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On December 19, 2011; we lost our dear friend Doug Maddox.


It has been said that Doug Maddox was a legend in the dairy industry. He was not only a legend, he was a friend to everyone he met, either in the USA or in the many countries he visited on behalf of the Holstein Cow.


Doug was a man who loved his family. He was so proud to have all of his chil- dren, some of their spouses and some grandchildren involved with him in the dairy business. The day prior to his passing Doug was with all of his loved ones at a family party to celebrate an early Christmas. Doug was lucky to have the love and support of his wife Matilda, who for 54 years was by his side.


Doug also had a great love for Cal Poly, being a proud alumnus; he served on many of the university’s major committees. One of his main accomplishments was chairing the Harmon Toone Memorial Fund, which raised over two million dollars for the Cal Poly Dairy Science Department.


Doug was a self-made man who became a great leader in the dairy industry, try- ing to improve things so that the industry would be better off for all involved. When he had an idea, whether popular or not, he would take it by the horns and carry it through to the end. Because of his likeable personality he remained friends, even with those who opposed him.


When Doug was approximately 13 years old, a local commercial dairyman told him that if he would promise to go on to college, that dairyman would give him a calf. Starting with this one calf, Doug built it into three different dairy businesses with over 14,000 head of cattle; of which two-thirds are Registered Holsteins.


During his lifetime, he also went through some tough times, but being such a strong and determined man, he was able to overcome them. There was a period of time when he couldn’t find a home for his milk in California, and had it hauled all the way to Oregon. More recently, we all know about his TB scare.


All of us who knew Doug also knew that he never slowed down, getting up


early each morning to check on everything and then going to bed at a late hour.


Doug’s friend Kip Herzog shared, “Approxi- mately one month before his passing, I was with Doug at a party in the Modesto area. At 9:00 PM I asked him if he was staying the night in the area or driving back to his home in Riverdale. He said, “neither,” as he was going to drive to Cal Poly where he was chairman of a meeting the following morning at 8:00 AM. This was Doug and he loved it!”


Doug was a friend that was very highly re- spected throughout the world. He had hun- dreds of international speaking engagements. He judged sixteen International Shows. He exported cattle, semen, and embryos to over 40 countries.


We will always remember Doug at many Hol- stein events holding court late into the night surrounded by a dozen or more dairymen talk- ing about our industry and Registered Holstein Cows. We will never forget all the fun we had at the very successful RuAnn Fiesta Sales that were held at his dairy.


As a breeder, he accomplished true greatness. For many years Doug had more Excellent Cows than anyone else in the United States. Doug was also an innovator, among many things, he was the first dairyman in California to build a large free stall barn.


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