Wayne Francis Haggerty was born Aug. 11, 1936, in Craig, to James Melvin Haggerty and Annie Jane (Kearns) Haggerty.
He was raised on the family homestead, which was located up Spring Gulch on the Williams Fork River. Wayne grew up with eight brothers and one sister. He was next to the youngest.
Wayne attended the Waddle Creek School on the Williams Fork River up until the 8th grade. He had some fond memories of the little one-room schoolhouse.
Growing up on a ranch Wayne had plenty of chores to do, but he found time to do what he liked best — fishing. His favorite fishing spot was at the Wise place Harvey Wyman owned.
In later years, Wayne took his children and grandchildren to this very spot. They had just as much fun as he did when he was a kid.
As Wayne grew older, he started doing ranch work for area neighbors. He worked for David and Lowry Seely, and up Marapas Creek for Joe Rader.
He was 17 years old when he was hired by Ferry Carpenter to put up hay in the Hayden area. He often talked about how much he enjoyed working for Ferry. He worked for him again building dams in the late 1970s.
Wayne didn’t come to town very often, but it was one day in town that he met his future wife, Wanda Jean Kendall. He courted her for several months and they were married Dec. 29, 1957.
Soon after, their daughter Tammy was born, followed by Tracy and Terry. Wayne adored his three beautiful daughters. They will tell you he was the most caring and loving dad anyone could ever have.
In early 1960, Wayne was badly burned and spent many months recovering in the hospital. This was a life-changing experience for him, as he accepted Jesus Christ as his savior and was baptized Oct. 14, 1961.
Wayne went to work for the Moffat County road and bridge department. He was a motor grader operator. This is where his passion for operating heavy equipment began.
After several years with the county, he started his own business — Haggerty Construction. Wayne worked for several oil and gas companies building roads and oil and gas sites.
He also built many stock ponds and dams for local ranchers. Wayne was well known throughout the community for his exceptional dozer work.
In 1979 he purchased a wheat farm on the Great Divide. Wayne may have picked up his farming skills from his father, as he grew wheat on the family homestead.
He loved driving his Columbine, Massey Ferguson tractor and the old red grain truck.
Wayne loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren dearly. He spent countless hours with them.
They loved when he would take them to school so they wouldn’t have to take the bus. When the kids saw him coming up the road they would run up the street so they could hop on the bumper of the truck and hitch a ride.
Wayne’s favorite pastime was frequenting the local coffee shops. His favorite place was the Golden Cavvy.
He was known for his grouchy persona, but with a little nudging you could always get a smile out of him.
Wayne have us all so much: A listening ear, a soothing voice, a caring heart, a helping hand, a healing hug and a cheering smile. His giving nature and unselfish ways were a blessing to everyone who knew him.
He is survived by his daughters, Tammy (Steve) Leinweber, of Great Falls, Mont., Tracy Ross, of Craig; and Terry (Bob) Bennett, of Craig; nine grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; and brothers Larry (Paula) Haggerty, of Craig, Glen (Velma) Haggerty, of Orem, Utah, and Harold Haggerty, of Craig.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Charles, Carl, Bill, Clayton and John; his only sister, Shirley; and his wife, Wanda Haggerty.
Wayne was a hard worker. He provided a good life for his family.
They will always cherish him for taking such good care of them. Wayne was loved dearly and will be greatly missed.