By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer
When his son was hit by a car, his leg smashed in several places, Dr. Allan Haynes Sr., a general surgeon with a orthopedic specialty, mended the wounds of his eldest with his own hands. The little boy with the broken leg followed in his father’s footsteps, as his own father had done so long ago, becoming a doctor in a long string of family medical practitioners.
On Tuesday, the gifted general surgeon, dedicated husband and father of four passed away in his home. But Haynes, said his son, lived a rich and full life.
“He was the best father you could ever hope for,” said his son, Dr. Allan Haynes Jr.
The younger Haynes said his father always felt privileged to practice medicine. A deeply religious man, Haynes Sr. viewed all his patients as God’s children, and keenly mourned the loss of his sight, which prevented him from practicing later in life, his son said.
“We used to laugh,” said Haynes Jr. of a childhood spent with a father with a sharp sense of humor, “and say that his beeper was attached to his chair. Every time he sat down it would go off … In those days there was no ER so my father was constantly on call.”
Sam Neff, also a general surgeon, maintained a 36-year friendship with Haynes, forging a medical association of four doctors.
“We probably didn’t have a night without the phone ringing for seven years and in those days we made house calls, too,” Neff said of their medical practice.
Neff also said the pair found time for recreation.
“Dr. Haynes started flying in the early 1980s. We made trips to Phoenix and Albuquerque, almost any place of any distance, we would fly to. We had a Comanche 260B … white with yellow and black trim,” said Neff from his home.
Prior to beginning his private practice in Clovis, Haynes Sr. practiced medicine on the beaches of the Philippines in World War II. He cared for the wounded with the Mayo Clinic and Foundation from 1946 to 1951.
Another son, Stephen Haynes, also a practicing general surgeon, added that his father was the first elected eucharistic minister in Clovis, administering communion to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, a testament, his son said, to a father who was many things — a natural listener, a devout Christian, and a beloved member of the community.
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