Dec 052012

Thomas Preston White, 83, passed away late Tuesday night, Nov. 27, 2012, at Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center in Show Low from complications incident to his age. A memorial service was held Dec. 3 at the Linden Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Thomas, affectionately known as Doc White, was born in Prescott, and lived several years out of state. He moved back to his native Arizona 25 years ago and had many friends in the White Mountain communities.
Doc White was a beloved member of the White Mountain equine community and was a respected veterinar-ian to many within the area. He loved horses and everything about them. He knew well the rodeo circuits, as he had rodeoed his entire life. Some might say he was a true “rodeo nut.” He attended the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nev., every year and always looked forward to renewing his acquaintances there.
He learned the value of a dollar at a very young age and worked hard his whole life. Right up until he died, he lived the motto of working by the sweat of his brow. He somehow willed himself to do things that seemed impossible.
Doc White taught others how to live life well by example, especially his children and granddaughters. He was a courageous man and never cowed down to anything and, to his family, he was the epitome of what a hero is. He was a valued member of his community, and everyone looked up to him and his standards.
He may have had a rough and tough exterior to those outside of his family, but his wife and children knew his heart. He was a great dad and loving husband who had a very gentle spirit within him.
Always willing to share in a good joke, Doc White kept his wit about him until the very end.
This amazing cowboy will be missed by many who have had the privilege to call him “friend,” but none will miss him more than those members of his own family.
Survivors include his wife, Karen (Warnock) White of Show Low; two sons, Daniel White of San Jose, Calif., and Larry White of Phoenix; one daughter, Jessica Stewart of Show Low; and four granddaughters.
Along with his parents, Doc White was preceded in death by a daughter, Wendy.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Show Low was in charge of the arrangements.