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Raymond Lewis Haggard

Posted 2017-08-07 by Judy Wight Branson
Camp Verde Bugle, Camp Verde, Arizona
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Raymond L. Haggard, 85, of Cottonwood, passed away on July 13, 2017.
He was born in Needles, California, the son of Lowell Edwin Haggard
and Ruth Kelly Haggard.

A graduate of San Bernardino High School in 1950, Ray joined the
ROTC. He continued his education at UCLA where he majored in English
Drama. He directed classmate Carol Burnett in a radio drama. During
college, he earned money by parking cars at the Beverly Hiss Hotel,
was a taxi driver and a lifeguard. He also was a member of the
AFROTC.

Upon graduation, he served his country in the Air Force as a Captain
and was stationed at Loring Air Force base in Maine during the
Korean War.

After his discharge, Ray taught English, Math, Drama and Stagecraft
in San Bernardino and in the Laguna Beach School District.

Ray went on to be a Vice Principal and later was the School
Improvement Director.

Darrel Haggard and Doreen Haggard Hill are his children by his first
wife, Dolores Brigham.

He married Maureen McNelly Doyle on April 27, 1972. They were both
members of the Cottonwood Lions Club, square-danced with the
Cottonwood Roadrunners and were founding members of the Verde valley
Voices. After 45 years of marriage, they have 15 grandchildren and
38 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service of remembrance will be held on Friday, July 28 in
the Westcott Funeral Home at 11 AM.

Information provided by survivors.




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