Dr. Lillywhite is a native of San Juan County, growing up on a dairy farm in Aztec. It was there that he developed an interest in working with the sick animals, and finding fulfillment in their return to good health. He excelled in the wrestling program at Aztec High School and was an honor graduate. After one year at Brigham Young University he left his education to serve for 2 years as a missionary in Uruguay and Paraguay. Upon his return, he resumed his studies at BYU and received his BS degree with a major in Animal Science. His professional education in veterinary medicine was at Colorado State University, where he graduated in 1981. After a year in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, he returned to San Juan County, where he has since been practicing. Dr. Lillywhite was one of the founders of San Juan Veterinary Hospital in 1984. For many years he practiced in both large and small animal medicine, but since the construction of the new facility in 2001, he has concentrated on small animal medicine. He still finds it rewarding to help animals in need, just as he did as a child.
Dr. Lillywhite says one of his best decisions in life was to marry his wife Jaynann, a very wonderful, capable, and supportive companion since their marriage in 1975. She has had a very positive influence on his life. They have been blessed with 8 children, one of which currently lives at home. The 5 married children have brought 21 grandchildren into the Lillywhite family. Family reunions are a blast.
In addition to time spent in practice and with his family, Dr. Lillywhite has enjoyed serving in various leadership capacities in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He also enjoys the companionship of his Sheltie, Buttercup.