Veterinarian found dead in Carson City
April 5, 2016
A nondenominational service for Carson Valley veterinarian and native Lance Gorrindo is 11 a.m. Saturday at LifePoint Church, 1095 Stephanie Way.
A reception and celebration of life is 1-4 p.m. at the Carson Valley Country Club, 1029 Riverview Drive.
Gorrindo, 39, was found dead in Carson City on Monday morning, authorities there confirmed.
Gorrindo was a 1995 graduate of Douglas High School, who practiced at Carson Valley Veterinary Hospital in Minden, following in the footsteps of his father, Robert.
He returned to Carson Valley in 2004, after growing up here.
Gorrindo graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in biochemistry, and earned his DVM from Colorado State University at Fort Collins. Graduating first in his class, Gorrindo also earned the radiology award, according to his biography on the hospital's website.
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His wife Courtney said Gorrindo loved his children.
"He gave Carson Valley Vet 97 percent of his time, and he wanted to change that so he had more time for his children," she said. "He was just needed. The phone rang nonstop."
She said that he looked forward to taking his son, Bridger, hunting, and sending daughter Savannah to veterinary school.
"He wanted to teach her to be a better vet than he was," she said. "He owned a share of Carson Valley Veterinary Hospital, and wanted to pass that on to Savannah."
The couple had been together for 10 years and married for six years, she said.
In an interview published in The Record-Courier, Gorrindo said he grew up wanting to be a veterinarian like his father.
"I respected and idolized him more than anyone else, and I wanted to fill his shoes and take over the practice eventually," he said. "Growing up, we had 60 to 70 head of sheep and our family was active in 4-H, as well as showing sheep. I have been around animals my entire life and decided that animal health care was going to be my niche."
He is survived by his wife Courtney; daughter Savannah; son Bridger; parents Bob and Lyn; brothers Tristan and Phil and sister Katie Etchegaray.