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How Would You Memorialize Dr. Mannix?

He loved our pets, and their owners. If you were in charge, how would you pay tribute to a beloved veterinarian?

EDITOR'S NOTE: This just in, the City Council is dedicating its Tuesday meeting to the memory of Dr. Mannix.  The mayor will be saying a few words in his honor at the meeting also.  "Dr. Mannix’s passing is such a loss to the community," said Cathy Salcedo, executive services manager for the city.

If you were in charge of the city, how would you honor the memory of veterinarian Dr. Jack Mannix?

Mannix, who has owned San Juan Animal Hospital since 1986, passed away Tuesday unexpectedly at work. (Read about the funeral arrangements here.) His sudden death has sent shock waves through the community, many of whom dropped an email of sorry to Patch.

One, who posted publicly, Scott , suggested the city do something to pay tribute to Mannix.

[M]aybe there would be a way to donate and plant a wonderful tree dedicated in his honor at one of our parks--maybe Cooks? It would be a celebration of his "roots" in our town and shelter and haven for other little creatures as well. 

The staff at Plant Depot, which is right next door to the San Juan Animal Hospital on San Juan Creek Road, even said they would donate the tree.

What would be your ideas? Post them below. Patch would like to facilitate where we can.

But don’t expect immediate results. Another beloved veterinarian, Dr. Joe Cortese, died in 2008. City leaders decided to name after him the new dog park, which is currently under construction.

But let’s get the ball rolling and see where this goes. 

Elsa December 10, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Weren't we to have a dog park--sorry if we already do and I haven't kept up with such news. How about a bench there in his honor?
Penny Arévalo (Editor) December 10, 2012 at 03:28 PM
The dog park is to be named after Joe Cortese, who died in 2008. It's under construction now. Do you think naming something there after another veterinarian would take away a bit from Dr. Cortese's memorial?
V. Duvall December 10, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Actually we should have 2 dog parks, but that's another issue. The tree is a beautiful idea and there should be a bench or two under it where people can come, sit and enjoy our beautiful city. Perhaps likenesses of a dog and cat on either side of the benches. Our dogs won't mind a leash if they are there to see Dr. Jack.
Kriston Cameron December 10, 2012 at 06:38 PM
He did so much for us all, he should be honored in some way. Park bench, dog statue, dog park in his name. He deserve something. Wonderful man, gone way too soon.
Buy My Bikes December 10, 2012 at 10:42 PM
A fire hydrant so his friends have a place to go potty next to the tree and bench! We could name the dog park along side San Juan Creek after Dr. Mannix! We could name a street after him as well!!!

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