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Brian Douglas Hunter ('79 DVM) - August 19, 2020
On August 19, 2020, Dr. Brian Hunter was released from his battle with kidney cancer at the age of 66. He passed away at home, having spent his last months in the care of his family. He leaves behind his wife, Gail; two children, Mikayla and Kyle Hunter; and his sister Dianne Hunter (John Hurst). Dr. Hunter grew up in Spokane and devoted 40 years of his life to practicing veterinary medicine. He took over the Hunter Veterinary Clinic from his father, Dr. Fritz Hunter, who built the clinic with his wife Patricia in 1953. He was the president of the Inland Empire Veterinary Medical Association for 27 years, and was honored as "Veterinarian of the Year" by the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association in 2008, in recognition of his contributions to the field. In addition, he was given many awards for running the best veterinary clinic in Spokane. His practice focused on small animal medicine, and he also treated the large cats at Cat Tales Endangered Species Conservation Park. Though he retired last year, Dr. Hunter continued to serve as president of the board of the Spokane Pet Emergency Clinic, even conducting video conferences from his hospice bed. Dr. Hunter was passionate about education and community service. He organized continuing education events for veterinarians and developed a bite prevention program to teach children safety around pets. During his college years he served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was a longstanding member and Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary Club 21 of Spokane and served on its International Service committee. An avid fisherman, Brian enjoyed spending summers fishing with his son in Alaska and in the lakes around Idaho and Eastern Washington. He had a wonderful sense of dry humor. In 2019, he and his wife moved to the Puget Sound area to begin their retirement. Gail and Brian grew up together; their parents had been best friends since kindergarten and their families shared Thanksgivings and other family gatherings. They were married for 35 years. In accordance with his wishes, his family will not be holding a memorial service. Dr. Hunter was an alumnus of Washington State University and remained a life-long Coug fan. The family asks that any memorial donations be sent to the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, to help the next generation of veterinarians.
Published in Spokesman-Review on Aug. 30, 2020.
Michael Gary Mason ('68 DVM) - July 21, 2019
Mike was born in Bremerton, Washington July 6, 1935 and died from complications of an infection on July 21, 2019 in Auburn, WA at age 84. He grew up in Seattle graduating from Cleveland High School in 1953. He attended Washington State College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1958. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and met his future wife at WSU. He returned to Washington State University graduating with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1968. He was still a passionate Cougar football fan and season ticket holder.
He served in the US Air Force 1958 to 1963. During his honorable military career, he earned his wings as a jet pilot and later served as a courier during the "Cold War", stationed in Istanbul Turkey. One of the many special assignments from Europe to the Pentagon, he and a fellow officer received a "Commendation" from President John Kennedy for outstanding work. A summer job at Renton's Longacres Race Track, led to a career in the Thorough-bred Racing world. After leaving WSU he returned to the Renton oval as a practicing veterinarian until the racing industry moved to Emerald Downs in Auburn and him with it. He was honored in 2013 with the White Horse Award from the Race Track Chaplainry.
Mike always had an active sense of humor and a quick wit. He enjoyed a puff on a good cigar, but was quick to tell you that he didn't inhale. He was also a Life sponsor of Ducks Unlimited.
He is survived by his wife Joan, of 62 years, and son Michael Ryan Mason, grandsons, Mackenzie and Reid Mason, nieces and nephews and many cherished friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Patrick and LouEtta Mason, his brother Terry and nephew Devin Mason.
A Celebration of Life memorial will be held August 10th at Emerald Downs Race Track 12:30-2:30pm in the Emerald Room.
Remembrances are suggested to the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, Pulman WA 99164, or a local charity of your choice.
Published in The Seattle Times on Aug. 4, 2019.
Richard Dean Reid ('53 DVM) - April 7, 2020
If you’ve ever felt compelled to forfeit your sleep in order to deliver a calf at 2:00 a.m., or set a cat’s broken leg hours after a full day of work, or perhaps, console a grieving family after the passing of their family dog, then you’d know more about Dr. Richard Reid.
After trading their house for a new car (during the Great Depression in 1934) in Irene, South Dakota, Dr. Dick’s parents moved their three young sons out to the Willamette Valley to set up their new lives in Albany. Dick and his two brothers, Bob and Roger, attended school at Central Elementary and Albany High School (when they weren’t out doing constructive things like making faces at girls and throwing rocks at stuff).
As a kid, Dick went on many farm calls with his dad. He met many farmers but only one farmer’s daughter, Jeannette Reiley from Crabtree. After dating in high school and college, they were married in 1948 and their love affair never ended. Richard attended Willamette University and Washington State University where he earned his doctorate degree in veterinary medicine in 1953. He began his veterinary practice with his dad and brother shortly thereafter.
Although their practice ran on a 24-hr schedule (that came with a standard zero to three hours of sleep for the on-call vet), Dick found enough time to immerse himself in community service. He simply loved Albany.
He was the president of Kiwanis and winner of Albany's Distinguished Service Award. He, along with Jeannette, was a founding member of the Albany Tennis Club. He was also past president of the Club. After having grown up in downtown Albany, Dick was a passionate supporter of downtown businesses and the people who ran them. Whether it was Cleo’s, Long’s Shoe Store, or Bickman’s in the early days or, more currently, Loafers, Vault 244, Sweet Red, The Depot, Sybaris, The Natty Dresser and The Pix… he loved them all.
He and Jeannette were among the earliest supporters of the Carousel project. They were each volunteer carvers but their most proud moment came with the completion of the animal they sponsored and named, Quigga the Quagga.
Dr. Dick was also a supporter of his professional associations. He was the past president of the WSU veterinary alumni association. He was the past president of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association as well as Oregon’s representative to the American Veterinary Medical Association. He served on the board of directors for the Oregon Animal Health Foundation and was appointed by the governor to be on the Oregon Racing Commission (one of two governor-appointed honors in his life, also serving on the State of Oregon Parole Board).
Dick taught his kids about loyalty, whether to the family, friends, the community, church, or your school. To him, his kids could do no wrong and his grandkids were on the level of Tom Brady, Mark Twain, or Madame Curie… at least. He was a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, Episcopalian, and Washington State Cougar vowing to the end that there are still 2 seconds on the clock in the 1998 Rose Bowl.
Richard was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Nell, his father, his loving wife of 64 years, Jeannette, and two brothers, Bob and Roger. He leaves behind children Reiley (Mary), Nell, and Tim (Allison), eight grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren with two on the way.
A celebration of life is being planned for late summer or early fall. Memorial contributions may be made to the Albany Historic Carousel.
Published in the Corvallis Gazette-Times on April 16, 2020.
Linda Robinette ('70 DVM) - April 18, 2020
Linda Ruth Robinette, D.V.M., 74, long time owner of the Alpine Animal Hospital, Pullman, WA., passed away April 18, 2020 following a lengthy struggle with cancer. No public funeral service will be held at this time. A Memorial Service is planned once the Covid-19 pandemic subsides.
Walter Krebs ('44 DVM) - February 26, 2020
Dr. Walter Krebs, 99, of Grants Pass, passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2020, weeks short of his 100th birthday.
Dr. Krebs was born in Seattle, Washington. He graduated Queen Anne High School in 1939, attended the University of Washington (1939-1940), and Washington State University (1940-1944), graduating in January 1944 with two degrees, Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He was a private in the U.S. Army Specialized Training Corps for two years at WSU during WWII.
In August 1944, he married Geraldine McNeal in Wenatchee, Washington. They were married more than 75 years. They settled in Grants Pass, built the Redwood Veterinary Hospital, and operated the hospital from January 8, 1948, until Dr. Krebs retired in October 1989.
Dr. Krebs was called back into the Army for two years during the Korean War, 1952-1954.
Dr. Krebs was a member of the Josephine Fair board for 12 years and the Josephine County Board of Health. He was President of the Oregon Veterinarian Medical Association 1973. He was President of the Grants Pass Lions Club (1996-1997) and a 50 year member. He was president of the Grants Pass Nordic Club (skiing and outdoor trips). He was a member of the St. Anne Catholic Church Bible Study Group.
He had many hobbies including hunting, fishing, rafting, RVing, and flying small airplanes. He traveled to Nepal, Africa, Russia, Tahiti, Kauai, Antarctica, Peru, New Zealand, British Columbia, Alaska, and many European countries.
Survivors include his wife, Jerry Krebs; children, Dr. Karen Ireland (Jeff), Kristine Gill (Dwight), and Dr. Karl Krebs (Judy); two grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three older brothers. Dr. Krebs died weeks short of his 100th birthday.
Contributions in his memory can be made to St. Anne Catholic School, Wildlife Image, Grants Pass Lions Club or the organization of your choice.
Dakota "Doc" James Woodard ('15 DVM) - January 17, 2020
Dakota James “Doc” Woodard, a resident of Dorris, California, a veterinarian and lover of animals and life, unexpectedly went to be with his Savior on January 17, 2020 while doing what he loved on his ranch. He was 31 years old.
Doc was born to Scott and Cathy (Fuhrman) Woodard in Alamogordo, New Mexico on February 1, 1988. He graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science and a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University. Doc went on to found Broken W Cattle and Quarter Horses, and owned his veterinary practice with his wife, traveling to provide the best care for animals and their families. He will be remembered by all for his life-giving humor, his compassionate heart, his wit, and his unapologetic approach to living life to its fullest.
Doc is survived by his parents, his wife Kelsey (Ericson) Woodard, whom he married on September 14, 2019, his sister Joscyln (Jonathan) Patrick, grandmother Penny Woodard, and his niece and nephews Addisyn and Truxton Patrick who miss their “Dodo,” in addition to many other relatives who adored him. He is preceded by maternal and paternal great grandparents, maternal grandparents James and Mary Fuhrman, and paternal grandfather Ronald Woodard, and aunt Brenda Peeler.
Dakota’s life will be celebrated by all who loved him with two services. The first is February 22, 2020 at 2:00 PM at the Dorris Community Center. The second service will be in Ruidoso, New Mexico at Angus Church of the Nazarene on February 29, 2020 at noon. A scholarship is being set up in his honor at the Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine as well as for the LaPine Rodeo. You will be missed, cowboy- but we are thankful that by His grace we have the hope that we will see you again, soon.
James C. Moore ('71 DVM) - March 5, 2019
Jim Moore passed away on March 5, 2019 at his home in Kingston, Washington. Jim was born on February 12, 1947 in Spokane, Washington and was the youngest of three siblings, Torge Lorentzen, Monte Moore, and Karen Bjorklund. While attending North Central High School in Spokane, he met his wife of 52 years, Sharon Moore. After he obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 1971, Jim and Sharon moved to Seattle where Jim began his career working at two veterinary hospitals.
In 1972, Jim and Sharon moved to Kingston, where they purchased their first and only home. Shortly thereafter, they purchased the building that would become Apple Tree Cove Animal Hospital. Jim then designed and constructed the current Apple Tree Cove Animal Hospital building down the street from his original practice. He touched many lives through his practice at Apple Tree Cove, where he mentored numerous veterinarians and served the people and pets in the community with skill and compassion. Reluctant to retire from the profession he so loved after selling the business in 2007, Jim continued to practice at Apple Tree Cove and several Kitsap County veterinary hospitals.
Throughout his life, Jim was tireless in his dedication to serving the community. He served as a board member for the Kitsap Humane Society from 2004 to 2012 and served as a volunteer there through 2018, performing spay/neuter surgeries and consulting with the shelter medicine team as a teacher, mentor, and advisor. Jim was also an active member of the Poulsbo Rotary Club for over 30 years, where he served as counselor for the exchange student program, mentoring high school students from around the world and hosting them in his home. Jim further served as a Commissioner and volunteer at the Village Green Metropolitan Park District in Kingston from his election in 2010 until this year, where he was instrumental in establishing the Park District and ensuring its success.
Jim was a bonsai tree enthusiast and spent his free time tending to his many trees. He was also an avid photographer, excelling at both spectacular landscape photography and playful photos of his beloved dog, Zoe, as well as the pets of his many friends and loved ones.
Jim is survived by his wife, Sharon, his daughter, Natalie, and his siblings Torge Lorentzen and Monte Moore of Spokane, Washington. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to either the Kitsap Humane Society or the Village Green Foundation.
Published in Kitsap Sun on Mar. 24, 2019
Michael D. Doherty ('77 DVM) - June 29, 2019
Michael Dale Doherty, DVM, 68, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the University of Washington Medical Center after a short battle with cancer.
Mike leaves behind his wife of 42 years, Laura (Fiorino) Doherty; two daughters, Amelia (Matt) DuBois, Madeline (Ashley) Bach; and two one-year-old grandsons, Elliott and Henry. He also was a step grandpa to Alex Paluszewski.
Mike graduated from high school at Charles Wright Academy in Lakewood, Washington, and received his Veterinary Degree from Washington State University. He owned Lacey Animal Clinic in Lacey, Washington from 1983 until his retirement in 2016.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Dale and Marion Doherty from Lakewood, Washington. He leaves behind his sister, Diane (John) Rorabaugh, and many nieces and nephews. Mike loved golf, animals, travel and getting into mischief with his grandsons. He belonged to Olympia Country and Golf Club, as well as Avondale Golf Club in Palm Desert, California.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, July 21, 2019, 2:00-6:00 p.m. at the Olympia Country and Golf Club. A Tribute will take place 3:00-4:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fred Hutchison Cancer Research or your local Humane Society. Please leave memories at www.FuneralAlternatives.org.
Published in The Olympian on Jul. 14, 2019.
Patrick R. Gavin ('71 DVM) - June 26, 2019
Patrick R. Gavin, 72, passed away after battling prostatic cancer on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at his home in Sagle, Idaho.
Pat was born on February 14, 1947 in Laramie, WY to Charles and Shirley Gavin. He graduated high school in LaGrande, OR and attended Oregon State University for two years and then Washington State University where he graduated with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. He then spent three years in the Army as a Captain in the Veterinary Corps.
Pat married Kathy Kortekass on December 23, 1978 in Ontario, CA. They made their home in Ft. Collins, CO and Pat practiced as a veterinarian. He then attended Colorado State University where he received his PhD in Radiation Biology and completed residencies in radiology and radiation oncology.
Pat was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 1980 and he was a Charter Diplomate of the Radiation Oncology subspecialty. He taught at Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine for 29 years and served as Department Chair of Veterinary Clinical Sciences for 8 years.
After retirement he was active in telemedicine reading MRI studies of animals from around the world. He authored over 200 papers and wrote the original textbook, Practical Small Animal MRI.
He enjoyed boating, skiing, fishing, cooking, traveling, and especially his dogs “Sophie” and “Nikki.”
Pat is survived by his wife Kathy Gavin of Sagle; son Sean (Kristina) Gavin of Sandpoint; daughter Amoreena Corsa (Joseph Garcia) of San Francisco; and brother Michael (Jeanette) Gavin of Long Beach.
He was preceded in death by his parents Chuck and Shirley, and a brother Timothy Gavin.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Gavin residence on Saturday, August 31, 2019.
Donations may be made to Cancer Care Services, 1205 Hwy 2, Ste 101B , Sandpoint, ID 83864.
Donald L. Brust ('64 DVM) - January 30, 2019Dr. Donald L. Brust passed away at his home after a very long battle with cancer. He was born in Minnesota and raised on a cattle ranch in Grangeville, Idaho. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ina; a son "Chip", in Oceanside; a daughter Kathryn, in Salt Lake City, Utah; three grandchildren, Jay, Grant and Taylor Brust of Oceanside. Dr. Brust was former owner of the Oceanside Veterinary Hospital where he practiced large and small animal medicine for 38 years. He retired due to illness and began raising avocados in Bonsall and Fallbrook. He took an active role in his community. He served two terms on the Bonsall School Board. He was active in the local 4-H clubs, helped establish the Soccer Club of Oceanside, was a certified track and field official having officiated in many county and state track meets as a timer. As such, he was selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee to serve as a timer at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and the Olympic National Trials in New Orleans, LA. He was a 50+ year member of Rotary International having served as president of Carlsbad Rotary and a charter member of Bonsall Rotary where he also served as president. In 2018 he received commendation from California Veterinary Medical Association for Outstanding Community and Professional Service Award for 2018.He will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate to know him. A Celebration of Life will be held March 2, 2019 from 3-6 p.m. at the VFW hall at 1175 Old Stage Rd., Fallbrook, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations to the following would be appreciated: Elizabeth Hospice, 500 La Terraza Blvd. #130, Escondido, CA; Rotary Foundation,14280 Collections Dr., Chicago, IL 60693; Wounded Warrior Foundation.
Karla J. Mooers ('86 DVM) - February 12, 2019Karla Jean Mooers of Maple Valley, WA passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Karla was born in Tacoma, WA on September 10, 1959.
She is preceded in death by her father Austin, and is survived by her mother, Beverly, her brothers David (Tami) and Steven (Barbara) and her nieces (Kelsey and McKenna), her nephew (Nicolas) and her grand niece (Ava) and numerous close friends. She is affectionately known as Kar Kar to those closest to her.
Karla graduated in 1986 from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. After working as an associate for 13 years, she achieved her dream of opening the Animal Hospital of Maple Valley. The clinic is a place where all the furry friends were welcome and we often referred to it as the “island of misfit animals”!
An avid sports fan, Karla enjoyed supporting the Cougars and Seahawks but her one true love was the Seattle Mariners! She was always generous in taking someone “out to the ballgame!”
Karla's second love was travelling, especially cruising the world with her family and close friends. In fact, Karla had taken over 34 cruises in her lifetime (243 days at sea!) and travelled to almost all corners of the globe!
Karla was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in May of 2010 and after having surgery her family and larger clinic family rallied around her and formed the team “Kar Kars Crusaders” for the Summerrun at the Rivkin Center at Swedish Hospital.
Karla’s family, would like to give special thanks to Dr. Rivkin and Dr Kaplan as well as the numerous nurses and support staff at Swedish Hospital that gave such loving and attentive care to Karla over the years. We would also like to give a special shout out to Chris Thrash who tirelessly and lovingly cared for Karla.
Karla will be missed dearly by all those who loved her, especially her furry friends!
Happy trails Kar Kar!!
Michael Everett Pfarr ('78 DVM) - May 2, 2019Dr. Michael E. Pfarr, DVM, 73 of Spokane passed away on Thursday May 2, 2019. "Dr. Mike" was born to Philip and Barbara Pfarr on June 21st. 1945. Mike graduated from Shadle Park High School in Spokane, Class of 1964. Mike married Barbara (Bunny) Salvesen in Dec. 1963. They had three children together, Wendy Ann, Laurie Jean and Richard Michael. Mike went on from high school to attend EWU. Prior to finishing his schooling at EWU Mike and his family had a three-and-a-half-year period living in Tacoma WA. while he was working for Norden Labs. Upon finishing his education at EWU Mike was accepted to, and attended the School of Veterinary Medicine at WSU. where he achieved his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. In 1978 immediately upon graduation from WSU, Mike and his family moved back to Spokane from Pullman and began to practice in his father's Clinic, "The Animal Clinic of Spokane." Mike eventually took over his father's practice in 1980. Dr. Mike would continue to practice Veterinary medicine until his retirement in the fall of 2011. After his first marriage ended Mike came to marry Patricia (Patti) Dale in June of 1986 and adopted her two children, Jennifer and Jason, as his own. Dr. Mike loved animals; this love permeated his practice as a Veterinarian. His love for animals seemed to flow seamlessly from his hands into the animals that were in his care, as well as into the hearts of those whose animals he cared for. It was not unusual that an animal in his care during veterinary school would find their way into his home or that countless other dogs and cats after he began to practice would endlessly be at his side, in his vehicle or even, at times, in his pool. Mike never seemed to be without a four-legged companion. Mike enjoyed the outdoors, fly fishing, duck hunting, wood cutting, tending to his garden and property and even plowing snow. Mike spent some of his time as boy and young man in the Okanogan area of Washington working on ranches where his father grew up. Throughout his life Mike got the most enjoyment out of being at Priest Lake Idaho where his parents had a cabin, as well as, the couple of weeks most winters he spent in Hawaii. Mike Pfarr has had a profound influence on all those that he has touched throughout his life's journey through his love for his family, his kindness and generosity towards his friends, his ease and professional temperament with his staff and clients. Those moments in life with Mike will always be cherished by all who knew him. Dr. Mike will be truly missed by the countless people whose animals he healed and hearts he mended but most of all, Mike will be forever loved in the hearts of those who called him Husband, Dad, or Papa. Mike was preceded in death by his brother, Jeffery Philip Pfarr, and daughter Wendy Ann Kindred. Mike is survived by his wife Patricia, sister Mary Meg (Gary) Vanantwerp. Daughters, Laurie Pfarr and Jennifer (Jim) McDonald, sons Richard (Kristie) Pfarr and Jason (Leasa) Pfarr and 11 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to ARC of Spokane. A memorial service with reception immediately following will be held to celebrate his life on Monday June 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM. at St. Thomas More Parish Located at 515 W. St. Thomas More Way, Spokane WA. 99208.
Published in Spokesman-Review on May 26, 2019
John James Curtis ('67 DVM) - March 21, 2019
Preceded in death by Jesus of Nazareth and Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch, Dr. Jim “Kicker” Curtis died suddenly of a heart attack on Thursday, 21 March 2019. Some know him as Jim, while others shout out Kicker, Doc, Dad(dy), Grandpa, Poppa Doc and, among a select few, dirty rotten S.O.B.
Born John James Curtis on 7 February 1943 to John Lorenzo and Grace Caroline Pearce Curtis in Great Falls, Montana, Jim spent his early days kicking every which way and, thus, earned his lifelong moniker, Kicker, granted by his older, adoring sister Barbara Ann. Much to his entire Griz family’s disappointment, Kicker became a Bobcat (Montana State University) and, causing his Husky daughter further disappointment, completed his degree in veterinary medicine at Wazzu (Washington State University) in 1967. Post-degree, Kicker was gallantly drafted into the Army as Captain Curtis, and enjoyed the barrack amenities at several stateside stops before launching on his international adventure to South Korea (8thArmy-Korea), where he served as veterinarian to the sentry dog units and met the greatest love of his life, military brat Gaelen Elizabeth Schell. Kicker easily lured Gaelen to the wide open spaces of central and, later, eastern Montana. The hope-filled couple married in 1970 and moved to Malta to establish the Phillips County Veterinary Clinic and his title as “Doc,” and also to wrangle cattle, sheep, horses, haying equipment, each other and three children, Rieder William Curtis, David Lorenzo Curtis, and Katherine Jean Curtis.
At his heart, Kicker was a renaissance cowboy, captivated by history, art, genealogy, geology, anthropology, sociology, theology, music, poetry and the stars while maintaining expertise in biology and animal science, and proficiency in mending harness. Consequently, he could, and did, talk with anyone, anywhere, anytime. Of further consequence, Kicker made lifelong and dear friends at each twist and turn on his journey. Kicker devoted himself to many community organizations and events. While much of the early years were focused on the Stockman Bar and the Milk River Wagon Train, the balance eventually tipped in favor of the Montana Veterinary Association (Past President), Freemasons (Past Worshipful Master), York Rite, Algeria Shrine (Past Potentate), Order of the Eastern Star (Past Worthy Patron), Malta Lutheran Church, his recovery (1989), and his family.
Kicker is survived by his wise sister Barbara, his courageous wife Gaelen, his competent to semi-competent children Rieder, David, and Katherine “Katie,” his Landusky-loving grandchildren Sydian and Rowan (Rieder and Karen), Daphne (David and Penelope), Jonah, Lee, Vida, Daniyah and Deayjah (Katherine and Aaron), and his long-loved nieces and nephews Jean, Karen, Keith, and Stephen (Barbara and Larry). What also lives on from our Kicker, our Doc, our Dad, our friend, and our partner: his love and compassion, his jokes and wit, his work and wrecks, and the genuine joy and hope that gleamed from his beautiful brown eyes. A river of tears wider than the Missouri follows his unexpected death, and is borne of the boundless love for you and me that he held in his heart.
Masonic rites, the retiring of his Shrine Fez, and your memories will be shared at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 28 March at Kirkwood Funeral Home. Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, 29 March at the Malta Lutheran Church with luncheon served. Burial rites will follow on the Curtis family property in Landusky. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, please send your jewels and cash dollars in memory of Algeria Shrine Past Potentate John James Curtis to the Shriners Hospitals for Children by mail at Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL 33607, or online at https://donate.lovetotherescue.org.
Although we do not have a last request from Doc, or Jim, or Kicker, or whatever name you might know him by, we believe he would enjoy one everlasting guffaw: So, in his honor, please attempt to eat a banana. Because once you peel the banana and throw out the bone, well, the joke is on you and his love is in your laugh.
Caroline Wells Donaldson ('97 DVM) - May 1, 2019
Caroline Wells Donaldson passed away at Carle Foundation Hospital on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, after a four-year struggle with ovarian cancer.
Caroline was born June 18, 1964, the third child of Malcolm M. Donaldson and Deborah J. Donaldson.
Caroline is survived by her three children, Fiona I. A. Coleman, Quentin A. Coleman and Forrester W. Coleman. The children have the support of their father, David A. Coleman, to help them through this difficult time. Also in mourning are Caroline’s siblings, Hamilton M. Donaldson, Adele D. Donaldson and Thomas C. Donaldson, and their respective families; and a multitude of friends, near and far, accumulated over the course of an all-too-brief but well-lived life.
Caroline earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., in 1997. She and her family took up residence in Champaign-Urbana in 2000. Caroline worked as a board-certified veterinary toxicologist at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.
A restless spirit from a family of restless spirits, Caroline lived in a number of places in her life before settling in Illinois. As a child, she spent many days skiing with her family and developed a lifelong love for riding horses. Everyone who knew Caroline basked in the light of a woman possessed of an iron will, sharp mind, strong opinions and a fiercely independent character; they were the qualities that the people close to her most admired. Without the light of Caroline’s character, the world is a little bit darker for those who knew and loved her, less brilliant, less dazzling. Caroline was loved, and she will be missed.
Caroline’s family would like to thank the wonderful medical professionals at Carle for all the skill and compassion they brought to bear in helping Caroline fight the good fight and the care they showed helping ease her to that which is beyond.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, Caroline’s family would ask that people contribute to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, so that they can continue to do the good work to which Caroline dedicated herself to doing.
Condolences may be offered at owensfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The News-Gazette (Champaign, IL) on May 19, 2019.
William Dale Prichard ('59 DVM) - April 4, 2019
Dr. William Prichard, 4th generation Oregonian, veterinarian, farmer, father of 6 daughters
Dr. William (Bill) Prichard, beloved father of six daughters, and devoted husband to Ellie Prichard (née Faltus), passed away on April 4th, 2019. He was at home, surrounded by family.
Bill left this world a month shy of his 90th birthday. To misquote the great Welsh bard, Dylan Thomas, Bill “did not go gentle into the good night.” Even at the age of 89, he never gave up. Despite battling Parkinson’s in later years, he maintained a vibrant, active lifestyle until the very end. Bill enjoyed boxing lessons, exercise class and weekly trips to the pool with his daughters and friends. He traveled with his wife to visit children and grandchildren and played with grandkids at the family’s Sunriver home. He took long walks, gloried in the beauty of flowers and trees, and eagerly spotted the great blue heron that frequented the creek in his backyard. He loved his farm on the banks of the Santiam. Whether it was working cattle, irrigating a field, patching a fence, or plowing a field, being outdoors made Bill happy. He also loved books, good conversation, clever repartee, and most of all, his wife and partner of 61 years, Ellie, their six daughters, 11 grandchildren and 6 son-in-laws.
Bill was born on May 7, 1929 at his parents’ home near Stayton, Oregon; he was a 4th generation Oregonian whose great-grandfather, great-grandmother and granddad (a babe at the time) traveled across the country on the Oregon Trail. Bill’s parents, Kora (née Lee) Prichard and William Jennings Prichard, farmed cattle, hay and corn on the Santiam River. The second of six children, Bill grew up with an unshakable sense of family and respect for the outdoors. He worked side-by-side in the corn fields and milk barns with his older brother Larry, and his younger siblings, Pete (Gail), Marge, Rob and Mike. During the Depression, he helped support the family by picking up hours at the local cannery while juggling school and farm chores. Bill was a talented athlete and loved sports, although his family commitments always came first. As a youth he sang, whistled, played string instruments, and perfected the latest steps at local dances—activities he’d enjoy the rest of his life.
Throughout his life, Bill exhibited a keen thirst for knowledge. He started 1st grade at age five at the one-room school-house at Weasel Flats where his aunt taught. Except for a few practical jokes, like hiding firecrackers in hand-drilled holes in the firewood destined for the school’s wood stove, he was an exemplary student. He was first of his family to go to college and attended Oregon State University. Money was tight. He lived in a small borrowed trailer with no heat or electricity; during breaks, he logged with his dad to pay for tuition and books. Bill’s first degree (OSU ’50) was in dairy manufacturing (he had a life-time love of ice cream).
In 1951, Bill's education was interrupted by the Korean War. He’d enrolled in ROTC with the dream of being a pilot, but a SNAFU with his acceptance paperwork, which was one day late in arriving, resulted in him joining the Army. He served in Korea in the 180th Infantry Regiment, APO 86 and received commendation for his service as platoon leader and executive officer. He enjoyed working with the South Korean forces, and spearheaded efforts to provide them with food, clothing and housing equal to the US troops. He arranged for the now defunct Crater Lake Creamery to send an ice cream machine to his base so he could mix the frozen concoction for his fellow soldiers—USA and Korean. Leaning on his outdoor skills, Bill was in charge of mountain-training a hand-picked Korean combatant team, which served with distinction. He was a leader who cared about his men. During an attack at Cheorwon he was wounded by a mortar strike. Despite his injuries, he kept moving—walking more than seven miles through the battle field to help the fallen. He received a Purple Heart for his service.
When Bill returned state-side, he put the G.I. Bill to use. He rethought his career choice and applied to Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. While earning his doctorate, he met Eleanor Ann Faltus at a school dance. Bill was so impressed with Ellie, he talked his way past the “dorm mother” at Ellie’s sorority in order to ask her out on a date. She accepted. Despite Ellie’s “city” background (her father, Otto, owned a car dealership in Ellensburg, WA), and Bill’s farming roots, the two had much in common—both cherished their families and wanted to start their own. They married in 1957, forming a union that would last until his death.
They had their first daughter, Pam, in Pullman, WA; Ellie had graduated with her B.A., and Bill finished his final year of veterinary school. Bill found work in Oregon with the federal department of veterinary services. The job meant a lot of driving to remote ranches where he’d vaccinate big herds against infectious diseases like brucellosis. He enjoyed good conversation with the old-time ranchers and farmhands. The family lived in Prineville for a time, where their second daughter, Nancy was born.
Ever thirsty for knowledge, Bill went on to attend the University of Wisconsin and earned an MA in Veterinary Epidemiology. Bill and Ellie’s third daughter, Ellen, was born in Madison. Upon graduation, Bill accepted a job with the USDA in Boise, Idaho. His work took him to remote parts of the US, Canada, and Mexico, focusing on the control and eradication of diseases like brucellosis, hog cholera, and equine encephalitis. He enjoyed working with big animals, and jumped at the chance to inoculate reindeer in Alaska, buffalo in Canada and wild hogs in Georgia. In Mexico he worked with cattle and horse ranches so vast they straddled the US/Mexico borders. His 4th and 5th daughters, Lea Ann and Leslie were born in Boise.
Frequently on the road, Bill spent his free time well. He exercised daily, explored local historic sites and scoured second-hand stores for old books. He started collecting historic tomes in high school--his eventual collection numbered in the thousands and the range of topics reflected his vast curiosity of the world.
Bill moved up in the federal hierarchy and accepted a position that took him and his family on 3-6-month stints in Silver Springs, Maryland (Washington D.C.), Atlanta, Georgia and Columbus, Ohio. Then the family moved to El Paso, Texas while Bill inoculated herds in the border states and Mexico. Bill and Ellie embraced this relatively itinerate lifestyle as an opportunity to introduce their children to all the culture and beauty the US had to offer. They crossed the country by car and visited nearly every tourist destination and historic site along the way.
In 1974, Bill accepted the job of the Federal Veterinarian in Charge of Oregon, and the family moved to Salem. He was thrilled to be back in Oregon, close to his parents and his beloved Santiam farmland. He and Ellie bought a house in Candelaria with a pool—a big step for a farm boy who had grown up land-poor. Although Bill had grown up doing farm work for exercise (he’d been an excellent athlete in high school), as a dad, he believed in letting his daughters balance work and play. He attended hundreds of swim meets, volleyball games, and tennis matches. Bill expected his daughters to help at the farm and around the house, but there was always time for swimming in the back yard, ski trips, hikes, and sitting around kitchen table with homemade cookies. His 6th daughter Paige was born in Salem.
Working the land was a source of joy for Bill. Whenever possible, he spent time on the family farm, plowing fields, digging fence posts, stringing barbwire, hauling hay and chasing cows. He loved working with old TD9 Cat—a machine he operated with considerable expertise. His daughters all learned to drive tractor and help with branding cattle. He always loved to watch things grow and had a garden—fresh produce and beautiful flowers thrived under his watch. His children and grandchildren never wanted for cherry tomatoes or homemade rhubarb pie in the summer. Bill’s green thumb was the envy and inspiration to multiple generations—but the bottom line was his willingness to work hard for good results.
Bill had a lifelong love of music. His grandfather and father played the violin, and Bill always had a violin, mandolin, and in later life, guitar on hand. He took guitar lessons in his 80s—the first formal music lessons he’d had time for. He could carry a tune and had a clear soft voice and passed on his appreciation of music to his daughters and grandchildren.
Bill was an early advocate of a healthy lifestyle. In the ‘70s he dried fruit and made his own energy bars. He hiked the North Vancouver Trail in his 70s with his brother, Gail (Peter) Prichard, and skied until his 80th year. He took up tennis to please his wife, and even went rock and ice climbing to spend time with one of his daughters. He hiked, swam and snorkeled with his children and grandchildren. He loved being outdoors, and stewardship and appreciation of nature is one of the many legacies he left his grandchildren.
Bill also loved to bake. He brought home a sourdough starter a nun had given him in Boise and supplied his family with fresh bread for decades. One of his tactics in handling his half-dozen teenage daughters was to mix a batch of cookies, cinnamon rolls, or banana bread and time the baking with their weekend curfew. It was the odd occasion that they didn’t come home in time for warm homemade treats. Having grown up during the Depression, he hated to see food wasted—he could turn almost any leftover into bread or baked goods. And early on, he took over weekend breakfasts—there was never a Saturday or Sunday morning without homemade pancakes, French toast and fried eggs.
Bill and Ellie enjoyed many trips around the world with other family members and friends. They traveled together through Europe, Australia, Canada and Mexico. They rode camels in Morocco, horses in Banff National Park, browsed bazaars in Turkey, and traced family history in Wales and Germany. Bill had an inquisitive mind, compassionate nature and humble friendliness that enabled him to make friends anywhere in the world. He never forgot to bring small gifts home for his girls, from handmade pottery to bags of peanuts from the flight. He picked up wood working and made stools for each of his daughters and grandchildren.
Bill retired at 60 and focused full time on the family farm, raising cattle for many years. In his mid-60s, Bill was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, but lived an active lifestyle, exercising almost daily whether it was walking, swimming or working out. In his 70’s and 80s, Bill retained a keen interest in the world. He skied, hiked, planted gardens, snorkeled in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, toured New Zealand, and drank mai tais while enjoying the Hawaiian sunset. In the past several years of his life, Bill became active in the Northwest Rehabilitation Associates exercise classes for Parkinson’s, becoming a much loved member of this courageous and compassionate group. He participated in the local Undefeated by Parkinson’s boxing classes where he appreciated and contributed to the comradery. But most of all, he took great interest and joy in his family. He was a loving husband, wise and gentle father, and involved grandfather who attended more sporting events, recitals, and recreational activities than most parents. He was greatly loved and is greatly missed.
Bill is survived by his wife of 61 years, Eleanor Faltus Prichard, his daughters, Pam Prichard; Dr. Nancy Bouchard, Ellen McMillan, LeaAnn Morrow, Leslie Kerr, and Paige Townsend, and son-in-laws, John Gant, Dr. John Bouchard, John Gant, Dan McMillan, Kraig Kerr, Mark Morrow and Paul Townsend. And by his grandchildren, Lili, Alice and Cora Bouchard, Aidan and Kincaid McMillan, Ross and Rachel Morrow, McKenzie and Brendan Kerr, and Parker and Finley Townsend. And by his sister Marge Philips, brother Pete (Gail) Prichard, and brother Rob Prichard. And by his exchange student daughters Cristina Barbieri, Kathy Knapsey, Jutta Zorb. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Larry and Mike Prichard.
Charles Russell Moyes ('61 DVM) - December 8, 2018
Charles Russell Moyes, (89) born July 5, 1929, Magna, Utah; died Dec.8, 2018 in Clearfield, Utah. Russell was born and raised in Magna, Utah to Charles (Scotty) and Ada Moyes. He graduated from Cyprus High School. He attended Westminster College, Utah State University, and Washington State University. He received his Doctorate Degree in Veterinary Medicine and practiced medicine in Richfield, Manti, Tooele, and South Jordan, Utah. He later moved to Buhl and Burley, Idaho where he changed occupations to business owner and appraiser. In his later years he resided in Layton and Holladay, Utah.
He served in the United States Air Force, where he learned to enjoy photography. He enjoyed the company of his family, camping and long drives in the countryside. He loved the outdoors, wildlife, poetry and picnics. If there was a rodeo in town he loved to go. He especially enjoyed animals. He played the bugle and loved to listen to music. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various callings throughout his life. He served a mission to New Jersey and gave tours in the conference center.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ada Moyes; siblings, Bettye and James Moyes; wives: Violet Mellor, Marion Williamson, and Norma Jones; three grandsons, Quincey and Cody Ashment, Matt Moyes; and daughter-in-law Karen Moyes. Survived by children: Russell Moyes, Tim (Susan) Moyes, Connie (Ervid) Van Sickle, Linda (Roger) Ashment, Scott (Tanya) Moyes, Lesa (Ron) Galloway, Jill Moyes, and David Moyes; step children: Bart and Suzette Williamson, and Norma Jones' six surviving children; 24 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchild.
Services will be held at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road, Taylorsville, Utah, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with a viewing prior from 12:00 to 12:45. Internment at Larkin Sunset Gardens immediately following services. Special thanks to Chancellor Gardens Assisted Living in Clearfield, Utah and Comfort Works Hospice for their loving care of our Dad.
Published in Deseret News on Dec. 14, 2018
Charles J. Sedgwick ('57 DVM) - May 26, 2018
Dr. Sedgwick (Washington State ’57), 86, a pioneer of zoological medicine, died May 26, 2018, in Monterey, California. After several years in private practice, he became Charter Zoo Veterinarian for the new Greater Los Angeles Zoo in 1964, at a time when there were fewer than 10 zoo veterinarians in the US (most of whom were directors rather than clinicians). Using two experimental immobilizing drugs and older techniques, he moved all animals from the old Los Angeles Zoo to the new facility. In the process, anesthesiology became his main interest. In 1969, he became Research Veterinarian for the UCLA/NASA Biosatellite II program (monkeys in space), when monkeys were used in a ground control group, as well as in space flight, prior to sending a human into space.
His long career included being Director of Veterinary Services at the San Diego Zoo, 1970 to 1976. He held a faculty post at UC Davis, 1976 to 1983, as Campus Veterinarian and Course Director/Lecturer in Zoological and Laboratory Animal Medicine and Clinician at the Sacramento Zoo. Then at Tufts University, 1983 to 1995, he was Associate Professor & Course Director of Comparative Medicine and Zoological Medicine in the Department of Environmental Studies, and first Director of the Tufts Wildlife Center. His last major position was a return to the Los Angeles Zoo as Chief Zoological Veterinarian, 1995 to 2000. He was instrumental in designing and building new animal hospitals at the San Diego and Los Angeles zoos. In retirement, he concentrated on writing algorithms to fine-tune allometric scaling for use in calculating drug dosages for various species.
Charles (Chuck) Sedgwick was friend and mentor to many people who have studied zoo animal or lab animal medicine (including Dr. Murray Fowler, who shadowed him for a year at the San Diego Zoo while gathering information and photos for the first edition of Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine). He was exceptional in his ability to relate to students, on the job and in the classroom. His respect for students as individuals, his warmth, and good humor set him apart from many busy professionals.
Dr. Sedgwick was a Diplomate of ACZM and ACLAM. His honors include the Lifetime Achievement Award from AAZV, Excellence in Teaching and Research from WSU (2010), and Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association.
Predeceased by his beloved wife, Shirley, Dr. Sedgwick is survived by his three sons -David, Michael, and Paul- and their families.
John W. Unis, Jr. ('57 DVM) - August 7, 2018
Dr. John W. Unis, Jr, DVM, passed away on August 7, 2018 at home under Hospice care in Dragoon, AZ. He was 87 years old. He was born on September 23, 1930 in Seattle, WA and graduated from Olympia High School in Olympia, WA in 1948. He received a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland, WA in 1952. He earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from Washington State University in 1957. He worked as a Staff Veterinarian and Surgeon at Burien Veterinary Hospital in Burien, WA from 1957 to 1960. He then established the Olympia Veterinary Hospital in 1960, where he practiced veterinary medicine until he sold his practice in 1980 and moved to Pearce, AZ and opened Valley Veterinary Service. He retired from veterinary medicine in 1988, but continued to do consulting work for other veterinarians. He was a former Chairman of the American Animal Hospital Association and member of Animal Technician program Advisory Committee, an Executive Board member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, Washington State Veterinary Medical Association and past president of the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Association.
John received a degree in Airframe & Powerplant Maintenance from Cochise College in Douglas, AZ in 1988. He earned certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and went to work for America West Airlines in Phoenix, AZ. He was an aircraft line mechanic and then a technical writer until his retirement in 1997.
Dr. Unis was involved in numerous civic and academic organizations throughout his career to include the Seattle Opera Association, Northwest Ballet Guide, Olympia Opera Guild, Olympia Kiwanis International, Capital Lions Club, Elks Lodge, Greater Olympia Chamber of Commerce, Thurston County Humane Society, Smithsonian Institution, National Wildlife Association, National Geographic Society, National Oceanographic Foundation, Alpha Psi Omega and Alpha Phi Omega, National Small Business Association, Olympia Yacht Club and was a past Commander of the Olympia Power Squadron boating organization. He was a member of the Washington State National Guard from 1948-1951. He was also a volunteer firefighter for the Sunsites, AZ fire department.
Dr. Unis was married to Ellen M. Harms, of Davenport, WA, from 1953-1964. They had two sons – Brian D. Unis and Richard E. Unis. Brian lives in Edane, Sweden and Richard lives in Leesburg, VA. Richard has a wife, Cynthia, and three daughters; Kristina, Hillary, and Hannah.
Dr. Unis was remarried in 1965 to Laura E. Fry. They had a daughter, Suzanne M. Unis (now Campbell), who lives in Olympia, WA with her husband, Paul Campbell, and their daughter, Heather Campbell. Laura had one son, Edward Garvin, and one daughter, Cathy Unis, from a previous marriage. John and Laura divorced in 1974.
John remarried again in 1983 to Ralphine C. Matuszak, of Dragoon, AZ. John and Ralphine were still married at the time of his passing. Ralphine lives in Dragoon. Ralphine has three daughters (Robin Bruch, Susan Collins and Fawn McGee), and one son (Adam Matuszak- who is deceased) from a previous marriage. Ralphine has ten grandchildren.
Dr. Unis was cremated and his ashes will be buried at Olympic Memorial Gardens in Tumwater, WA, next to his parents, Dr. John W. Unis, Sr, MD and Esther Unis, RN.
Michael J. Leinweber ('65 DVM) - May 26, 2018
Michael Joel Leinweber was born to Alfred and Bernyce (Plowman) Leinweber on January 10, 1940, joining an older sister. Growing up on a small family farm near LaCrosse, Washington, he held a deep love and appreciation for his childhood. He fondly remembered shooting baskets with his Dad, playing cards with his family when they were mudded in, bucking bales, grooming steers for the fair, participating in football, basketball, and baseball, as well as playing the trumpet in the LaCrosse High School band.
He loved life on the farm and would have considered becoming a farmer but his mother kept telling him that he needed to get an education because "this farm is too small to support two families." Consequently, he attended WSU where he graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation and a short stint in private practice, he reported for military duty with the US Air Force. This was during the Vietnam War when most young men were either drafted or enlisted. He enlisted. He married Betty White and the two of them started married life in Grand Forks, North Dakota where he was stationed. After his two-year commitment to the Air Force was over, they moved to Corvallis, Oregon, where he worked in a private practice. During this time their first son was born in Corvallis. A year and a half later, they moved to Spokane where he joined Roger Harder at the Garland Animal Clinic in a partnership that lasted over thirty years. In Spokane, a second son and a daughter rounded out the family.
Early family life was filled with camping at Priest Lake, floating the Little Spokane River, bird hunting, fishing, fantasy football leagues, running, following his children's activities, and attending WSU athletic events. He loved his profession and the people and clients he worked with. He was an active member of the North Spokane Rotary Club, Country Homes Christian Church and later Covenant Methodist Church. After retiring, he and Betty moved to Pullman, where he was an active member of the Pullman Rotary Club and Pullman Presbyterian Church. During empty nester and retirement years he enjoyed time with his 12 grandchildren, traveling with friends, gardening, investment club, wood carving and yet more WSU athletic events.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Bernyce Leinweber. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Betty; sons Chad (Heidi) Leinweber and Kurt (Shaula) Leinweber; daughter Anne (Shaun) Ljunggren; twelve grandchildren: Kayla (Shane) Wise, Jacob, Emily, Erika, Katie, Luke, Jackson, Nathan, Joel, and Grace Leinweber, and Olivia and Finn Ljunggren; sister Judy (Bud) Aune of Colfax WA, aunts Bev Dahmen and Esther Johnson, and uncle Lloyd Madison.
The family thanks the staff of the Rockwood Atrium for the loving care they gave to him and his family.
Mike, we love you and miss you.
The service honoring Mike will be held Saturday, July 7, 1:00 at Covenant Methodist Church, 15515 N. Gleneden Drive, Spokane, WA. Reception to follow.
Donations in his memory may be made to Christian Veterinary Mission (www.cvmusa.org/donate-now/greatestneed); Rotoplast International (www.rotoplast.org) for cleft palate surgery; or a charity of your choice.
Published in Spokesman-Review on June 10, 2018.
Andrew I. Moe ('54 DVM) - February 19, 2018
Andrew I. Moe, 91, passed away peacefully on February 19, 2018 after a long illness.
Andrew was born in Tacoma, WA to Ole and Ingeborg Moe. He was the youngest in his family with four brothers and three sisters. He was married for 51 years to the “personification of young womanhood,” his lovely wife Dorothy Moe. He is survived by his well-loved children, Sylvia McGowan (Gene), Pam Barker (Neill), and Joyce Moe (Martha); grandchildren, Pam, Josh, Lindsey, Sam, Andrew, Loralyn, James, Brittany, Melissa, and Carolyn; great-grandchildren, Ben, Jackson, Samson, and Lucy; brother-in-law William Becker (Christine); and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
After completing undergraduate degrees at College of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Andrew earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Washington State College in Pullman. Andrew was a Regulatory Veterinarian for the State of California for 33 years. His work included eradicating brucellosis in cattle in California. He was also on the task force that eliminated Avian Influenza from Southern California in the 1970s. He was a member of the No. San Joaquin Vet Med Assn (Pres 1979) and a Charter Member of the Calif Vet Medical Assn.
Service to his country, his community, and his family was a core value for Andrew. He served in the Air Force on active duty from 1954-1956 and in the Air Force Reserves for 28 years, attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel. He was called to active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 and would have been the commanding officer of a MASH hospital to arrive on the seventh plane, if forces were deployed into Cuba. He was a VFW Life Member (Commander Post 4144/1998-2001, Quartermaster 2000-02, Trustee Post 3199/2004-05), a Charter Member of the Military Officers Assn, and a Life Member of the following organizations: American Legion, Reserve Officers Assn, Retired Officers Assn, and Assn of Military Surgeons US.
Andrew was also a member of The Shriners (Bd Dirs Modesto 1995), Masons (Illustrious Master Modesto Chpt 1983, Allied Masonic Degrees Pres 1991, Man of Yr Award 1999), York Rite, and Scottish Rite (Pres Central Valley 1997, Bd Dirs 1998-2004). He served as “Rainbow Dad” and a board member for the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls (Grand Cross of Color). He chaperoned dances and drove carloads of Rainbow Girls to many events. He was also a member of the Sons of Norway, and the Modesto Elks Lodge 1282. He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church for over 50 years and served in several roles there.
Andrew touted himself as a “Man of Moderate Means with a Few Non-Problems.” In his retirement, he enjoyed having coffee with friends at the Brenda Athletic Club and a glass or two of wine at VFW 3199 or at the Elks Lodge. He had a very analytical mind and could fix or build anything around the house. Andrew was a mentor and very influential to numerous people during his lifetime through his willingness to help those in need. He had a knack for encouraging others and could put a positive spin on almost any situation. His honesty, integrity, and respect for others proved a role model for everyone who knew him.
Andrew will be honored with a military ceremony at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella on Tuesday, February 27th at 11:30AM, and with a Memorial Service at Franklin and Downs McHenry Chapel on Saturday, March 17th at 11:00AM. Donations can be made to the charity of your choice mentioning Andrew’s name.