Lynda P. Faldmo

March 23, 1949 - May 26, 2022
Lynda P. Faldmo

Salt Lake City, UT – Lynda P Faldmo died on May 26, 2022 after a brief illness, while receiving quality care from the doctors and staff at the University of Utah hospital, the very place where she spent her career serving and caring for patients, doctors, and staff for many years. Her final days were spent surrounded by her loving family including her husband Duane H. Gillman, and her children, Richard Faldmo and Lara Katzman. Lynda was born March 23, 1949 and was raised in Salt Lake City, UT by her adoring parents Clarence L. Peterson and Barbara B. Peterson. Her parents provided a loving household throughout her childhood and supported in all of her challenges and achievements.

Throughout Lynda’s life, she took every chance possible to express the love she held for her son and daughter as well as her two grandchildren, Noah and Abrah. She put great value into teaching her family by example through a message of Love and Service. For her son Rich, Lynda gave unconditional support and counsel through all of his endeavors with great loving care. For her daughter Lara, Lynda saw her become an excellent mother to her own children and she deeply admired the spirit of service her daughter continues to give. Lynda loved watching her grandchildren grow into highly successful, intelligent, and poised young adults and her life was enriched by the close relationship she had with them. Later in her life, Lynda developed a close relationship with her sister Michelle Pell, a high school teacher who lives in South Korea.

Lynda shared the last ten years of her remarkable life with her husband Duane, and she gave to him the happiest years of his life. Within their loving relationship, they supported each other in every way imaginable. Lynda offered valuable guidance and counsel to her husband both professionally and personally. Their companionship can only be described as a gift from God in which they shared everything together, from the challenges to the celebrations and from the court room to the golf course.

Lynda proudly earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Utah in 1982. Her nursing career at the U hospital progressed all the way from the emergency room to the position of Chief Nurse in the Intermountain Burn Center. It was during this time that Lynda offered her gift of service. The excellent care she and her team gave to patients lead to the recognition that the U Burn Center was the finest in the region.

When Lynda was 42 years old, she made a brave decision to further her own education and used her life savings and retirement savings to begin attending law school. Upon completion of her legal education at the University of Utah in 1994, she returned to serving the U hospital in the position as Director of Risk Management. While in that position, she worked to serve the doctors and other medical staff by responding to, and managing all malpractice claims for the entire hospital and medical school. During this time, she worked tirelessly to assess, negotiate, and determine the most fair and just outcomes possible for both patients, doctors, and medical staff involved. During the 20 years she served in this position, the great care she gave to her work resulted in no increases in malpractice insurance cost to the university hospital despite that there were significant increases in patient care during the same time period. As was her service as a registered nurse, Lynda performed the highest quality work possible in the position of risk management.

She is survived by her loving husband Duane H. Gillman, her son Richard Lynn Faldmo (Tammy Wright), her daughter and son in law Lara and Ron Katzman, her grandchildren Noah and Abrah Katzman, and her half-sister Michelle H. Pell.

A program celebrating Lynda’s life of love and service will be held at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday June 4th at 3pm followed by a celebration of her life from 4-6pm at the same location. All who were touched by Lynda’s love and service are welcomed to join in celebration and sharing of stories. The service will be live-streamed and may be viewed by returning to this page where a “Watch Service Live” button will appear. The service will remain on here for all to watch on demand. In lieu of flowers, donations to the University of Utah Medical Center in Lynda Faldmo’s name are appreciated.