall bladders and affectionately earning him the nickname “Doc Booth.” He later became the first medical director of Dixie Regional Medical Center and president of the medical staff.Craig served as president of the Utah Medical Association and the Great Basin Physician Corporation, and in 1994 was named Utah Doctor of the Year. He served on the Dixie Regional Medical Center’s governing board for 20 years and the Intermountain Healthcare board for three years. Craig was a founding member of The Village Bank, the St. George Exchange Club, the Virgin River Land Preservation Association, and the local United Way. He also found time to serve on the St. George Water and Power Board and the Spirit of Dixie Committee. For 18 years he taught physiology—or rather the “facts of life”—to nearly 1,300 students at his beloved Dixie College. Craig served a two-year mission in the North Central States for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his wife, Maureen, later served as president of the Arizona Phoenix Mission from 2002-05. For more than 40 years “Doc Booth” has practiced medicine in Washington County and currently works in Acute Rehab and the Wound Clinic at Dixie Regional Medical Center. He was awarded the first “Giant of the Medical Center” by the hospital. He loves his work and most of his patients, and plans to die in the halls of the hospital. Craig holds a private pilots license, has hiked “The Subway” in Zion National Park more than 120 times, and inadvertently forced the park service to install a lottery system to control the crowds. He is married to the former Maureen Haslam. They have five children (all graduates of Dixie College) and 14 grandchildren.