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Robert "Vic" Tate M.D.


1929 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
ROBERT "VIC" TATE, M.D.

Robert "Vic" Tate, M.D., from Hemet, California passed away on Thursday, September 28, 2017. He was born February 6, 1929 in Concordia, Kansas to the late Milo Earl and Octa Olive Tate.
Dr. Tate enlisted in the Marines in 1950, trained in San Diego and later shipped to the Korean peninsula. While in Korea Dr. Tate volunteered to go into an enemy area to find the George Company which had been lost and separated behind enemy lines, he was wounded by shrapnel a month later. Sergeant Tate was awarded the Bronze Star for an act of valor in combat and the Purple Heart for his wound. Dr. Tate was discharged after the war and decided to attend college, first becoming a pharmacist and later a physician.
Dr. "Vic" Tate was married to his sweetheart he met while in medical school at Oklahoma University, Kay Hysell Tate. Kay gave birth to their first child Vickie Lynn while Dr. Tate was in medical school. Vickie has two children Alexis and Mitchell of Virginia. After becoming a physician with residency in Phoenix, Dr. Tate was recruited to Hemet, California by Dr. Long and Dr. Merrill. Once in Hemet Kay gave birth to their second daughter, Valerie Sue of Houston, Texas.
Dr. Tate's wife Kay passed away in 2004 while they were retired in Bellingham, Washington. After several years, in 2007, Vic was blessed to find Diane Carothers and they were married. Diane has a daughter in Arizona, a son in Seattle and one grandchild and three great grandchildren in Arizona.
Dr. Tate went on to practice over (30) years in Hemet performing numerous surgeries and delivering over 2500 babies. In Hemet and the San Jacinto Valley Dr. Tate quickly began to serve the community as a member and past president of the Exchange Club, Volunteer Team, physician for the High School and Community College sports teams sidelines, a volunteer physician for the Ramona Pageant first aid station, a founding member of the Hemet – San Jacinto Search and Rescue Team, Past Trustee Hospital Board, and Past Trustee Hemet Hospital Foundation. As President of the Exchange Club he led the effort to build and donate to Valley Wide the Searl Park. He was also President of the Hemet San Jacinto Action Group, appointed by then Senator Dave Kelley to the California Senate Select Committee for the establishment of the Western Science Center and a founding Director, and a tireless worker as a volunteer physician during the 1980 San Jacinto floods when the San Jacinto River levee failed.
Dr. R.V. Tate was an American hero one the most active community leaders and volunteers of his generation and left a lasting mark on the San Jacinto Valley.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday October 5, 2017 at 9:30am at the Western Science Center 2345 Searl Prky, Hemet CA 92543. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Western Science Center a (501`C3) that Dr. Tate helped create. An interment will be in Quantico National Cemetery, Quantico, VA.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Oct. 3, 2017
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