Karyn Lynn McCulloch 1968 - 2013. Our daughter, sister, aunt, and friend was born on June 25, 1968 in Santa Clara, California and passed away unexpectedly at home on June 13, 2013. Her beloved dogs Puzzle and Taylor were with her when she died. No surprise to anyone who knew her as a child, always bringing home every stray cat and dog she came across, that after graduating with honors from Highland High School in Bakersfield, California in 1986, she continued her education at the University of California at Davis, receiving her undergraduate degree in 1990, and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1994.
The only career she ever considered, Karyn was a practicing veterinarian for the next 19 years in Davis, Santa Barbara, Elk Grove and for the last 10 years, in Lodi, providing skilled and tender care for animals in the Central Valley of California. She was one of the lucky few whose life work was also her life's passion and she spent all of her adult life caring for injured and sick animals with a compassionate human touch to their owners. She was first and always a friend and defender of animals, a champion for all of earth's non-human creatures.
Outside of work, Karyn also spent most of her free time in animal related pursuits. With her treasured furry children, she was an active participant in fly ball, and a fierce competitor in agility for the last 10 years. She loved the music of Willie Nelson, Incubus, and although she might deny it, Hootie and the Blowfish as well. She had more tattoos than toes, more earrings than fingers. She owned and used a tractor and considered fixing the pasture fence followed by some gardening and sun tanning on her farm a pretty awesome way to spend a Sunday. Mostly she just loved playing with her dogs. She was rebellious, opinionated and strong-willed; smart, gentle, and kind. She was a fierce competitor, an always-smiling friend, and most comfortable and real when surrounded by her animal companions.
Karen is survived by her mother, Leslie McCulloch, sisters Leanne and Kimiko, bothers Scott and Mikio, nieces Izabella, Grace, and Olivia, and nephews, Daniel and Wonder. Her father William McCulloch, her grandparents, and a lifetime of pets preceded her in death.
Friends are welcome to celebrate her life at an informal gathering at her house from 12 to 5pm on Saturday, June 22nd in Acampo, CA.
In lieu of flowers, she would have been honored by your support of the Morris Animal Foundation, an organization she so strongly supported "because their research programs for animal well-being continued the work needed after all of my efforts were exhausted". www.morrisanimalfoundation.org
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from June 21 to June 28, 2013