Buellton Medical Center Announces Passing of Local Doctor
Dr. Van Valin (Photo: Buellton Medical Center)
By edhat staff
The Buellton Medical Center announced Dr. William B. Van Valin II, also known as Barney, passed away on Saturday, January 4.
Dr. Van Valin was born and raised in the Santa Ynez Valle and worked at the Buellton Medical Clinic and Center since 2004.
"He loved his hometown... He was a good man and a great doctor; he will be greatly missed by all his patients and all the people that knew him," stated the Medical Center.
Van Valin published a book about his friendship with the late pop star and Santa Ynez Valley resident Michael Jackson titled "Conversations in Neverland with Michael Jackson." The doctor was ordered to testify in 2013 in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Jackson's family.
The Medical Center stated they are not disclosing any further information out of respect and compassion for his family.