The Coastal Post - March, 1998


Don Deane, a 42- year resident of Marin County, died in San Rafael on February 14 at the age of 85. He was born on May 12, 1912 in Wymore, Nebraska, and raised in Ft. Collins, Colorado, where his family had farmed since the middle 1800s.

He attended the State Agriculture College of Colorado, paying for his education by playing with college bands, and received a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.

Col. Deane began his military career in the Colorado National Guard in 1931. He was commissioned a 1st Lieutenant, Regular Army Veterinary Corps in 1936, assigned to the First Cavalry Division as Veterinarian, 7th Calvary Regiment, Mounted, caring for the 3,000 horses of the unit.

During World War II he supervised research and development of military survival rations as one of the Officers in Charge of the Army Food and Research Division in Chicago, Illinois.

Following tours of duty with the Surgeon General's office in Washington, D.C., he was assigned as Veterinarian, U.S. Forces in Austria where he supervised and developed the first fresh milk processing plant for U.S. troops in Europe after the war.

Col. Deane retired from the Army in 1956, from Ft. Riley, Kansas, where the 7th Cavalry Regiment was first constituted in 1866. After moving to Marin County, he worked for the California State Department of Agriculture and retired from his post as Area Veterinarian in charge of nine Bay Area counties in 1974.

He is survived by his wife Barbara, brother Dr. Harold Deane of Ft. Collins, Colorado, and two sons, Anthony L. Deane and Don R. Deane.

Memorial contributions can be made to Marin Guide Dogs for the Blind and Marin Foundation Friends of Ariquipa.

There will be a private graveside service. Arrangements are being made by Russell and Gooch Mortuary.

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