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Mannix, Jack Elliot D.V.M.

60, February 11, 1952 - December 4, 2012.

Coto De Caza resident Jack E. Mannix passed away peacefully December 4, 2012 during an afternoon nap. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Liz, and their three children, Ryan, Elin and Erika, his brothers Frank and Rick, his sister Kathy and his grandchildren Noah, Abram and Joseph who lovingly knew him as "Far Far" (father's father in Swedish).

Jack was born to Frank Joseph and Laura Kathleen Mannix in Stockton, California. Raised in San Diego, he attended St. Augustine High School, an all-boys Catholic school, where he excelled in academics (receiving the National Merit Award), football, basketball, and especially baseball. He was drafted for third base by the Kansas City Athletics but decided to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian.

On August 17th, 1974, he married the love of his life, Liz. In 1975 he graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Biology and was awarded Phi Beta Kappa distinction. He attended the University of California at Davis, where he earned his Master's degree in Animal Science and his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. He was selected as the Student Representative to the California American Veterinary Medical Association and received the American Animal Hospital Association student award in 1980 for clinical proficiency in small animal medicine and surgery (receiving the award the same day his son was born). He was chosen on the basis of his knowledge and skill, as well as his concern for, and his ability to communicate with clients, and for his attention to the comfort and well being of his patients. How well he lived out these virtues throughout his career. He also received awards from Diamond-Syntex and the AVMA Auxiliary for services rendered to the Veterinary School student body and to the profession. He wrote a monthly article that was published in the journal of the California Veterinary Medical Association. He was honored to be elected by his veterinary classmates to be their student speaker at commencement.

Upon graduation, he began his veterinary career at Carmel Animal Hospital. In 1986 he achieved his life's dream of owning and operating his own veterinary practice-purchasing San Juan Animal Hospital from Dr. Tom Schauwecker. He took joy each day in offering his "loving care for both ends of the leash." He took pride in his hospital's prestigious AAHA distinction which is awarded to the top 15% of veterinary hospitals in the US and Canada. He and his hospital earned this distinction for 32 consecutive years. He served as an expert witness in Veterinary Medicine in multiple court cases. Most recently, he was honored to assist with Admission Interviews at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University in Pomona. He showed a deep compassion for his clients and patients, even to the end, often going to family's homes to gift the animal and humans with a comfortable and dignified passing. It was a common occurrence for Dr. Mannix to bring home a sick animal to give it his medical and personal attention. He is remembered for his prolific advice and innate ability to articulate his thoughts with both humor and honesty. Dr. Mannix took great pride in his staff and their consistent delivery of exceptional service. He assisted many employees, students and volunteers in achieving their goal of being admitted to veterinary school. He served the local community by volunteering his time, talents, and facility to school programs, law enforcement canines, animal shelters and rescue organizations, canine companions and guide dogs, and other causes too numerous to name.

As a dedicated father and role model, Jack held numerous leadership roles in his community including Boy Scouts, YMCA Indian Guides and Indian Princesses, Little League, Bobbi Sox, Club Gymnastics, Club Diving, Dance Groups and High School football, volleyball, track and diving teams. For over 20 years, he cherished his weekends spent at his three kids' activities: games, meets, recitals, award nights, graduations, father-daughter dances and open houses.

He was a dedicated husband, devoted father and brother, doting grandfather, and an exceptional caretaker to all. His booming laugh and larger than life personality made an impression on everyone who met him. Jack cherished quality time with his family and pets and was happiest when he was with them. Jack enjoyed golfing and fly-fishing with friends, traveling with his family, and sneaking his dogs their favorite fast food treats. He was a well read man, fascinated by science and history, and loved to share his knowledge with and learn from others. His laughter and presence will be greatly missed, but his memory and spirit will be with us forever.

He asked that his epitaph read: "He loved his life, and he loved his wife and family. He lived it to the fullest, and never looked back."

Jack requested that anyone who his life touched join in his celebration which is set for Saturday, December 15th at 1:30PM. The service will take place at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church and, at his request, pets are invited and encouraged to attend the reception which will follow at the adjacent Sillers Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the Mannix Family requests that donations be made to the following organizations in Jack's memory.

Guide Dogs for the Blind, www.guidedogs.com

UC Davis Companion Animal Memorial Fund

www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/CCAH/donations/makingdonation.cfm The ARK of San Juan- Companion Animal Rescue

www.arkofsanjuan.org/You_Can_Help/needs.htm

Published in Orange County Register on Dec. 9, 2012
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