Dec. 15, 1931 — Oct. 26, 2013
Donald L. Bath of St. Helena passed away on Oct. 26, 2013. He was 81.
Don was born on Dec. 15, 1931 in Santa Rosa, the eldest son of George and June Bath. He attended Santa Rosa High School. where he served as student body president, FFA chapter president and quarterbacked the Panther football team.
After obtaining his bachelor and master’s degrees in Animal Husbandry from UC Davis, Don taught Agriculture and coached the JV football team at Santa Rosa High. At Davis, he served as president of the SAE fraternity, played for the Aggie football team and obtained his Ph.D. in NNutrition.
He was married for 59 years to the love of his life, Gloria Brodie, with whom he had two sons, Robert and Daniel. Don worked as a Dairy Nutrition Extension specialist for UC Davis for 30 years, authoring 350 publications, including the widely-used textbook “Dairy Cattle: Principles, Practices, Problems, Profits.” He served as president of the American Dairy Science Association and, in 1996, received the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Award of Distinction.
Don loved his family and lived for their happiness. He is survived by his wife, sons, five granddaughters, Natalie, Danielle, Madison, Michelle and Kellie, and his sister, Darlyn.
There will be a private burial followed by a public memorial service at the Presbyterian Church of St. Helena at 2 p.m. on Nov. 10. Gifts in memory of Don may be made to the “Donald Bath Animal Science Student Award” and made payable to the UC Davis Foundation, c/o Martha Ozonoff, UC Davis, CAES Dean’s Office, 1 Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616.