Patrick R. Gavin, 72, passed away after battling prostate cancer Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at his home in Sagle, Idaho.

Pat was born Feb. 14, 1947, in Laramie, Wyo., to Charles and Shirley Gavin. He graduated high school in LaGrande, Ore., and attended Oregon State University for two years and then Washington State University, where he graduated with a doctorate in veterinary medicine. He then spent three years in the U.S. Army as a captain in the Veterinary Corps.

Pat married Kathy Kortekass on Dec. 23, 1978, in Ontario, Calif. They made their home in Fort Collins, Colo., and Pat practiced as a veterinarian. He then attended Colorado State University, where he received his PhD in radiation biology and completed residencies in radiology and radiation oncology.

Pat was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 1980, and he was a Charter Diplomate of the Radiation Oncology subspecialty. He taught at Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, for 29 years and served as Department chair of Veterinary Clinical Sciences for eight years.

After retirement, he was active in telemedicine, reading MRI studies of animals from around the world. He authored more than 200 papers and wrote the original textbook, “Practical Small Animal MRI.”

He enjoyed boating, skiing, fishing, cooking, traveling and especially his dogs, Sophie and Nikki.

Pat is survived by his wife, Kathy Gavin, of Sagle; son Sean (Kristina) Gavin, of Sandpoint; daughter Amoreena Corsa (Joseph Garcia), of San Francisco; and brother Michael (Jeanette) Gavin, of Long Beach.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Chuck and Shirley, and a brother Timothy Gavin.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Gavin residence Saturday, Aug. 31.

Donations may be made to Cancer Care Services, 1205 Highway 2, Ste 101B, Sandpoint, ID 83864.

Lakeview Funeral Home in Sandpoint is handling the arrangements. Please visit Pat’s online memorial at and sign his guest book.

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