Last week we lost a very good friend to Newport Ave Market, and the world has lost a great man!
25 years ago, Newport Ave Market started a working relationship with the Hatfield's and the "Oregon Country Beef" co-op. We bought the very first animal they took to market, and we've had a wonderful relationship ever since.
Doc may have been the foremost authority on sustainable ranching practices in the nation, he once said that "he was nothing but a land manager, who happens to raise beef".
This simple way of looking at himself, is something that gave Doc the character of a man we will miss dearly!
In my 15 year friendship with Doc, I can honestly say that I have never met a man with more love for his family, passion for his trade,... or for that matter, a cowboy with a love for sushi!
I will always admire Doc for his ability to somehow make you feel smarter than you knew was humanly possible, yet would be completely humble as if this new thing you just learned, had absolutely nothing to do with his teachings.
Doc had a unique ability to teach a young butcher all he could about sustainably raising cattle in harmony with nature, yet he was humble enough, that he could learn about his own trade, from the tireless questions I would fire away at him. (I'll forever be grateful to Doc for putting up with my badgering questions of "why does this"? and "why does that"?... and even more grateful for the patient answers he would give me!).
It was my privilege to have worked with you Doc, and an honor to count you as a most respected friend.
Our love goes out to Connie, Becky, Travis and the rest of the family, know that your husband, Dad and Grandfather was an awesome man