Latter-day Saint goes from small-town Idaho farm boy to engineering pioneer

Despite his extensive list of accomplishments, Wayne Quinton describes himself simply. "I love to design and build things, that's who I am." He adds with a laugh, "The nice part is that I'm good at it."

For the man who is considered by many as the father of the bioengineering field, his description is modest. Brother Quinton, a Mormon Church member of the Shoreline Ward, Seattle Washington Shoreline Stake, has a substantial inventory of life-saving medical devices to his name including the lightweight treadmill (yes, the one we run on).

As the foreman of the University of Washington's medical instrument shop for 10 years, Brother Quinton effectively married the field of medicine with the field of engineering. He designed and collaborated with physicians on more than 40 devices. His unlikely transformation from a small-town farm boy to engineering pioneer was spurred by his constant pursuit of knowledge.

"I was not afraid to ask 'Why?' " he said. "And I was never afraid to do something difficult."

Brother Quinton's childhood on a small farm in Rigby, Idaho, nurtured his natural mechanical prowess. As the only child of Depression-era farmers, he was his father's prime helper. "Early on I was doing things most kids couldn't," he said. "I was good at keeping things repaired."

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