DIGHTON — Skye Wade Stanley, DVM, 45, died on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Santa Monica, Calif. He was born on Jan. 28, 1974, at Dodge City to Ken and Gail (McWhirter) Stanley.
Skye was a 1992 graduate of Dighton High School, where he was involved in many sports and activities. He graduated Phi Betta Kappa with his degree in biology from the University of Kansas. He then earned his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Kansas State University in 2000.
Following graduation, he completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery and residency in internal medicine both at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, after which he was awarded diplomat status with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
Following the completion of his residency, Skye joined Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists as a staff internist when the hospital first opened in July 2004. He later became head of the internal medicine department at the hospital and was promoted to medical director in 2007. In 2010, he became a faculty lecturer at the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His primary responsibilities included clinical instruction of residents, interns and fourth year students, along with directly seeing internal medicine referral appointments from all over the Northeast region.
In 2011, he returned to Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists Hospital as a staff internist and later became the medical director. Skye was very active in the New York City veterinary community by providing continuing education for referring veterinarians, volunteering and being an advocate for the New York City pet population. In 2014, he moved to Huntington Beach, California to be on staff of Specialist Veterinary Hospital. While there, he was the consulting specialist for the hospital Telemedicine Program.
He is survived by his mother, Gail Stanley of Dighton; two brothers, Shad and Laura of Laguna Beach, Calif., and Shane of Nocona, Texas; grandmother, Ellen May Stanley of Dighton; nephew, Hunter of Dighton; and nieces, Maria of Dallas, Sadie of Pratt and Ella and Ava of Yukon, Okla.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ken Stanley, and grandparents, Max Stanley, Evelyn Beesley, Jim Beesley and Floyd McWhirter.
Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at the United Methodist Church in Dighton. Burial will be in Dighton Memorial Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Skye Stanley Memorial Fund (For Animal Care) in care of Boomhower Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com.