Kent Wright

Kent Wright

November 28, 1939 - December 18, 2018

Kent Wright

November 28, 1939 - December 18, 2018


In loving memory of Dr. Kent C. Wright

Dr. Kent Crandall Wright, 79, of Lake Forest, California, passed away on December 18, 2018, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.  Kent was born in Modesto, California, on November 28, 1939, to Lamon Johnson Wright and Ruby Adeline Crandall. Kent attended Thomas Downey High School in Modesto, California.  After graduating from the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, he went on to develop a vibrant equine veterinary practice here in Orange County, California for over 30 years.

Kent had many passions, including horse breeding and racing, poker, travel, cooking, and videography.

Kent is preceded in death by his parents, Lamon and Ruby.  Kent is survived by his wife of thirty-five years, Kelly Nelson-Wright; son, Jeffrey Wright, and grandchildren, Maia Wright and Peter Wright; son, Kevin Wright, his wife, Kirsten Wright, and grandchild, Nora Wright; brothers, Gary Wright and Lane Wright; and numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

The family would like to express its sincere gratitude to the selfless caregivers and wonderful friends who loved Kent so well during the last years of his life.

A celebration of Kent’s life will take place on Saturday, January 26, 2019.   For information about the celebration, please contact Kelly Nelson-Wright (  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Center for Equine Health at University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (

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12 responses to Kent Wright

  1. Kent Wright, “Don’t fall in love with her until i say you can”.
    I vowed to myself I would not! At the pre-purchase exam Sweetie was being lunged for Dr. Wright’s observation and evaluation. VERY seriously he said, “I like her”. These were the most powerful words in my life, uttered by the Veterinarian I considered to be the Master. My spouse, Perry Jacobson, and I then had 11 years of Sweetie determining our life. It was perfection.
    Thank you Dr. Kent Wright.

  2. I met Kent in 1997 and I am so proud and lucky to have called him my friend. When I think of Kent what is indelible in my mind is his quick wit, love of a joke, love of food, poker, black jack , horses,and TV shows( Survivor amongst his favorites). I loved our survivor nights together when we would switch houses to watch the show, make bets on the winner, and eat really good homemade dinners. Kent loved to cook and we sure loved his puttenesca, lemon chicken, and banana chocolate crepes. Kent was so loving and compassionate and he was a worrier to a fault. Always checking in on Kelly to make sure she was ok. I will never forget the compassion and love he gave me upon hearing my Dad was sick. He was so supportive when I lost my parents and sister. He loved my kids and always took time to talk to them separately when we had our family, friends gatherings. He was the animal whisperer as my cat Lucy could not get enough of him when he was over. Up until the very end when Parkinson’s overtook his body, he tried to make others at ease and crack a joke or two. Parkinson’s would not take his soul. I will forever miss his beautiful smile, and infectious laugh. Our potluck group is forever fractured without our Doc, but we are so much better as a whole that Kent was part of it. Rest in peace Kent, you lived a beautiful life and left quite the legacy. All my love, Jackie

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