Mike Harms was born in 1937 and raised on a 90 acre farm near Macksburg in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. His family raised crops and a variety of livestock which led to his life long love of agriculture and livestock in particular. His love for animals and farming would go on to shape his career and life over the next several decades.
Mike went on to study veterinary medicine at Washington State University in Pullman Washington. While a student there he married his long-time sweetheart Dixie. Their daughter Kelly was born in 1962 and their son Scott was born in 1964. This same year he graduated and moved his family to Corvallis where he worked for Clark Veterinary Clinic.
In 1970 Mike, now known universally as “Doc” opened his own clinic in Lone Elder just a few miles from where he grew up. He started out treating large and small animals but after several years he started concentrating on large animals only. He retired in 2018 but still lives on the family farm in Macksburg where he enjoys spending time with his family.
Mike has been a fixture at the Clackamas County Fair and Rodeo for over 40 years where he served as Rodeo Vet and also a livestock buyer at the junior livestock auction. Mike has also been in the Canby Rotary serving as president for several years. He served on the Canby School board for 35 years and was on the sidelines at Cougar football games for many years running the time clock.
We as members of the Canby Rodeo Association are proud to present a yearly scholarship in the name of Mike Harms in honor of this friend of the Canby Rodeo, the Clackamas County Fair and the community of Canby.