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Lawrence Melvin Cohen
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“A wonderful tribute to a notable humanitarian. Rest in peace esteemed colleague. ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Gary Farwell - Farmington, AR

“We would like to thank all of Dr. Cohen's friend's, client's, and the many beloved animals he so cherished for all their kind words and comforting...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Pat, Jill, & Bullet - Durango, CO

“Dear Kristi - I was shocked to hear about Larry. IMy heart and prayers go out to you. I received 4 phone calls from DVMs in Durango yesterday...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Beth Mitchdell - Eugene, OR

“Dr Larry will be greatly missed by my family. What a gentle doctor. He encouraged and entertained me and my children when we brought our pets to...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: carie coleman - durango, CO

“I am his son - He divorced my mother when I was one year old. They were married while in Columbia, Missouri. My sister and I are currently sitting...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Jeff (Cohen) Mendelson - NJ, NJ

“My father was a true man's man and I am blessed to have had him raise me. I hope to be half of the man he was. His confidence and fervor shined...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Todd R. Cohen - Chatsworth, CA

“Dr Cohen was referred to me when I first moved here 5 years ago as"the vet who will really save your dogs life", he helped me with my dog Ringo who...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Vivienne Bell - Durango, CO

“The Four Corner's Veterinary Association would like to express our deep sorrow for the loss of Dr. Cohen. Our thoughts are with your family and...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Stacee Santi, DVM - Durango, CO

“What can I say Larry. I will never forget you due to the trash can incident. You really did leave some marks on our family. ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Debbie Finland - St. Louis, MO

“Patty Mack and doggie friend Lilly will miss you so much. Dr. Cohen cared and comforted us these past four years. Our sincere sympathy to Dr. Cohen...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Patty Mack - Durango, CO


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A beloved veterinarian, outdoor enthusiast, championship shooter and life-loving cowboy better known as the "Durango Kid," Larry Cohen, DVM, passed away Aug. 2nd, 2010 from a heart attack which he suffered early on Monday morning in his home. "Dr. Larry" was an esteemed practicing veterinary surgeon and physician, and owner of Baker's Bridge Veterinary Clinic just north of Durango. Cohen was born Sept. 17, 1943 to Rose and Harry Cohen in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended the Hebrew Academy for his primary education and went on to the University of Missouri where he graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1968. He first moved to Colorado that same year, to do a residency at Colorado State University's Veterinary program. Upon completion of his residency, he moved to the Los Angeles area in 1969 to practice medicine. While there he owned and operated the Woodcliff Animal Hospital which he ran until 1991. It was always Cohen's dream to return to Colorado and he made frequent fall hunting trips to the Durango area even when he lived in California. He purchased his cabin at Baker's Bridge in 1986 and moved to Durango full-time in 1991. Cohen built and opened Baker's Bridge Veterinary Clinic in 1992 and continued to provide compassionate care for his small animal clients until his death. He ran low cost vaccination clinics at Basin Coop in Durango for many years. He was a member of the AVMA and Four Corner's Veterinary Group. While in Southern California he was instrumental in founding the Single Action Shooting Society that popularized old-west cowboy competitive shooting scenarios. SASS is now an international organization with nearly 100, 000 members. He served on the organizations' "Wild Bunch" from 1987-1992 and placed as World Champion Shootist in both 1991 and 2001. An article about the "Durango Kid" appeared on the front page of the Wall Street Journal in 1994. He won numerous shooting awards through the years including Colorado Mounted (on horse-back) Champion in 1998. Cohen was featured on the Starz Western Channel for an entire month in 2003 for his participation with the "Happy Rails" shootout held in Durango. He had a passion for the outdoors and loved the Rocky Mountains and living in Southwest Colorado. He and his quarter horse "Rebel" were regulars in the Cowboy Parades, mock train robberies with the D&SNGRR and he even rode Rebel inside and right up to the bar at Handlebars Saloon in Silverton. (At the owner's request, of course.) In recent years, Cohen also competed in 3-gun sniper style shooting events and pistol shooting competitions all around the region. He had also helped organize and coordinate the regional police departments' annual SASSO shoot. Larry is survived by three children. Eldest son Jeff Michaels Cohen of Windsor, CO, with wife Cyndi and granddaughters Amanda and Cassidy. Son Todd Cohen of Chatsworth, CA and wife Tatiana and his teenage daughter Katelyn Cohen of Tucson, AZ. Larry is also survived by wife of 10 years, Kristi Nelson Cohen and older brother Donald Cohen and wife MaryAnn from Cape Coral, FL. Additionally, he is survived by the many, many four-legged friends whom he has had the pleasure of helping for many years. To honor Cohen's Jewish faith and wishes, a private memorial and gravesite service was held on August 3rd at the Hermosa Cemetery. The mountain-side service was officiated by Congregation Har Shalom affiliate Eli Herb with live music performed by the Bar D. Wranglers. Like any good Jewish Cowboy would want, the service was concluded with the Bar D singing Roy Roger's classic "Happy Trails." Memorial contributions in Larry Cohen's name can be made to the Roy Roger's Happy Trails Children's Foundation at 10755 Apple Valley Road, Apple Valley, CA 92308. www.happytrails.org

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