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Dr. Robert F. (Doc) Goodbary DVM

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Dr. Robert Franklin Goodbary, DVM, 79, who was known as "Doc", died December 28, 2013, at his home on the ranch in Clements, California. His final days were surrounded by family and friends at home, where he candidly would say, he was "just chuggin' along". "Doc" was born August 3, 1934 in Chandler, Oklahoma to Omer "Snip" and Olga Mae Goodbary. His father worked as a Ferrier, after moving his family from Oklahoma to Yuba City, California in the 1940's. His mother was a homemaker.

In honor of "Doc", there will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, January 25, 2014, in which a horse race will be named after him and televised nationally by satellite on www.calexpoharness.com. This will start at about 6:00pm PST, at the Race Track at CalExpo, Sacramento, California.

"Doc" graduated from Yuba City High School in 1952. While in high school, he worked as the only paperboy who delivered the San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle to Yuba City and Marysville. After graduating from high school, he attended college at Michigan State and graduated in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinarian Medicine, and in 1958 with a Doctorate in Veterinarian Medicine. "Doc" graduated with high honors at the top of his class. He completed his Doctorate in only six years, while working three jobs, including a summer job back home at the Del Monte Cannery as the Floor Foreman, overseeing about 35 employees. After graduating from college, "Doc" moved back to California, where he began his career as a Professor at the University of California-Davis and opened two small animal clinics. "Doc" also owned and operated the Buena Mora Ranch in Pleasanton, California, and later owned and operated the ranch in Clements, California with his wife, Jeannette Goodbary. "Doc" worked as the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Race Track Veterinarian in Northern and Southern California race tracks, operating on and treating many race horses in his day. He always had drivers to help him go to and from the race tracks. He used students from UC Davis for drivers so they could come and learn, but it seemed none could stay awake to work for "Doc" more than a week, as his work day was at least 20 to 22 hours. Back in the day, "Doc" would drive to five race tracks in one day and back home, and then did joint surgery at night. In Northern California, he worked many years at Bay Meadows, Golden Gate Fields and Tanforan race tracks, as well as the Northern California Fairground circuit that included Cal Expo, Stockton, Pleasanton, Santa Rosa, Vallejo and Fresno. In Southern California, he worked many years at the Los Alamitos and Santa Anita race tracks. "Doc's" best years were working at Los Alamitos on the Quarter Horses, back when horse racing was fun. "Doc" used to say "the worst paying clients were actors."

"Doc" enjoyed watching football, gardening (at home and even at the Race Track), playing cards and winning, loved dancing and making his annual treks to Sayulita, Mexico to vacation with family and friends. "Doc" liked being in charge and doing it his way, the right way. No one was ever a stranger to him. He was greatly respected, loved and adored by family, friends and colleagues who knew him. They all were considered "family".

"Doc" is survived by his wife, Jeannette Goodbary of Clements, California; his son, David Goodbary of St. Louis, Missouri; his brother and sister-in-law, George and Ginger Goodbary of Marysville, California; and several grandchildren, Elizabeth, Connor, Dylan, Brooke, Ryan, Amanda, Alex and Anthony; many nephews and nieces; and Dr. Herb Wright, a fellow Veterinarian, who was like a son to "Doc".

He was preceded in death by his Father and Mother, "Snip" and Olga Mae Goodbary; his two sisters, Mary Ann Yerzy (nee: Goodbary) and Donna Sue Prevatt (nee: Goodbary); his son, Richard Goodbary; and Dorothy Stringer, his Mother-in-law, who was like a real Mother to him.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following animal rescue or any animal rescue of choice:

The Grace Foundation

P.O. Box 4692

El Dorado Hills,

CA 95762

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Jan. 22, 2014
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