Fernley W. Duey

Fernley W. “Doc” Duey

April 23, 1915 – November 12, 2008 The memory of the first Veterinarian in Bellevue, WA lives on even with the death of the man, Dr. Fernley W. Duey. He passed away in Bakersfield, CA on November 12, 2008 at the young age of 93. Born to pioneers Pearl and Bill Duey, in Sedro Wooley, WA, he was raised on the Duey milk farm known as Twin Valley Dairy in Wilburton. This is now Kelsey Creek Park.He attended all Bellevue schools and graduated from Bellevue High School in 1933. He earned his degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1939 from Washington State College. The Cougars and their sports programs were dear to his heart, especially the Football Program!Dr. Duey entered the Army in 1941 where he fought in World War II. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of Lt. Colonel. He also was recognized by the Chinese Army for his value and service, receiving a Medal of Commendation.Returning home to Bellevue, he opened his Clinic on 4th Street (now Bellevue City Park) becoming Bellevue’s first practicing veterinarian. Always active in the community, he served over 20 years on the Bellevue School Board. He was also a 50-year member of the Bellevue Lions Club and Chamber of Commerce. He received Bellevue Citizen of the Year for his valued service. “Doc” was also instrumental in starting Little League Baseball in Bellevue and coached successful teams for over 10 years.He, and his wife Dorothy, moved to Palm Desert, CA in 1970 where he was a 25-year member of Shadow Mountain Golf Club, serving two terms as President.His wife, of 68 years, preceded him in death on September 26, 2007 at the age of 89. He leaves a son Mike, daughter-in-law Karen and their sons Kody and wife Michelle, Kyle and wife Shelly and Kade and wife Christine in Bakersfield; daughter Sugar Murphy and son-in law Nick and their children Angela and Nick in Olympia, WA. He also had nine great grandchildren. His sister, Alta Starkel and husband Bill live in Puyallup, WA. His brother Bill preceded him in death. “Doc” was a dear man and will be missed by family and friends.

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