Dr. Kent J. “Doc” Freer passed away on May 13 2020 after a prolonged illness.
He was born in Gillette, Wyo., on May 14 1941 and lived there until he graduated from high school. He then attended Colorado State University, where he received his degree in veterinary medicine.
Kent and his wife, Marie, moved to Whidbey Island, Wash., in July 1968 to work in a mixed practice with Dr. R.O. Ellis. In a very short time the practice grew until it included all of the island and Kent could devote himself full time to large animals.
Kent was well liked by his clients and was diligent about answering his phone at night and on weekends. He would get out of bed and take care of emergencies and was very appreciated by people, as evidenced by several boxes of cards and letters expressing their gratitude.
Dr. Freer donated his time to inspect animals at the Island County Fair and made himself available to treat injuries and emergencies there. He also mentored school students from Coupeville and Oak Harbor, Wash., who were interested in veterinary medicine or agricultural careers. Several of those students went on to graduate from vet school which really pleased him.
Kent was a member of the Southern Baptist Church and a committed Christian. When the Christian Veterinary Mission was formed, he saw it as an opportunity to serve by sharing his veterinary knowledge and his beliefs.
He volunteered his time, medicine, equipment and, sometimes, came back with empty suitcases because he gave his clothes away.
Friends and family were of utmost importance as Kent had many loyal friendships from as early as grade school that he maintained throughout his life.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marie; two daughters, Valerie and Carmen; one grandson, Aksel; and three first cousins.
Because of the coronavirus, a service was not possible, so his family has created a memorial on the Internet with stories, pictures, etc. Anyone who knew Kent is invited to visit the page and participate by sharing stories of pictures.
The website is www.never-gone.com — search for doc freer on the site.