Clients Remember Danville Veterinarian Killed in Plane Crash

Dr. Russell Hackler, 68, was flying his own aircraft when the crash occurred. No one else was hurt.

A Danville man was killed when his home-built plane crashed near the Calaveras County Airport on Friday, according to a report in the Contra Costa Times.

The man killed, Dr. Russell Hackler, 68, worked at Grove Way Veterinary Hospital in Castro Valley.

Hackler's family has been notified.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Hackler was flying alone when the crash occurred.

Dozens of people have commented about Hackler on Castro Valley Patch, talking about how he impacted their lives and their pets.

(Realted on CV Patch: Plane Crash Kills Russell Hackler of Grove Way Veterinary)

Thomas Clarke wrote, "Dr Hackler was a terrific vet. He cared for my two Mexican Double Yellow Head Amazons for more than twenty years as welll as the long progression of dogs. He is greatly missed, even as he moved on to his active retirement."

If you knew Dr. Hackler through his veterinary work or his flight hobby and would care to leave a memorial, please use the comments.


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Cathy Costa November 29, 2012 at 02:18 AM
I trusted Dr. Hackler with my beloved labs, unconditionally. I will miss him very much and know that no one can fill his shoes. My heart goes out to his family which he always spoke so lovenly of. May God Bless you!
Rebecca Fain November 29, 2012 at 03:17 AM
I was Dr. Hacklers Dental Hygienist. I saw him a couple of weeks ago, had a great conversation with him about flying, animals, and retirement. Our office is sad about his early death, but glad that he lived a full life and touched so many others with his gentle spirit. RIP
Tom November 29, 2012 at 05:35 AM
May the good Dr. rest in peace. We should all live such a good life to remembered as well as he is. Prayers to his family.
Steve December 05, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Carole Bates Kiger Peck December 16, 2012 at 05:47 PM
We are so sad to hear of the passing of Dr Russ. Our professional relationship covers three generations and we have always thought of him as family. Carole Bates Kiger Peck


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