By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

Colfax dentist Kirkpatrick to retire


May 9, 2019

Al Kirkpatrick in an exam room at his Colfax office, which he will retire from in June after almost 40 years.

The local kid is turning it over to a local kid.

Al Kirkpatrick, Colfax dentist for the past two-months-short-of 40 years, will retire at the end of June, handing the practice to Matt Mellor, another Colfax native.

Kirkpatrick is the son of the late Harold and Gladys Kirkpatrick.

Harold was a founder of the Kirkpatrick, Utgaard & Perry accounting firm in Colfax, which played a small role in how Al came to be a dentist.

"In the winter, my dad would come home for dinner, then go back to the office until 10 or 11 at night," Al said, referring to tax season. "I figured I didn't want to do...

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