William R. Haight
February 6, 2014
Long time Steamboat / Routt County resident Bill Haight passed away at the Loveland Heart Center of the Rockies Sunday afternoon after suffering a heart attack in Steamboat on Friday.
Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and a great friend.
Bill's family goes back 100 years and several generations in Steamboat. His grandfather was Dr. Lowell Chamberlain – Chamberlain-Gray Drug Store, the first occupant of the Brown Building at the corner of 9th and Lincoln, now Lyons Drug. Bill was a Steamboat High School graduate, Class of 1952. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wyoming in General Engineering. He would apply this to petroleum engineering. From the late fifties through the late sixties this career pursuit would take him all over the Americas (North, Central and South). Bill always called Steamboat home. In 1970, he returned to his home at 946 Pine St. in Steamboat which was part of the original Chamberlain property. Upon his return, he had many community-oriented endeavors – Routt County Commissioner – CDOT Commissioner – Yampa Valley Electric Board Member – Governor's Aeronautics and Aviation Board Member – instrumental in development of the Yampa Valley Regional Airport – Lyon's Club member – Knights of Columbus member. He subsequently returned to ranching a portion of the Truax ranch previously owned by his wife's parents.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents, an older and a younger brother, an older sister, a granddaughter and a great-grandson.
Bill is survived by his wife Darlene, five children, fifteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Funeral Mass and celebration of Bill's life will begin at 2:00 pm Saturday, February 8, 2014 in the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Avenue.
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