Dr. Brian Jarchow of Rancho de la Florecita

It is with great sadness that we announce that Dr. Brian Jarchow of Rancho de la Florecita has passed away. Brian & Terry were part of the Peruvian Horse family since 1982. They both loved the outdoors, the beaches and mountains of California and the picturesque beauty of the lovely Santa Ynez Valley, particularly when seen from the back of a horse.

After raising 5 children and a previous back surgery, Terry was sure that her riding days were over. The Jarchows were first introduced to the Peruvian Horse in 1981. They went to shows and search for a year before finding and buying their first gelding.

They soon purchased their first mares, MASCARA & LA CHRISTIANITA, who became the foundation of their very successful breeding program – Rancho de la Florecita in the beautiful Santa Ynex Valley located in California – which soon progressed to a large breeding farm and training center. Brian and Terry were committed to breeding top quality, strong, energetic, well gaited Peruvian Horses, not only for the show ring but also for all around performance horses that could be shown successfully.

Over the years Brian and Terry bred over 100 horses.  Many went on to have successful show careers, winning many National titles and awards – RDLF ANIVERSARIA +, RDLF BUGAMBILIA +, RDLF CELENE, RDLF CLARO DE LUNA +, RDLF FESTEJO +, RDLF SENORITA +, RDLF SOL PERUANO are just a few of their successful show horses.

Brian & Terry retired from Rancho de la Florecita the summer of 2013, after 30 years of enjoying their beautiful horses.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Terry and her family.

July 11, 1929 – May 21, 2018

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, the rock of our family, died May 21 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.

Born in Chicago, Illinois to Ethel McHugh and William Gustave Jarchow, Brian attended Loyola Academy and Loyola University, graduating cum laude from Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine in 1953. After graduation, Brian served in the Navy as a physician for a destroyer division on the Pacific during the Korean War. Brian continued his Naval service at Mare Island, San Francisco where he met his wife of 61 years, Mary Therese “Terry” Craig. They were married in 1956 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and soon after, relocated to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN where Brian completed his residency in radiology. His first two children, Therese and Nancy, were born there in 1957 and 1958.

Brian’s first job brought the family to Los Angeles, CA in 1960 where he worked as a radiologist at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. Sons Craig and Brian were born in 1960 and 1962. In 1965, Pueblo Radiology Medical Group, was expanding and asked Brian to join the practice. The family then moved to Santa Barbara where daughter Anne was born in 1966.

Brian decided that he would enter the medical field at age 10. He loved his profession and served the medical community in numerous capacities. Most significantly, he was Chief of Staff of St. Francis Medical Center from 1971-1974 and later took on the same role at Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital serving there from 1985-1999. He was a member of the Foundation Boards of both St. Francis Hospital and Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital for many years. He was also a proud member of the Doctor’s Mayo Society. Brian retired from full time practice in 1994 and worked part-time for Pueblo Radiology Medical Group until he permanently retired in 2001.

Brian was a devout Catholic and long-time member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and Old Mission Santa Ynez. He was a Knight Commander of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, a religious order that sustains and assists the religious, spiritual, charitable and social works of the Catholic church. In 1980, the family purchased a second home in the Santa Ynez Valley, Rancho de la Florecita, moving there permanently in 1991. For over 30 years, Brian and Terry bred, trained and showed Peruvian Paso horses. In 2013 due to failing health, they returned to Santa Barbara as residents of Valle Verde Retirement Community.

Brian’s family always came first. He is survived by his wife Terry, and his five children, Therese Brown, Nancy Beckstrom (Lee), Craig (Angela), Brian (DeeDee), and Anne Vejvoda (Serge); thirteen grandchildren, Barrett (Katie), Tessa, Andrew (Cacia) and Helen Brown, Katie Muller (Justin) and Leanne Beckstrom, Megan, Brian, Connor and Chad Jarchow, and Jack, Ella, and Luke Vejvoda, and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sister-in-laws Maribel Jarchow and Mary Ann Craig and their children and a niece Patricia Thurston.

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