Gordon Christiansen Hackett MD. - age: 94
(December 21, 1915 to February 20, 2010 )
Resident of Woodlake, California
Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 4:00 PM at the Exeter Seventh day Adventist Church, 600 Lenox, Exeter, CA. In lieu of flowers, it has been suggested that donations be sent to International Children’s Care, PO Box 820610, Vancouver WA. 98682-0013
Gordon Christensen Hackett, M.D. born December 21, 1915 in College Place Washington, passed away at his home in Woodlake, CA on February 20, 2010 at the age of 94. His childhood years were spent in the Longview/Kelso areas of Washington where his father was a successful physician known for pioneering the concept of prepaid medical care. After graduating fro high school at Laurelwood Academy in Oregon, Dr., Hackett completed his pre-medical studies at Walla Walla College in Washington State. He then completed his medical education at the College of Medical Evangelists in Loma Linda (now known as Loma Linda University School of Medicine) class of 1941. His in medical school he met and married a young nursing student by the name of Fern LuBell Unger, who preceded him in death in May of 2008, after almost 70 years of marriage. In 1942, he entered the Army Air Corp as a flight surgeon and serve in the South Pacific arena until 1946. On returning to civilian life he established a private medical practice in Le Segundo, CA but after a couple of years he moved to Exeter CA, desiring to raise his family in a more rural setting. While there he opened offices in both Exeter and for a short time in Farmersville. During this time he also helped to develop and operate the polio care facilitated s the Exeter Memorial Hospital. An active Seventh-day Adventist Christian he served his church in Exeter and also helped to establish Sierra View Jr. Academy, a 10 grade Adventist Christian school just south of Exeter. An interest in foreign mission service was developed after spending six moths at a remote hospital doing relief work in Nicaragua. Several years later he took his family to Montemorelos, Mexico, where he spent eight years at the Adventist Hospital there as Medical Director and Head of the nursing school. On returning to the states, he practiced medicine in Sonora, CA for 10 years before retuning the Woodlake/Exeter area, where he worked until the age of 85. His interest include ranching, woodworking, raising exotic birds (at on time being the largest source of Sun Conures in Central California), and going on numerous mission trips to build churched in various areas of the world.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by two of his three siblings. He is survived by his younger sister, Bette Carleton of Grand Terrace, CA, his son Charles, a retired physician living in Tennessee, son Richard, a dentist in Visalia, and his daughter Gwyneth, a retired nurse in South Dakota. There are 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.