Mark M. Ott

Dr. Mark M. Ott died Oct. 13, 2017 in Cherry Valley.

A fisherman’s prayer dedicated to Mark Ott:

“Lord, give the grace to catch a fish so big that even I, when telling of it afterwards, may never need to lie.”

Our lives are the sum total of our experiences.

Our experiences are the sum total of our memories.

Mark Maxwell and Pamela Ann, childhood sweethearts, were united in marriage June 30, 1968, just six days after Mark turned 21 (so his father did not have to sign for him).

Mark was a sophomore in veterinary school at Iowa State and Pamela was a high school music teacher.

Dr. Ott graduated from Iowa State Veterinary School in 1971.

Mark and Pamela then moved to Northern California where Mark began his internship at University of California, Davis Veterinary School.

From there, Mark and Pamela moved to San Bernardino.

This was the beginning of the Dr. Waters, Dr. Simington and Dr. Ott legacy — the Indian, the albino and the hippie.

These special veterinarians and their wives became our family.

In 1973, Mark and Pamela moved to Cherry Valley. Zachari Kyler was born in 1972 and Justin Maxwell was born in 1976.

Over the last 46 years, Ott cared for thousands of horses and their owners.

Ott was a dedicated practitioner. His oath to veterinary medicine was to use his special skills and knowledge for the benefit of society, to protect animal health, relieve animal suffering and advance equine medicine.

Ott practiced his profession conscientiously, with dignity and integrity, keeping to the principles of veterinary ethics.

He enjoyed and accepted a life-long obligation to the continual improvement of his professional knowledge and competence.

Ott was involved in his community, giving generously to multiple interests.

One that was dear to his heart was Zach and Justin’s baseball.

He became a mentor to both sons and their friends throughout their years of baseball. Still to this day, these young men remember his words and guidance.

Ott had a special gift and compassion of making colleagues and friends feel special. If you ever spent any time with Ott, you know the feeling.

Dr. Mark Ott will be truly missed by many of the people he touched throughout his amazing life.

Mark Ott is survived by his wife, Pamela Ann; his sons Zach and Justin, their wives, Edna and Ollie, and five grandchildren Zoe, Soleil, Kessler, Sydney and Maddox, his brother Dennis and his sister, Sheryl Nixt.

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