Funeral services for Mac Devin, (63), of Bryan, Texas are set for Tuesday, April 15 at 2 pm at Central Baptist Church. A second funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 16 at 2 pm at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home in Gainesville. Burial will follow in Gainesville. Both are under the direction of Jonathan Brooks.
Survivors include his wife Karla McCain Devin of College Station, his mother Betty Devin of Tulia, his brother and sister in law Lee& Tracy Devin of Vigo Park, his sons Nelson Devin and Neil Devin, his father-in-law Horace McCain of Gainesville, Roy T. & Ireta Janiec of Bend, Oregon and Bob McDaniel, Gainesville. Mac is also survived by uncles, aunts, cousins and countless friends. Mac was preceded in death by his father, Delbert L. Devin, his son Thomas Nickless McCain Devin, and his daughter Noel Devin.
Mac was raised on a diversified, irrigated farm and ranching operation in the Texas Panhandle. He was a graduate of the class of 1969 from Tulia High School in Tulia, Texas as valedictorian. He earned the highest rank in Future Farmers of America by receiving the Lone Star Farmer and American Farmer Degrees. He graduated with a B.S. in Agronomy from Texas Tech in 1973. After graduation he returned to the family farming operation, working in a family partnership from 1973 until 1985. In 1985, Mac was admitted to the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, and received his B.S. in 1987 and his DVM in 1989. For the next few years he enjoyed general veterinary practice including extensive cattle herd health, feedlot and equine work in Beaumont, Frisco and Clarendon. In 1997, he entered industrial practice supporting livestock and equine products for Fort Dodge Animal Health and in 2009 joined Boehringer-Ingelheim as a Professional Services Veterinarian, supporting the Southwestern Region.
Mac was a member of Restoration Church in Bryan.
Mac was a member of the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, Texas Southwest Cattle Raisers Association and American Associate of Bovine Practitioners. He was universally loved by his colleagues and friends for the devotion he showed both in life and work. His colleagues noted he started all his meetings with the same joke, "Do you know the difference between a fairy tale and a cowboy story?" The fairy tale starts with, "Once upon a time", and the cowboy story starts with, "No kidding this really happened". He was a very caring individual always showing more concern for his colleagues and friends and their families than himself. He was always open for discussion, no matter the situation, lending an ear. He was the "Mother Hen" and the "Guardian of the Southern Region".
Pall bearers are David Celella DVM '89, Johnny Cooper, Dr. Galen Green '04, Dr. Jody Wade, Earl Hartman, Kevin Johnson, Brian Miller DVM, Paul Patton DVM '89, Scott Porter and Jerry Woodruff DVM.
Honorary pall bearers are the Class of '89 Texas A&M Veterinary School, Boehringer-Ingelheim colleagues and all colleagues from the Ft. Dodge Professional Services Division.