Dr. Carl Lind remembered as ‘one of the greatest guys’

By Deb Murphy

Dr. Carl Lind, DVM was gruff and opinionated, vet who took the death of his patients as hard as their owners, a mentor to the young people who worked at Bishop Veterinarian Hospital. He wasn’t PC, he was a friend, a perpetual volunteer, a party animal. He loved kids, animals and his community.

Lind died at his home on February 12 after a battle with ALS.

Lind’s family moved to Bishop when he was 13. He worked for Dr. Joe Hird at Bishop Vet during his high school years. “Hird was my mentor, my hero,” he said during an interview shortly after his retirement, 40 years after he joined the practice in 1970. Hird was the reason Lind studied veterinarian medicine at University of California, Davis just as Lind was the reason scores of his mentorees went into medicine.

One or his projects was Dr. Craig London who followed in his footsteps. “He had enormous personal energy,” London said. “While he was living at Desiderata, he’d get at 5 a.m. in the winter and de-ice the creeks. He worked passionately and then in his free-time do his charitable work.”

According to London, Lind was adamant about keeping Bishop Vet at the forefront of medical advancements. “He’d go to vet conventions and come back with the latest stuff. Some of it had to go back,” he admitted.

Lind loved to work with the packers, take his family on trips to the back country. He loved spending time with friends Stacey Bardfield and Gary McCoy on their houseboats on Lake Tahoe. “We invited him one weekend,” remembers Bardfield. “The next year he asked if he could bring his family, his extended family…. He was a dear, dear friend; one of the greatest guys in the world.”

Lind’s death hit Bardfield hard a couple of days ago. She’d been referred to a clinic in San Diego for her dog with a possible cancer diagnosis. When she got the news it wasn’t cancer, her first instinct was to call Lind and tell him the good news. “That’s the first time in 40 years I couldn’t report back to Carl,” she said.

Bishop Vet’s policy had been to let people make payments. Bardfield went one better, forming the non-profit For 4 Paws, to help cover the costs of care for family pets.

He was Mule days’ first Show Chairman, involved in 4-H and Boy Scouts, the proxy buyer for the Junior Livestock Show with the mission to get as much money for the participants as humanly possible. He served on Bishop school boards for nearly 30 years. During his last term his focus was to make sure students with fewer advantages could get a good education. “The kids in West Bishop will be okay,” he’d say. It was the other kids he worried about.

He had a permanent spot in the stands at Bishop High’s football field during his grandsons’ high school years. He provided support to area packers, pressed for research to help the local cattle industry. 

A lot of locals have their own special memories of Lind. Pam Render worked with him at the Lone Pine clinic. “At first I thought he was gruff,” she said. Soon she saw his dedication to the animals. “He saved Dawson’s (her horse) life.”

My own best memory: Referring to my flea-bitten Arab gelding, who looked like he’d been assembled from spare horse parts but had a great sense of humor, when Abe was in for X-rays after coming up three-legged, Lind said, “he’s a nice little horse.” Nobody ever said that about Abe, but Carl.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; sons, Mark and Steve; stepchildren Cindy, David and Rich; nine grandchildren; sister, brother and several cousins. He requested there be no services. Please send donations to Bishop High School Scholarship in his name or ALS research, Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles, California.

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9 Responses to Dr. Carl Lind remembered as ‘one of the greatest guys’

  1. April February 26, 2017 at 10:22 pm #

    Dr. Lind was a great vet and role model. He was very patient when I would ask extra questions and so forgiving. He will be missed by so many. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

  2. Robin February 25, 2017 at 7:35 am #

    Dr. Lind held a Round Mountain and Tonopah clinic for well over 30 years. I had taken many pets to him through out the years and he was, at times, brutally honest, a trait I admired in him. He would tell me if it was worth it to pursue treatment on an animal or if it was better for the animal to say Good bye. I never questioned his advice because I knew he wanted what was best for my pet.

    My sympathies to his family and friends. He was a wonderful man.

  3. Sissit Twitchell Short February 24, 2017 at 8:21 pm #

    Carl was the first one to allow me to sing the National Anthem at Bishop Mule Days. Then to ask me to sing several other times, sometimes at the spur of the moment. Carl will be missed.

  4. Sharon Humphreys Finck February 24, 2017 at 10:12 am #

    Many many years ago when our 18 year old mixed German Shepard, Schatzie, was very ill we took her to see Carl. I remember to this day what he said to me…. “Sharon, are you trying to keep her alive for you or for her?” As we had pets years after this I always used that advice whenever it became necessary to make an unhappy decision.

  5. Donna B February 23, 2017 at 9:12 pm #

    Carl was an amazing person on all levels. I loved and respected his honest, no nonsense, (some would call gruff) sincere ,loving approach to everything he was involved with whether it be school board, Mule Days, the Vet Hospital, 4-H, etc…..I often think back to the time when my daughter ,who was 10 years old at the time, purchased a horse with money she earned selling a pig at the 4-H livestock auction. Later, when the horse sustained what proved to be an irreparable injury, all three of the Bishop Vet doctors worked wholeheartedly to save the animal. During the process, I saw all three of shed tears. Despite their around the clock efforts the horse had to be put down. By her own choice, my daughter wrote them a letter expressing her gratitude and appreciation for their work and the love they had shown to her pet. And to top it all off, when I went to pay the bill, I was told there was no charge for their services. I am honored to have had the opportunity to call Carl my friend. I will miss him greatly, and I wish that I could hear his voice once again over the walkie-talkies at Mule Days. RIP Carl, you will certainly be missed but not forgotten.

  6. Tinner February 23, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

    Dang, great vet.

  7. Low Inyo February 23, 2017 at 6:38 am #

    Dr.Lind was a GREAT vet,and like some are saying,at first seemed kind of gruff at times when I first dealt with him at the Lone Pine clinic…but after a couple dealings with a sick pet,it was obvious he cared deeply for animals,and was VERY compassionate with my Cocker “Mr.Brown” when I had to put him down 9 years ago…after a few dealings more with my other pets at the Lone Pine clinic with my new dog “Chloeno”,I got to know him a little bit better,and a very nice man to know…whenever I talk about the pet I had to put down in 2008 it chokes me up a little bit,was a very hard thing to do… the last time I saw Dr.Lind when he was close to retirement,I told him I would miss him being my vet,and reminded him of his compassionate handling with my dog long ago ,and he remembered that day he had to do what he did…9 years ago..we shook hands and I wished him a happy retirement…RIP Dr.Lind….many dogs and cats will be greeting you at the Rainbow Bridge,including my past dog “Mr.Brown”…

  8. John Gallagher February 22, 2017 at 7:48 pm #

    Rest in peace, Dr. Lind. You’ve earned.

  9. SMGreer February 22, 2017 at 7:22 pm #

    When he retired, they did a little speech on how many vet/vet tech students went through the Bishop Vet. It was an astounding number. Carl always was pleasant to me, always sensitive to our animals needs, as well as ours. There were many, many times when bills were not written, or checks not cashed. When it came time to let our animals go, he gave us a hug and every once in awhile, he shed a tear. I don’t think it was for the animal, rather for those that were left behind without them. Now it is us that are without him. RIP Carl. Your presence will be missed.


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