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

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  1. Kim says:

    We love you & miss you.

  2. Diana Kyle says:

    Mr. Wonderful you are loved and will always be missed. Rest in peace now.

  3. The Nieblas Family of San Juan Capistrano was very saddened to hear of your passing. For many years you were the vet who took excellent care of our horses — a couple of them survived serious medical problems because of your EXCELLENT care.You saw my Apoloosa, Pepper, through two rough bouts of colic when he was just a “youngster”. He ended up living to the ripe old age of 32 years — firmly believe it was because of the quality of care and attention you gave to him. You treated our horses as if they were your very own. Rest in peace Dr. Wright. Thank you for your many years of providing our horses with quality professional care. They don’t come any better than you anymore!

  4. Dr. Kent Wright was such a wonderful vet who treated our horses until he retired and turned the reins over to Dr. Janice Posnikoff. What a pair. I will never forget my mare dragging Kent down the barn aisle smashing metal feeders all the way down.

  5. You are missed Kent! We are so proud to have known you and honored to call you our friend. A great husband, father, grandfather and friend. You always impressed us with your mad poker skills too! Rest In peace dear Doc and know that we love and miss you and will never forget all the fun times!

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