Dr. David Lee Pritchard of Sebastopol passed away on April 6, 2012 at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with family at his side. Dave was born in Tacoma, WA on June 22, 1943 to Betty Mae and Harvey James Pritchard. After high school graduation in 1961 Dave left Parma, ID to attend Washington State University, where he received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1969. He completed his surgical residency at UC Davis in 1971. Later that year Dave began his career at Redwood Veterinary Hospital in Santa Rosa. In 1981, he and Dr. Ken Hartley, purchased Westside Veterinary Hospital in Santa Rosa. The practice grew with a devoted staff and clientele and Dave took pride in teaching and training of the staff members. Dave worked alongside his wife Lora, who managed the clinic, until it was sold to VCA Veterinary Hospitals in 2010. Over the course of his career, Dave provided veterinary care to Sonoma County Sheriff's Department canines and worked as a traveling vet for the Iditarod Dog Sled Race. Dave was an accomplished wood craftsman, a passionate fly fisherman and an adoring husband (and he loved his John Deere). Recently Dave and Lora especially enjoyed the camaraderie of the Wednesday hiking group. In addition to Lora, his wife of 17 years, and eternal soulmate, Dave is survived by daughter, Traci (Russ) Anderson of Aptos; son, Christopher (Jodi), granddaughters, Courtney, Hallie, Lanie, and Emmiline, of Orinda; former wife, Sandra of Santa Rosa; and brother, Jim of Flagstaff, AZ. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Dr. David Lee Pritchard, to the Community Foundation Sonoma County, to provide scholarships to students studying veterinary medicine. Checks to the David Pritchard Scholarship Fund may be sent to Community Foundation Sonoma County, 250 D St. Ste 205, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Apr. 29 to Apr. 30, 2012