Dr. A. Walter Gano, born June 28, 1937, in Muskegon, Michigan; passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017, surrounded by his loving family in the home he treasured. Walter was born into a medical family. His father was the local doctor in Bangor, Michigan & his mother was a registered nurse. Walter attended the local high school where he played football and then chose to attend Michigan State University and major in Animal Science and Chemistry. Walter chose MSU so that he could be home on weekends helping manage his family's dairy farm. He also became an avid Spartan fan, a joy he passed on to his sons and first grandson. After completing his BS, Walter entered the MSU School of Veterinary Medicine where he earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine as the class of 1965. The next year, in order to specialize in Equine Medicine, he completed an internship at University of California, at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. It was there at UC Davis where Walter met Glenda Londagin & as he said, "made one of my better decisions & proposed to her." They were married June 10th, 1967. Soon after Walter and Glenda moved to southern California when he began a general equine and surgery practice as co-founder of Chino Hills Animal Hospital. He was an active and lifetime member of The American Association of Equine Practitioners, The American Veterinary Medical Association & the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association. Walter & Glenda enjoyed owning & showing thoroughbreds in hunter & jumper competitions on the west coast. Each fall Walter looked forward to participating as the show veterinarian in Santa Barbara at the Earl Warren Show Grounds for the Arabian Horse Association of Southern California. Walter particularly enjoyed snow skiing & traveling wherever his family wanted to go on vacation. After he retired, you could often find Walter visiting his sons while they were off at college and or enjoying Yosemite National Park and the coastline of California's central coast. It was near Cambria, Big Sur and Yosemite that Walter said he most often felt the presence of God. Walter was also a longtime member of Glenkirk Presbyterian Church in Glendora, CA where he supported various ministries and attended services until his death. He is survived by his loving wife Glenda Gano of Glendora, California, his two sons Ryan W. Gano of San Antonio, Texas and Jason D. Gano of Modesto, California, their wives & two grandsons Brody and Noah. Finding a cure for childhood cancer was a heartfelt priority in Dr. Gano's life and he would certainly appreciate any donations made in his memory to the City of Hope and their Pediatric Oncology Research efforts (http://www.cityofhope.org/donate). A Celebration of Walter Gano's Life will be held in the near future.