Clarence Herbrandson
May 9, 2020

Dr. Clarence Herbrandson

BOZEMAN, Mont. | Dr. Clarence Roger Herbrandson, 84, died May 9, 2020, in Bozeman, following a two-year battle with cancer.

Roger was born Oct. 9, 1935, in Spink, SD, the son of Clarence and Aleta (Newell) Herbrandson. His early years were in Alcester and rural Lincoln County and he graduated from Alcester High School. He earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1959, and was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi National Honorary Society in recognition of the highest scholastic achievement. In 1964, he received the Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota and was certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine. He was honorably discharged as a USAF Major in 1971.

As a General Practitioner, Roger was in Vermillion, SD, from 1966 to 1976, and was also on the faculty of the University of SD. Dr. Gene Numsen, who had been his classmate in pre-med at USD, recently recalled, "I visited Roger one time in the early or mid-1970's. He was practicing in Vermillion at that time and I traveled out of Vermillion to visit him on a farm where he was driving a tractor and doing fieldwork for a patient who was unable to work due to a recent heart attack." Family medicine took Roger to several locations including Spearfish, SD, Greybull, WY, and a later affiliation with the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas.

He moved to Bozeman in 2014, to be near his daughter Cindy and her husband Greg Kindschi. Affectionately called "DOC," he worked as a locum tenens doctor part time at Zip Urgent Care in Belgrade, MT, practicing until his cancer diagnosis at age 82.

Among his interests, Roger especially enjoyed his pilot's license and, while living in Vermillion, had a landing strip at his parent's farm north of Alcester. His other pursuits included horseback riding, skiing, hunting, fishing, and he sang and played the guitar. He loved animals, especially horses and dogs.

His parents and son-in-law, Nicholas C. Harris, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; five daughters: Cindy (Greg) Kindschi, Bozeman, Dr. Carmen Herbrandson, D.V.M., Haysville, KS, Colleen (Javier) Sanchez, La Mirada, CA, Maureen Herbrandson, Sparta, TN, and Alison Herbrandson-Harris, Bellingham, WA; four grandchildren: Kathryn M. Paulenich, Tyler (Savannah) Herbrandson, and Jonathan and Elizabeth Sanchez; three sisters: Beverly (Ralph) Behrens, Lake Forest, IL, Sara Sabo, Sun City, AZ, and Deborah (Kirk) Russell, Ames, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

In Roger's memory, people may adopt a pet or take someone fishing.

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Published by Rapid City Journal on Jan. 9, 2021.
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Another happy moment. He loved fishing, and catching them even more.
Colleen Sanchez
January 10, 2021
One of his loves... riding horses. See the big grin?
Colleen Sanchez
January 10, 2021
Two precious kittens adopted in Dad's memory.
Maureen Herbrandson
January 10, 2021
Among my favorite memories of Dad include him scooping me, his "Little Mugwump" up into the tractor with our German Shepherd for the day, or into the truck to go to town and gather supplies, stopping at the vending machine to grab a couple packets of M&Ms for the two of us saying, "Now don't tell your Mother." As we did not keep sweets at home.. Our adventures into town were few and far between not so many days off. I grew up thinking the only time Dad ever sat still for any length of time to rest or sleep was during church services.
Ali Herbrandson-Harris
January 10, 2021