MABANK–After faithfully serving the many animals around the Cedar Creek Lake area as well as the students and parents of Mabank Independent School District for nearly 40 years, Dr. Darrell Kinnard sadly passed away Sept. 9.
Kinnard was born and raised outside Granbury, a town at the time that did not have its own veterinarian. Often, the high school Agricultural teacher would assist in care, sometimes requesting the assistance of his students. Most of Kinnard’s education was centered in Agricultural Science classes and leadership opportunities through FFA. This shaped his decision to become a licensed veterinarian.
A graduate of Texas A&M University, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science and Agricultural Education and a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Education. He used his Agricultural Education degree to become an Ag teacher in Weslaco, where he met and married Jennie Rainwater in 1969. Kinnard was admitted into veterinary school in 1971 and graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1974.
After working for two years in Corsicana after the birth of Kinnard and Jennie’s first child, they discovered the small town of Mabank where they established their roots. Kinnard or “Doc” established a veterinary practice that served all sorts of animals. Dogs, cats, cattle, horses, pigs and some exotic animals like bears, ostriches and llamas. He served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) as well as chairing and participating on multiple other legislative committees. Kinnard was honored as Food Animal Practitioner of the year in 1996 and later as General Practitioner of the year in 2012. He was a frequent presenter and author of academic lectures and papers.
Kinnard was passionate about mentoring and encouraging those who were looking for direction, whether a veterinary student or high school student. This passion led to him serving on the Mabank ISD Board of Trustees for close to 40 years. In addition to serving on the MISD board, he also served in the Mabank Chamber of Commerce and Cedar Creek Lake Chamber of Commerce as well as the Mabank Development Corporation. As a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Mabank for 45 years, he served as a Deacon, taught and served on many committees.
He worked many long hours, believing that if you wanted the community to use your services you must be willing to participate and give back to your community. His dedication to serve the community was personally witnessed as he saved my German Shorthaired Pointer not once, but twice from snake bites. Both times, Kinnard faithfully picked up the afterhours call and opened his clinic at 10 p.m. on a weekend, to save my dying dog.
“Dr. Kinnard loved veterinary medicine and was particularly passionate about beef cattle practice and lending a helping hand to veterinary students,” TVMA President Dr. Steven Golla said of Dr. Kinnard, “I will always think of him as an uncle in veterinary medicine as he shared tremendous wisdom and in a manner that we will all never forget.” MISD Superintendent Brad Koskelin stated, “The MISD family was extremely saddened to hear of Dr. Kinnard’s passing. He has been a fixture on the MISD Board of Trustees for 35 years, he served the last 26 of those consecutively beginning in 1995. Doc had a great love for this community, this district and its students. We are going to miss him greatly.”
After a lifetime of serving the community in numerous capacities, Kinnard leaves behind his wife Jennie of 52 years, their adult children, siblings, grandchildren, many cousins, nieces and nephews. Kinnard’s services were held Sept. 18 at First Baptist Church Mabank followed by a graveside service at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Park. The Kinnard family requests the consideration of a donation to the Mabank ISD Education Foundation or a donation to First Baptist Church Mabank Benevolence Fund, in lieu of flowers.
Thank you for your commitment to serve the community, teach our youth and care for our animals. I especially thank you for answering that 10 p.m. phone call. The Cedar Creek Lake Area will greatly miss you Dr. Kinnard, you leave behind a great legacy.