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Jerry Harsch

 

Jerry Harsch

Dr. Jerry Harsch, died at age 83 on February 17, 2015 at his home in Medford, Oregon.

He grew up on a farm in Bothell, attended Roosevelt High School in Seattle, studied pre-vet at the University of Washington for two years, and then earned his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1955 from Washington State University. In 1964, Jerry purchased Mid Columbia Veterinary Clinic in Goldendale, where he developed the practice, with primary interest in equine and bovine practice, until he retired in 2000. During his tenure in Goldendale, the clinic established a facility for large-animal medical and surgical procedures.

Jerry loved Goldendale. When asked why he chose Goldendale, he replied, "This is where we wanted to live. And I believe if you're good at what you do, people will come to you."

This proved to be true; in addition to a growing practice throughout Klickitat, Gilliam and Sherman Counties and the Yakima Valley, the clinic also served clients from as far as California to the south and Canada to the north.

In 1971, the Mid Columbia Veterinary Clinic was the featured "Practice Profile" in The Journal of the American Veterinary Association. The article quotes Jerry: "You have to consider the ranchers as friends, rather than as clients. And they are indeed our friends - our best friends". Throughout the 36 years he practiced, ranchers and pet owners alike were among his friends.

Jerry received a number of honors, including Goldendale Boss of the Year, Klickitat County Achievement Award, and Sherman County Achievement Award. He also served for eight years on the Goldendale School Board.

Jerry's parents were Alfred and Belle Harsch. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Harsch, his children, Sasha and Kenton Harsch, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

 

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