Robert "Doc" Harben(1933 - 2013)

Robert "Doc" Harben, 79, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013. Service: 2 p.m. Thursday at Cox Funeral Home Benton with Chaplain Bryan Cooper officiating. Interment: 2 p.m. Saturday in Steep Hollow Cemetery, Bryan. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Cox Funeral Home. Robert was born Aug. 28, 1933, in New York City to Nat J. Harben and Mattie Sue Logan. As a child, he moved to Fort Worth, where he graduated from Pascal High School. He then moved to Bryan to attend Texas A&M University. While attending A&M, Robert was on the track and rodeo teams. It was there that he married Frances Schultz in 1953. Robert received his bachelor's degree in animal husbandry and in science before enlisting in the United States Army as a lieutenant on Aug. 16, 1957. He and Frances moved to Georgia where he was stationed at Fort Benning and then to Missouri where he was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood. Robert was honorably discharged Feb. 15, 1958. Upon his discharge, he moved to Fort Worth where he attended Texas Christian University, receiving BA degrees in geology. He and Frances then returned to Bryan, where he received his doctorate of veterinary medicine degree from A&M in 1964. Doc and Frances then moved to Dumas where he opened his first veterinary clinic. He then moved to Albuquerque, then to Ruidoso, where he took care of the race horses at the racetracks for several years. In 1989, they moved to Amarillo, where he opened River Road Veterinary Clinic and ran it until his retirement. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Natalie Murphy and her husband, Jimmy; and one son, Jeff Harben. Survivors: Wife, Frances Harben of Amarillo; son, Logan Harben and wife, Lita, of Fort Worth; daughter, Becky Byers of Amarillo; brother, Jim Harben and wife, Georgann, of Midland; grandchildren, Kristy Harben, Elizabeth Harben, Logan Harben, Lauren Harben and Rachel Byers; and great-grandchildren, Janie and Mia.

Published in Star-Telegram on Apr. 10, 2013