Olan G. "Toby" Tobias D.V.M.

olan g. tobias

April 23, 1930 ~ January 28, 2022

Born in: Bryan, TX
Resided in: Bryan, TX

Olan Guy “Toby” Tobias, D.V.M., passed into the arms of our Savior on January 28, 2022, at the age of 91 after a period of illness.

Toby is survived by his wife, Linda Loftis Tobias, his children, Tiffany Lynn Cox, D.V.M. of Fort Worth, and James Randall Tobias of Seattle, WA, his sister, Barbara Coker, as well as nieces Laurie Taylor, Patty Skalaban, and nephew, David Taylor, all of Bryan.

Toby was born on April 23, 1930 to Annie Laura Tobias and David Guy Tobias. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in veterinary medicine where he received the Outstanding Veterinary Student Award. His veterinary career spanned more than 50 years during which time he treated both small and large animals, specializing in equine medicine, as well as serving as veterinarian to the Fort Worth Zoo. After retirement from veterinary medicine he worked for the Texas Racing Commission for a period of years.

On May 30, 1966, he married Linda Loftis Tobias and in 1970 and 1974 respectively he welcomed daughter, Tiffany, and son, James.

Toby was a beloved father and husband who’s interests extended to quarter horse breeding. He loved to rope and raise successful racing quarter horses. He was known as an outstanding horseman and practitioner.

Toby was a spiritual man whose integrity and compassion demonstrated his Christian faith. He. had many dedicated friends who continued to seek his counsel long after he had retired. His life is a testimony of service and accomplishment. His legacy will live on in the lives of all who knew him. He will be deeply missed.

We regret that in consideration of COVID concerns, a private family graveside service will be held on Tuesday, February 8th at Steep Hollow Cemetery. It is requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions to one’s favorite charity are made.

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  1. What a wonderful man and part of my childhood. He was a hero to me. Great vet with a golden heart

  2. My prayers for you all, Toby is/was the consummate horseman, Christian, mentor and example for all that even slightly knew him. He touched countless lives and was an example for what “character” means. Working with Toby, enabled me to fully raise the bar in my own life and will always cherish so many wonderful memories and the laughter we shared. Truly, a great man and a great loss for us all. See you Pard, Rest In Peace

  3. Linda and family, please accept our sincere condolences. Being part of your and Toby’s life this past year has had a profound impact on Regan. She will be better nurse because of her time with you both. We wish you peace and long-lasting memories of all the happy times.

  4. Linda & Family,
    Thank you for sharing Toby with those of us that were lucky enough to know him, work with him and have him be a great vet to our horses. He was certainly an awe and inspiration with his humble manner, infinite patience, incredible knowledge and wonderful humor. I can only hope to be as good a person as he was so effortlessly. Rest in Peace, Toby.

  5. Such a generous, kind hearted, person… who really seemed to care about all animals. He had a calming effect when working with frantic pet owners like myself! I found a dog, on the side of the road down near Joshua-Godley area. He had been shot in the leg/elbow and rib cage. It was hot and the dog was panting bad, laying there in the middle of nowhere and it was about 7 at night… I rushed him to Benbrook Emergency vet clinic. They x rayed him, told me to euthanize or they could perform $3000 surgery. I started crying. Not even my dog mind you. I took the dog home and called Toby, crying about this poor stray dog…. he said “Bring me the x rays, I’ll take a look” I drove the x rays to him. I’ll never forget his face, he held the x ray film up to the light, kinda squinted a little, gave a – hmmmm. Set the film down, Then looked right at me and said “ohhh, he’ll be fine. Just take him home, he’ll heal up, and he’ll probably have a limp…. Here’s some antibiotics”… Sure enough!, he healed up fine, he had a limp, and lived a long 10 + years with me! Toby will always forever be in my heart for all the kind and giving things he did. A true gem, and a sad loss for the family, friends, and fur babies….
    Godspeed Toby.

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