Harold "Doc" Haskins, age 71, of Diamond, Mo., entered through the Lord's pearly gates on December 6, 2017, surrounded by friends and family.
Doc was born May 10, 1946, to the late Frank and Pauline Haskins in Monett, Mo.
Doc married Jayne on June 10, 1988, who survives at the home.
Additional survivors are sons, Steven Haskins (Denise), of Diamond, and Bryon Haskins (Becky), of Lamar, Mo.; and daughter, Jennifer Culver (Doug), of Webb City, Mo. Doc had nine grandchildren, Zachary (deceased), Taylor and Layne Haskins, Jacob and Shelby Haskins, and Kali Haskins, Karson, Kamdyn, and Kate Culver. Doc is also survived by three brothers and four sisters, Bill Haskins, Betty Hancock (John), Leslie Haskins, Mary Enlow (Wayne), Bob Haskins (Sandy), Janice Weiser (John), Nancy Wallis (Keith), and numerous nieces and nephews.
Doc's legacy, influence, stubbornness, and advice (sometimes asked for and sometimes not) will never be forgotten. His vast knowledge of animals, politics, and everyday life is rivaled by very few.
Touching lives, spending time with his family, friends, and community, helping out in any way possible, and being one of the greatest "all-around cowboys" is only a minute tribute to the earthly life of Doc. Leading friends and family to Christ, and continually praising his Lord was Doc's ultimate goal in life. The Holy Spirit was never more visible than in his last few months, while battling an insurmountable physical war, Doc continued to influence doctors, nurses, orderlies, visitors, family, and even complete strangers even though his body was failing him. He will truly never be forgotten by anyone who ever came into contact with him.
After graduation in 1970 from the University of Missouri Veterinary school, he worked tirelessly day and night through rain, snow, cold, hot, mud, blood, and manure to ensure the animals entrusted to him had the best possible care. In 1973, Doc built the Animal Clinic of Neosho, and practiced there through 1984. In 1986, Doc began a second career at the Joplin Regional Stockyards and has been a fixture there for 31 years. For the past 25 years, the Animal Clinic of Diamond has been Doc's home base. His legacy continues on today.
In 2015, he was awarded the Bovine Veterinarian of the Year for the state of Missouri. He has also received numerous awards for his outstanding service to his profession over the years. He also served on the board of directors of the Joplin Humane Society and the Talkington Foundation.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made in Doc's memory to the Talkington Foundation in care of Clark Funeral Home P.O. Box 66, Neosho, Missouri, 64850.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, December 12, at 10 a.m. at the Diamond First Baptist Church, with interment following at Berwick Cemetery, east of Granby, Mo. The family will receive friends on Monday, December 11, from 5 to 7 p.m., also at the Diamond First Baptist Church.
Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, Mo.
Published on December 10, 2017