Richard Bernard "Dick" Barsaleau
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Dr. Barsaleau passed away February 12, 2013. He is survived by his four children, Mark in Porterville, Calif.; Robin Chriss in Carlsbad, Calif.; Mary Grace Barsaleau in Irvine, Calif.; and Dean in Summerville, South Carolina; his two brothers, Jack in Meriden, Connecticut and Warren, in West Willington, Connecticut; seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his two sisters, Elizabeth McAuley and Elois Schlosser, and by his wife of 42 years, Maggie, who passed on February 14, 2012
Dr. Barsaleau lived a long and exciting life. He was born August 17, 1925 in Falls, Pennsylvania, the son of professional cavalryman and horseman, Henry Barsaleau, and devoted mother Grace Pinder Barsaleau. His adult career started in the U.S. Marine Corps fighting in the Pacific at Tinian and Saipan, during World War II. After the war, he attended Colorado State University where he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1952.
During the years 1955 to 1969 he was actively engaged in both small and large animal medicine and surgery practice. He was a resident veterinarian at equine breeding farms in Southern California and briefly in Ohio. He owned or partnered in veterinary practices in San Luis Obispo and Visalia, California and held a judges card with the American Horse Shows Association.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Dr. Barsaleau applied his knowledge to teaching as the Animal Heath Technology Program Director at Cosumnes River College. At his home in Loomis, CA he raised and trained Arabian horses for endurance riding. He was an active judge for the American Horse Shows Association and authored the Handbook Guide for Veterinary Judges. He was also a writer-contributor to many equine publications such as Western Horseman, Arabian Horse Times, and others, also writing in the veterinary medical field for the California Veterinarian, and The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Along with his imaginary French-Canadian cousin "Bateese", he also authored View From Riders' Rest, a collection of poems about endurance riding, family, friends, and his beloved horses.
Dr. Barsaleau was a gentle and intelligent man with a profound love and compassion for animals and their service to man. He was in love with his endurance riding - finishing 14 out of 16 Western States Trail Foundation 100 Mile Tevis Cup Rides. Three of his finishes were in the top ten. Also notable were his achievements in the Levi's Ride & Tie National Competition, and the Quilty Cup 100 Mile Ride in Australia.
Dr. Barsaleau's professional associations included the Tulare County Veterinary Medical Association, California Vet Medical Assn, Tulare County Humane Society, Kaweah Delta Hospital District Board of Directors, 4-H, Lion's Club, Mineral King School Board, San Joaquin Arabian Horse Assn, Mother Lode Arabian Horse Assn, Loomis Basin Horseman's Assn, Western States Trail Foundation Board of Directors, and the Wendell & Inez Robie Foundation, to name a few.
Dr. Barsaleau was a warrior, a compassionate veterinarian, a husband, a father, a community leader, an educator, an organizer, an athlete, and a cowboy poet. We will miss him.
The family would like to thank all of his friends for their love and support over the years, especially Lisia Patterson Molloy-Esquviel who took such great care of their father up until the end. A memorial service and Celebration of Life will be held at The Blue Goose Event Center, 3550 Taylor Road, Loomis, CA 95650 starting at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2013. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Wendell & Inez Robie Foundation, P.O. Box 714, Foresthill, CA 95631.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Feb. 24, 2013