David A. Hildreth, DVM, Coupeville veterinarian, age 72, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Hildreth was born in Joplin, Mo., on June 23, 1945, to John W. and Lorene (Burger) Hildreth. He was raised in Carthage, Mo., and graduated from Carthage High School. David attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he received a BS degree in agriculture economics and a DVM. On Sept. 7, 1968, he married Jacqueline Lee Harper in Dexter, Mo. The couple made their home in Poplar Bluff, Mo.; Carlinville, Ill.; Auburn; and Issaquah, before moving to Coupeville in 2001.
In 1974 Dr. Hildreth purchased the Lake Sammamish Veterinary Hospital in Issaquah. The Hildreths moved to Coupeville in 2001. David operated Hildreth’s House Calls for Animals. He was an active member of the Oak Harbor Church of the Nazarene.
David is survived by his wife Jacque; his three children, Sara Rogers (Chris) of Issaquah, Rebecca Holmberg (Glenn) of Puyallup and Benjamin D. Hildreth (Rin) of Taipei, Taiwan; his brother John F. Hildreth (Peggy) of Birmingham, Ala.; his six grandchildren, Andrew, Austin, Alissa, Anna and Nate Rogers and Brandon Holmberg; also, one grandchild soon to arrive, Harper Hildreth. He was preceded in death by his sisters Mary Ann Laughlin, Dorothy Beatte, Katherine Heitmann and Carol Whitworth.
A memorial service will take place at Oak Harbor Church of the Nazarene, 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, Pastor Benjamin Norris officiating. Memorials are suggested to the Oak Harbor Church of the Nazarene, 1100 W. Whidbey Ave., Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Family and friends are encouraged to share memories and condolences at www.whidbey memorial.com