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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.
William E. Babcock ('45 DVM) - October 17, 2017
William Edward Babcock, age 95, died at home in Terre Haute, Indiana. A native of Buhl, Idaho, Bill was born October 15, 1922, son of Everett E. Babcock and Ona Zbinden Babcock.
Bill graduated from Buhl High School in 1940. He attended Washington State University in Pullman, WA where he was a member of the Army Student Training Program and graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in May 1945. While at Washington State Bill met the love of his life, Nina Virginia March. They were married January 26, 1945.
In May 1945, Bill and Nina moved to Corvallis, Oregon where Bill took a position at Oregon State University in the Poultry Disease lab. Following his research appointment, they moved to Buhl, Idaho where Bill opened a veterinary practice in his parents’ home. Bill enlisted in the US Army in August 1946 and served in the Veterinary Corps. He was posted to Fort Riley, Kansas where he cared for the horses in the last active cavalry unit of the US Army. His military service was completed in 1948 as a Captain. In the Spring of 1949, the Babcocks returned to Corvallis where Bill assumed the position of Associate Professor at OSU. In 1963, the family moved to Terre Haute, Indiana and Bill began his career with Pfizer Animal Health. He retired in 1988 as Director of Animal Health Research. Bill and Nina lived a full and happy life together. They loved to dance, ski, and travel with friends and family and were long time members of The Country Club of Terre Haute.
He leaves to cherish his memory Nina Virginia Babcock, his loving wife of 72 years, devoted children Robert E. Babcock (Rebecca) Port Lavaca, TX, Virginia A. Ware (Douglas) Chapel Hill, NC, Lora B. Mail (Rodney) Indianapolis, IN and Thomas W. Babcock (Deborah) Fair Haven, NJ. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren Jeffery Babcock (Traci), Allison Babcock (David Nagle), Kara Shane (Robert) and Jay Babcock (Stacy), Anna Marie Ware and Kristin Ware, Anne Mail, Ellen Mail, and Clare Mail (Michael Rardon), William Babcock (Katherine), Sarah Babcock, Ann Babcock and Thomas Babcock. In addition, there are four great grandchildren, Dimitri Babcock, Braxton Nagle, Parker Nagle and Robert Shane. Bill was predeceased by his parents Everett E. Babcock and Ona Zbinden Babcock and brother Donald Babcock.
The family is grateful the for the home care aides whose compassionate care allowed the fulfillment of his wishes to remain at home.
A true gentleman, honest and humble with a twinkle in his eyes, Bill is fondly remembered for his love of family and friends.
Daniel Leonard DeWeert ('78 DVM) - September 12, 2017
Dr. Daniel Leonard DeWeert, age 69, of Twisp, passed away at the VA Hospital of Puget Sound on Sept. 12, 2017. He was born on Jan. 31, 1948, to Ray and Mary-Jo DeWeert in Kelso, Washington.
Dan was raised in Kelso, and graduated from Kelso High School in 1966. He then served as a veterinary technician in the U.S. Air Force.
Dan graduated from The Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. He worked as an associate veterinarian in Brewster, before starting Valley Veterinary Clinic in Twisp later that year. He specialized in equine medicine and small animal orthopedics.
Dan was involved in the Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) at both the state and national level for many years. He served as president of the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) from 1986-1987. After serving as president, Dan served as a delegate for the WSVMA and AVMA House of Delegates for 10 years. During his last three years in the House, Dan was a member of the House Advisory Committee representing Equine Medicine. Only seven veterinarians from the United States are asked to serve on this committee at any one time.
Dan was honored by the recognitions that he received while serving his profession. In 1987, WSU presented Dan with an Outstanding Leadership Award in the WSVMA. In 1991, the AVMA recognized Dan and longtime friend, Dr. Gary Duskin, for their roles as co-chairmen for the AVMA convention in Seattle, and, in 2011, Dan was the recipient of the WSVMA Veterinary of the Year award.
Locally, Dan provided veterinary services to the annual rodeos and Omak Suicide race — providing support of local heritage. Dan made a clinic policy of keeping the doors open for students interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. This culminated in nine students who went on to become veterinarians and six who became veterinary technicians. Dr. Dan was very proud of his professional accomplishments, as well as being able to serve both the local and national veterinary communities.
After practicing veterinary medicine for 38 years, Dan retired in the fall of 2015. He enjoyed his additional time with family and friends, and frequented the vet clinic regularly to lend advice and visit with clients. An avid sports fan, Dan loved the Seattle Mariners and Seattle Seahawks, and was fiercely loyal to the Washington State Cougar football team, where he played college football himself for one year before having to step down due to injury.
Dan was always proud of living and raising his family in the Methow Valley, and being an active member of his community gave him a great sense of self-worth. He coached football at Liberty Bell Junior-Senior High School for nine years, and loved to reminisce about the years he spent there “torturing the boys.” He also assisted with AAU basketball, coached and umpired Little League baseball, and served in the Kiwanis and Community Accountability Board. When he wasn’t chasing around his family or serving the community, Dan was at home in the outdoors. During the summer months, you could find him with his family and friends on horseback, chasing cows, or exploring the many trails around the Methow Valley. In the fall, he could be found looking for any deer that had horns.
Dan was devoted to his profession and family, and was well known for sharing his stories with those who would listen. The stories he shared gave all of us a glimpse into the life of a man who was deeply ingrained into the soul of his community and family. Whether diving into the many stories of animals he’d saved, or how proud he was of his family — some of us may remember hearing about his grandson Marquis’s football exploits — Dan was quick to share a smile, and would always take the time to ask about someone’s family, to see how everyone was doing.
Dan is survived by his wife, Terri; his four sisters, Rose, Patti, Cindi and Carol; his two daughters, Kellie and Sara; his two step-sons, Doug and Ryan; and his three grandchildren, Marquis, Desmond and Arya.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Mary-Josephine, and his brother Art.
Doctor, husband, father, grandfather and friend. Dan was a man who lived larger than life, and shared his big heart with everyone he could. He will be dearly missed, and fondly remembered. Go Cougs!
A graveside service with military honors will be held Friday (Sept. 22) at noon in the Beaver Creek Cemetery, Twisp.
A celebration of Dan’s Life is to follow service at the Pipestone Canyon Ranch Event Center, 448 Balky Hill Road, Twisp. Please bring your favorite dish for a potluck and pig roast. Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel of Okanogan is caring for the arrangements.Published in the Methow Valley News on Sept. 21, 2017.
Ronald L. Persing ('54 DVM) - July 28, 2017
Dr. Persing (Washington State '54), 88, Springfield, Oregon, died July 28, 2017. He worked as a staff pathologist for Battelle Laboratory in Columbus, Ohio, prior to retirement in 1995. As part of the biomedical team of the laboratory, Dr. Persing participated in pathologic and toxicologic studies of chemicals and drugs. Earlier, he served in the Air Force Veterinary Corps for 20 years, retiring in 1975 as a lieutenant colonel. During that time, Dr. Persing worked at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C.; the Air Force weapons laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and the biomedical division of the former United States Atomic Energy Commission in Germantown, Maryland.
His daughter and son, and six grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Pullman, WA 99164.CVM Alumni News
*As published by AVMA.org
Alfred Lee Hallowell ('57 DVM) - November 2, 2017
Longtime Washington horseman and respected equine reproduction specialist, A. L. "Bud" Hallowell, 85, passed away at home on November 2, 2017. Bud was appointed to the Washington Horse Racing Commission in December 2004 upon the death of fellow veterinarian Dr. Robert Mead. He served until December 2012 when he resigned to care for his ailing wife. He had first been licensed by the WHRC in 1954.
He was born in Yakima on September 21, 1932, to Russell and Ruth Hallowell, joining his sister Mary. His love of horses led him, at the age of 12, to begin hot-walking horses at Longacres Racetrack in Renton. He graduated from Highline High School, the same school from which his future wife, Pat, also graduated. Bud attended Washington State College and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in 1957.
Bud practiced veterinary medicine in Washington from 1957 to 1963, working for clinics in Ellensburg and Centralia before becoming the farm veterinarian for the Agnew family’s T-9-O Ranch in Tenino. In January of 1964 the family moved to Kentucky to allow Bud to work with famed equine practitioner Dr. William McGee. After spending the 1964 breeding and foaling season in Lexington, he turned down an offer to remain in practice with Dr. McGee and returned to Washington to start a private equine practice. During the remaining years of his veterinary career he specialized in work concerned with breeding and foaling horses, mainly Thoroughbreds.
Beginning in the mid-1960s, he and Pat became commercial Thoroughbred breeders. Among the many good horses the Auburn couple bred was 1981 Washington champion three-year-old Tavy Blue, whose dam Miss Peone was named Washington broodmare of the year that same season.
The longtime WTBOA member served on the WTBOA board of directors, as sales veterinarian and on the sales, magazine and various other committees, as well as on various industry-related committees and advisory boards, including the board of the Washington Thoroughbred Foundation.
He was a lifetime member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCT).
He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, in 2014; and daughter, Laurie Rae Weiss, in 2013. Bud is survived by his sister, Mary Auvil; daughter, Lynn Hallowell; son-in-law, Rolf Torgerson; granddaughter, Lysne Torgerson; and grandson-in-law, Jeff Stein.
*As published by Washington Horse Racing Commission
Robert Whitaker ('54 DVM) - November 5, 2017Dr. Robert P. Whitaker Passed on to be with Jesus, surrounded by his family, November 5, 2017. He was born in Whittier, CA in 1923. He served in the Army Veterinary Corps from 1943-46. His regard for animals led him to graduate from Washington State University with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1954. Bob loved his profession, and spent 28 years in his practice, Clover Park Veterinary Hospital, in Lakewood, WA. Bob met and married the love of his life, Jean, while at WSU. They were married for 68 years. He is survived by his wife Jean, his daughters Mary Kay and Lynn, his son Steve, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in Bob's honor at 11:00 AM November 10, 2017 at Mission Woods Presbyterian Church, 2003 Taylor Street, Edgewood, WA. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Washington State Veterinary Scholarship Fund, or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Nov. 8, 2017
Aimee Witherspoon ('79 DVM) - October 5, 2017The Reflector
Gregory (Greg) Paul Boivin ('89 DVM) - August 11, 2017
Gregory (Greg) Paul Boivin 55, lost his courageous fight to pancreatic cancer on Friday, August 11, 2017.
Greg was born July 31, 1962 to Daniel and Linda Boivin in Seattle, Washington. Greg never lost his love for the State of Washington and was a long-time season football ticket holder for University of Washington Huskies. Greg’s greatest love were his children. He thoroughly enjoyed hiking, music, traveling and attending Reds baseball, U-Dub and Mizzou football games. In 2007 Greg and a few close friends hiked the John Muir trail lasting 20 days and was one of Greg’s fondest hiking memories.
Greg leaves behind his two children, Jordan and Kayla and his Fiancée Pam Williams who were the love of his life. Greg and Pam often referred to their family as the Brady Bunch consisting of Jordan, Kayla, Keaton, Ginny and Sam. Greg is survived by his father Dan Boivin (Treva) and his two loving and supportive sisters, Donna Ditore (Joe) and Diane Donovan and his four favorite nieces and nephews, Michelle Ditore, Anthony Ditore, Megan Ditore and Sean Donovan.
He was preceded in death by his mother Linda Boivin in 2011.
Greg graduated from University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 1984 and Washington State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. Greg did his residency at University of Missouri from 1989-1992 and moved to Cincinnati in 1992 working for University of Cincinnati until 2008 as Director of the Division of Comparative Pathology. In 2008 Greg accepted his current position at Wright State University as Professor for Department of Pathology, Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Director of Laboratory Animal Resources. Since 1992 Greg worked part time for Cincinnati VA as Veterinary Medical Officer.
Greg’s research was focused on colon cancer and tendon repair. He was also a strong advocate for the humane care and use of animals used in research to improve human and animal health. Greg was known as an outstanding comparative pathologist, veterinary scientist and collaborator with almost 150 scientific publications. He was proud that his publications have reached every major scientific journal.
Greg was a member of many professional organizations relating to his industry and in lieu of flowers please send memorial contributions to American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine www.aclam.org or American Association for Laboratory Animal Science www.aalas.org.
Gary Duskin ('61 DVM) - August 2, 2017Dr. Gary Duskin, DVM of Stanwood, WA, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at the age of 80. Gary was born to Gordon and Helen Duskin on October 29, 1936, in Arlington, WA. He graduated from Arlington High School in 1955 with his sweetheart and future wife, Marie. They were married, and celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on the date of his passing. Gary graduated from Washington State University as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1961 and was a co-founder of Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital. He enjoyed being a board member, officer and President of several veterinary organizations, both locally and internationally. Part of his lifetime passion for horses included breeding, raising and racing thoroughbreds and he enjoyed a long association with Longacres and Emerald Downs. His love of horses and the outdoors poured over into his personal life; Gary was often found trail riding, fishing and hunting. He was active in his church community and valued faith and family above all else. Gary and Marie raised their four children at Top O' the Ridge Thoroughbred Farm in Lake Stevens, WA, which they ultimately sold to become Cavelero Mid High School. Gary was preceded in death by his brother, Dennis. He is survived by his wife, Marie: brothers, Dale (Carol) Duskin and David (Kay) Duskin, sister, Margie (Dennis) Donnelly; children, Scott (Deanna) Duskin, Todd (Becky) Duskin, Lisa (Jesse) Hanson, Chris (Becca) Duskin, Robert (Virginia) Dutcher, and eleven grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2017, from 4-7 p.m. at Evergreen Funeral Home, Everett. The Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, August 11, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Marysville. Donations may be made to the Gary and Marie Duskin Endowed Scholarship at WSU College of Veterinary Medicine.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from Aug. 8 to Aug. 9, 2017
Edward Harness ('00 DVM) - July 27, 2017
Edward Dale Harness DVM passed away unexpectedly at his home in Jerome, Idaho on July 27, 2017 at the age of 44.
He was born in Gary, Indiana January 27, 1973 to F. Irene (Johnson) and A. Lee Harness. In 1978 his family moved to Corral, Idaho where Eddie remained until completing high school and receiving his appointment to the U.S Naval Academy. He later attended the University of Idaho followed by graduate school at Washington State University where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. His passion for the dairy/agricultural industry and love for animals was reflected in how he practiced. From 1994 to 1998 he was married to Suzanne Collett and to this union had a beautiful baby girl, Kaity Marie Harness. Kaity was Ed’s pride and joy. On September 30, 2000 to 2015 he was married to Kassidy Dowton and with that marriage came two wonderful children Dylan Lee Dowton and Mckenzie Jo Dowton. Edward’s last years were spent with his girlfriend and collogue Amanda Wright DVM. Ed enjoyed attending church, camping, fishing, boating, skiing, snowmobiling, but most of all FIREWORKS!!!
He was preceded in death by his mother, Freida Irene Harness.
He is survived by his father A. Lee Harness, Fairfield; sister, Lori (Jim) Bott, Mountain Home; daughter, Kaitlyn Harness, Twin Falls/Moscow; son, Dylan (Amber) Dowton, Shoshone; daughter, Mckenzie Dowton, Twin Falls; and grandson, Rhett Lee Dowton, Shoshone.
The family would like you to join them for a viewing Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Farnsworth Mortuary, 1343 South Lincoln Ave., Jerome, Idaho 83338.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Amazing Grace Fellowship, 1061 Eastland Drive N, Twin Falls, Idaho 83301 with a reception immediately following the memorial service.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Eddie's memorial webpage at www.farnsworthmortuary.com.
Annie White ('00 DVM) - May 2, 2017Annie White, age 52, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at University California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, CA after a courageous 4 year battle with cancer. She was born April 19, 1965, in Seattle, WA to Edmund and Meg (O'Brien) Raftis. She was a 1987 graduate of Georgetown University and received a degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in 2000.
Annie was a force that exuded possibility and she savored every experience. Her life adventures and keen intellect were fueled at Georgetown and later Washington State University. A timeless sense of style supported her career start in fashion at Ralph Lauren, what for many would have been the pinnacle of achievement. But not for Annie. Next came veterinary school and years of caring for animals, along with learning to sail and dedicating her time to humanity with her service work in Africa. A full life by any measure. In September 2006, Annie married Carter A. White in Seattle, WA and later that year set forth on a 10-year journey with Carter when they relocated to Dublin, Ireland. On October 17, 2008, she landed the most important role of her life - becoming a mother. She poured her heart and soul into her beloved Jack. A moment with him and you can see her smile and feel her joy.
The chapters of Annie's life read as a story of compassion and service. She lived her life heart first, acting with love and kindness always. She was incredibly fierce and brave too, embodying the kind of quiet courage others lean into. Annie faced her cancer diagnosis with a ROAR and chose an attitude of "health is not the absence of disease, but the presence of vitality."
Annie Raftis White...joyous, angelic, inspiring. You will be missed and forever in our hearts.
Her memory lives on through her husband, Carter and son, Jack; father Ed Raftis of Seattle, WA; mother, Meg (Stillman Brown) Raftis of Stonington, CT; brother, Timothy (Jennifer) Raftis of Moraga, CA; sister Jeanine (Earl) Ford of Shelby, NC; and her nieces, nephew, cousins and countless friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Annie's memory to iCan Ireland (www.idonate.ie/annieraftiswhite) or the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation (www.cholangiocarcinoma.org/annie)
Published in The Seattle Times on June 18, 2017
Dean H. Smith (DVM) - May 3, 2016
Dr. Dean H. Smith was born to Albert Ross Smith and Alma Loree Smith (nee Rinehart) in Dayton, Washington He graduated from Dayton High School, received his Bachelor of Science and Veterinarian degrees from Washington State University and his Master of Science degree from Oregon State University. He married Catherine Therese Bennett in July 1945. During his career, in addition to having been on the faculty of Oregon State University, Dr. Smith served in the Army Veterinarian Corps, operated a private veterinarian practice, was an active wheat farmer and cattle rancher, and also served as supervisor of the Federal-State programs in the Animal Health Division of the Oregon Dept. of Agriculture. In Dr. Smith’s final role he was appointed State Veterinarian, Washington State Dept. of Agriculture.
In 1965-66, while of the faculty at Oregon State University, Dr. Smith served as a Fulbright Lecturer in the United Arab Republic, teaching at Cairo University. He published numerous papers and journal articles on diseases in animals. He was in demand as a speaker at both in-state and national conferences.
Dr. Smith was a member of American Veterinary Medical Association, the Willamette Valley and the Oregon VMA, the U.S. Animal Health Association, the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, Sigma Kappa and Alpha Psi.
Dean is survived by his two sons Ross and Gordon Smith, two grandsons, Jeffrey and Stuart Smith and two great-grandchildren Ceilidh and Shea. Dean is also survived by his long time traveling companion Rose Marie Moore. He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife Cathy.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 11 2016 at 11:00 a.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 323 Catherine Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dean H. Smith Excellence Fund at WSU, Alzheimer’s Research, or a charity of the donor’s choice through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 The Dalles Military Rd., Walla Walla. WA 99362.
Kenneth Larson ('61 DVM) - April 24, 2016
On Sunday, April 24, 2016, Dr. Kenneth Larson, age 80 left this earth to be with our Lord. He died peacefully in his sleep in Fort Collins, Colorado, surrounded by his family. Kenneth Alan Larson was born July 6, 1935 in Havre, Montana.
Ken grew up in Stanford, Montana, working on ranches and learning to become a cowboy. He graduated High School in 1953, and then went on to study at Washington State University, where he graduated in 1961 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine.
Ken married Eileen Baker December 30, 1961 at the Cathedral in Helena Montana; they were married for 54 years.
They moved back to Stanford, Montana where he started a large animal veterinary practice. He sold his practice and returned to Washington State University where he received a PhD in Veterinary Microbiology in 1966.
After graduation they moved to Fort Collins, Colorado where he accepted a position teaching Veterinary Microbiology at CSU.
Being a true entrepreneur, he started Elars Bioresearch Laboratories in 1975. He eventually sold Elars and started another business called Vetline. His hard work paid off and Vetline became a successful family business that is still run by his sons. Ken worked there until his retirement 3 years ago.
Ken loved the history of the West and was an avid reader. His love of the west stayed with him his whole life and he remained a cowboy at heart. He returned to Montana every year to visit family and friends. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Fort Collins for 50 years.
Ken is survived by his wife, Eileen; his daughter, Teresa, (Troy Contestable); sons, Joe Larson, (Lori Larson) and Tom Larson; brother, Robert Larson; grandchildren, Katie & Jack and Tommy & Lily.
He is proceeded in death by his son, Daniel Larson.
A Funeral Mass is planned for Thursday, April 28, 2:00 pm, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fort Collins. In lieu of flowers any contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic School.
Richard Kauk ('63 DVM) - January 7, 2016Billings —Our hearts are heavy, yet full of joy for the years we shared with our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Richard Gene Kauk, died peacefully on Thursday, January 7, 2016.
Dick was born in Great Falls, Montana on August 10, 1939, the first born of three children to Richard and Lelah Kauk. While he was growing up on the farm by Brady he learned early on the value of a day's work, done right, that stuck with him throughout his lifetime.
Dr. Dick is survived by his wife, Lynne, children, Kevin (Sheila) Kauk, Karla (Dave) Compton, Kirby (Kathi) Kauk, Kelsy (Keith) Cofield, Jeff (Rushany) Jermunson, Chris (Christine) Jermunson, sister, Cheryl (Gordon) Schlepp, uncle Elmer Kauk, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Dr. Dick is preceded in death by his parents and a baby brother.
Dr. Dick received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University, Pullman, Washington in 1963. Upon graduation he returned to Great Falls working with Doctor Pat Doran for one year before establishing his own large animal practice in Brady, Montana.
Dr. Dick is known and recognized in a wide variety of circles. One arena was sports, excelling in basketball, football, track and baseball, offered scholarships and playing basketball and baseball at Eastern Montana College. Dick's passion for baseball resulted in his signing on as Bonus Baby for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Later in life he continued the Kauk-Hill legacy as Chairman on the Brady School Board, established the cattle business, K and K Cattle Company with his father, and was President of the International Pinzgauer Association, to name a few.
Dr. Dick was…"A noble heart made weak by time and fate but strong in mind to strive, to seek, to find and not to yield."(Lord Byron). Dr. Dick was a man of courage, strength, kindness and integrity…a gentleman who made natural connections with people, the land and the animals who foraged it.
The Memorial Service will be at 1 p.m., February 12th at the First Presbyterian Church, 123 4th Ave SW, Conrad, Montana. Reception following the service will be held at Norley Hall, 400 North Virginia.
Memorials may be sent to Washington State University Foundation: College of Veterinary Medicine, Richard G. Kauk, DVM Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 647010, Pullman, Washington 99164-7010.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Jan. 21, 2016
James E. Perry ('61 DVM) - August 23, 2015
James E. (Doc) Perry passed away Sunday, August 23, 2015 in Eagle Point, Ore.
There was no cow he couldn’t catch, no yearling stud colt he couldn’t cut, no calf he wouldn’t try to save, and no chute he wouldn’t work for countless hours. He was a man loved by all who knew him. He was a man who would help anyone who needed it. He was a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather,. He was a great friend, a hero, a role model, and a legend to many.
Jim was born to Richard and Irma Perry in Arizona, December 28, 1935. The family moved to Southern Oregon while he was a young boy.
Jim married his high school sweetheart, Claudia Hutton, August 5, 1955. Jim and Claudia settled in Eagle Point and raised three sons.
Jim was a graduate of WSU College of Veterinary Medicine and spent the last 50 years as a veterinarian in the Rogue Valley. Jim put himself through veterinary school by winning in the many rodeos where he competed in calf roping and team roping.
Jim taught his sons and grandsons to rope and you could see the twinkle in his eye as his two year old great-grandson was swinging his rope and roping the dummy.
Jim is survived by his wife, Claudia; sons Mike (Miki), Mark (Zena) and Charles; grandchildren, Cody (Alex), Wade, Colby, Caleb Perry, and Raine Brown (Dustin); great-grandchildren, Jesse Perry and Dylan Brown.
A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 3, at the ranch of Tom and Donetta Perry, 11099 Hwy 140, Eagle Point.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hope Ranch, P.O. Box 3788 Central Point, Ore. 97502.
“Welcome to heaven cowboy, your entry fees are paid.”Published by the Mail Tribune on Aug 30, 2015.