Arthur Joseph Neves was born in Sacramento, Calif. on July 2, 1940 and died on June 2, 2012 in Willows, Calif.
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Art attended schools in Sacramento graduating from high school midyear 1958 from Sacramento High School and then from Sacramento City College. He received his Doctor in Veterinary degree from the University of California at Davis. His education continued at the University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center. After fulfilling his two year obligation to the US Army at Fort Knox, Kentucky, Art ventured into private veterinary practice. Dr. Gary Deter introduced him to him to the real world of veterinary medicine in Salinas, Calif. Art's first solo practice was in Goleta as a resident veterinarian for the Lipizzaner horses at the El Captain Ranch. A Santa Cruz veterinary hospital provided another learning experience before moving onto Paso Robles, Calif. where Dr. Robert Giacomazzi and Art operated a large animal practice. Dr. Yoccum helped Art renew and refine his small animal skills in San Luis Obispo before he ventured home to Northern California to reopen Willows Animal Hospital in 1977. Art loved learning the new trends in veterinary medicine education and attended numerous continuing education classes as well as studying many veterinary publications.
Art married Peggy in the Presbyterian Church in Gridley, Calif. in 1965. Lenore was born at Fort Knox, Kentucky and Stacey arrived while living in Santa Barbara.
Life in Willows began in December of 1977. The past 34 years were busy raising the family and building a business. Art was almost single minded in accomplishing these areas of his life. With the addition of son-in-laws and grandsons another avenue of pleasure opened to him; our girls and their families were at the top of his list.
The four legged black angus "girls" became part of life in 2003; they wear his brand Reverse 7. His thoughts of their future did not extend past the sales yard.
Time spent at Lake Almanor was treasured. Art enjoyed water sports with his daughters and their families as well as the Tour du Lac in the "red" boat. The lake provided a special place to celebrate holidays, especially if there was chocolate to be found.
Affiliations included the following groups: American Veterinary Medical Association, California Veterinary Medical Association, Oregon Veterinary Association, North Valley Veterinary Medical Association, North County Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Society for Thenogenology, National Cattlemen's Association, California Cattlemen's Association, Glenn Colusa Cattlemen's Association, Academy of Rural Veterinarians, Elks Lodge # 1786 Willows, and National Sporting Clays Association. Art was president of Willows Lions Club.
The Stoneyford Rodeo where Art was the event veterinarian was on his calendar for the first weekend of May for many years.
On a summer Thursday night or Sunday afternoon one might find Art at Thunder Hill firing his gun at sporting clay pigeons.
Art is survived by his wife, Margaret (Peggy); daughters, Lenore Rooney (Brian) and Stacey Cranfill (Dan); grandsons, Gage and Kian Cranfill, Connor and Max Rooney; sisters, Alberta Bryant and Jackie Kuehl (John); three nephews, and five nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Perry Neves and Hilda L. Neves Gomes; as well as a sister, Doris DeSa.
Memorial contributions may be made to UCD Foundation or Enloe Cancer Center, c/o Enloe foundation 249 West 6th Ave., Chico, Ca 95926.
Services will be held at the Elks Lodge June 17, 2012, 2:00 p.m. in Willows, California.
Published in Willows Journal from June 16 to June 23, 2012