Eric Jayne, DVM
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Dr. Eric Jayne, DVM, 61, of Des Moines, IA on Friday, July 2, 2021 in Grand Forks, ND due to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Dr. Jayne was a respected veterinarian and loyal friend who impacted every person–and animal– that he encountered. His work ethic and dedication to providing affordable, accessible, and quality animal care carried him from the mainland to Hawaii. He worked in Hawaii with numerous groups on spay and neuter programs. Here on Molokai, we knew Dr. Jayne for several years as the veterinarian of the Molokai Humane Society – a clinic he helped renovate.
Eric Jayne is survived by his life partner, Sally Cooper Smith, and beloved step-daughter, Emily Cooper Smith, as well as four adult children, Michael, Peter, Elizabeth and Daniel Jayne. Sally and Emily are working to continue Dr. Jayne’s legacy through his nonprofit, Sovereign Nations Veterinary, which provides veterinary care to Indigenous Peoples. A memorial has been created in his honor, with all funds going to supporting veterinary medical needs, facilities, care, and scholarships. A link the memorial can be found here: gofund.me/df86656c