Dr. F. James Herbertson


(December 22, 1935 – July 16, 2022)

Dr. F. James Herbertson, 86, of Morgan Mill, Texas went to be with our Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 16, 2022.

Jim was born December 22, 1935, in Brush, Colorado to the late Helen E. Laugesen and Cecil J. Herbertson. He spent most of his youth in the Denver area.

Upon graduating from high school, he attended the University of Colorado, where he was active in intercollegiate sports. He played tight end for the Buffalos and competed in the Orange Bowl during his senior year. Jim graduated from the University of Colorado with his bachelor and master’s degrees. He then attended the University of South Dakota, where he received his Bachelor of Medical Science, and transferred to the University of Michigan, earning his Doctor of Medicine degree. After one year of internship at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, he continued on and completed his four years of residency in orthopedic surgery there.

Jim was board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery following his residency and went into private practice in Ann Arbor. While there, he was also a clinical instructor in Orthopedic Surgery at both the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. Jim was very active in Sports Medicine, working with the athletic departments at the University and local high school, as well as attending post-graduate training in the field. Still, he found time to serve on multiple professional committees. Jim always based his practice of medicine on the highest ethical and moral standards. He was an extremely skillful and knowledgeable surgeon and showed great compassion for his patients.

After eighteen years in the Ann Arbor area, Jim left Michigan, as he had a desire to return to the Western part of the country. He went on to practice in several western states, eventually settling in Stephenville, Texas. Over the years his love and dedication to sports medicine continued to grow. He was instrumental in starting the Sports Medicine program at Tarleton State University, as well as at high schools in the area. He was always there for the trainers, players and rodeo cowboys. Jim’s service to the athletic training

profession and care of student athletes earned him honorary membership in the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association (Texas and Arkansas).

Besides his family and friends, his passions were medicine, working on his ranch, and raising many different types of animals.

Jim is survived by his wife and soul mate Sandra (Sandi) of Morgan Mill, TX; son Randy S. (Deborah) Herbertson of Westport, CT, son James A. Herbertson of Parker, CO, son Jeremy (Dana) Herbertson of Dallas, TX; daughter Venus Carlson of Morgan Mill, TX; stepmother Dorothy M Herbertson of Ft. Myers, FL; sisters Diann Rice of Loveland, CO and June (Jack) Comer of Ft. Myers, FL; fourteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Heather Palmer and Dawn Messisco, and son-in-law Brian Carlson.

There will be a Celebration of Life on September 10, 2022, at 12:00, at City Limits Hall, 1907 E. Washington St., Stephenville, TX 76401.

Please come to celebrate his life and tell us your memories of him. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

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