Robert Duane Haight, 89, quietly left home to be with his Lord early Christmas morning 2013.
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Bob was born May 19, 1924, on a ranch near Suffolk in Fergus County, Mont. He was the youngest (by 15 minutes) of the five children of Ray B. and N. Vernice Haight.
Bob's early education began in Lewistown when the family moved to town during the school year for his oldest sister and brother to attend high school.
Education continued in the Bozeman school system, where the "big kids" now attended college. Bob graduated from Gallatin County High School in 1942 then attended Montana State College (Bozeman) and Montana State University (Missoula), graduating in 1954 after some work interruptions and career changes.
He met his future wife, Audrey Jean Linscheid, backstage in Simpkins Hall Little Theatre while attending MSU (Missoula), and they were later married in 1956.
Bob taught high school and elementary art for several years but maintained his first career love of wildlife and environmental conservation and preservation. He became a seasonal employee with the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service, working in Yellowstone National Park and the Cabinet and Lolo National Forests of western Montana.
Much of his time was spent on top of a mountain as a fire lookout and educator of the visiting public. In 1956, he and Jeannie spent their honeymoon on Mount Baldy Lookout in the Plains District. His work also included tree planting, trail building and maintenance, brush clearing and other related activities. During the off-season, he created beautiful sterling silver jewelry and other silver items.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Cecil; sisters, Gertrude Miller, Jean Hess and twin, Lucile Briggs.
His wife, Jeannie of Bozeman; brother-in-law, Cecil Hess of Missoula; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, grand- and great-grand nieces and nephews survive him.
Arrangements are with Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial plans will be determined later.
If you desire, memorials may be given to Hospice of Bozeman Deaconess at Bozeman Deaconess Foundation, 905 Highland Blvd, Bozeman, MT 59715, memo line Hospice; a wildlife or environmental organization of your choice; or the Bozeman United Methodist Church, 121 S. Willson Ave., Bozeman, MT 59715.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 29, 2013