STEVEN J. WAGNER, DVM Steven J. Wagner, DVM, died Sunday at the age of 68. He was born October 16, 1944 at Moscow, Idaho to Palmer and Lucille (Schoepflin) Wagner. He attended schools in Garfield, WA. Steve, known as Doc Wag to his friends, graduated from veterinary school at Washington State University, and moved from the eastern Washington farming community where he was raised to Southern California. He has been there ever since, first settling in Upland and then in the High Desert where he practiced large and small animal medicine, most recently in Phelan. Doc was gifted in his profession, where he endeavored to serve the veterinary community, people and animals through two terms as president of the California Veterinary Medical Association and also as an investigator for the Bureau of Consumer Affairs. He volunteered both as a San Bernardino Sheriff's Level Three Reserve Deputy and as a Sheriff's Ranger and a past Captain. He enjoyed the Western lifestyle and raising funds for charities through WHOA, Inc. (Wild Horsemen of America). He was also a past member of the Apple Valley Sheriff's Posse. He was a member of the Rancho Vistadores. He was President of the High Desert Cattlemen's Assoc. He was a local Cattleman with a herd of Registered Black Angus Cattle. He was a giant of a man that lived life to its fullest and loved his friends and family. He is survived by his wife Nancy; daughter Stacia Phillips of Mission Viejo, CA; and son Jarrad Wagner of Tulsa, OK. Also surviving are seven grandchildren; siblings Ted Wagner of Spokane, and Kathy Higgins of Spokane. There was a graveside service that was held Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Silver Creek Cemetery south of Farmington, WA. His Celebration of Life will be held at the Graham's, 9233 Deep Creek Rd., Apple Valley, Ca. 92308 on Sunday, December 2 @ 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to WHOA, Inc. (Wild Horsemen of America) A Non-Profit Corporation, Tax ID #73131692, mail to 17109 Eureka St., Victorville, 92395.
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Published in the Daily Press from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29, 2012