George B. Hagar, on Oct. 16, 2012 went to be with the Lord after battling cancer. He was surrounded by family.
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George was born in 1933 in Northern California. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1955 and married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Fay Daniels on June, 30, 1955. They had three children, Steven, Jack (John), and Leslie.
He worked briefly for American Can Co., then moved into radio and TV sales in San Francisco. In 1966 he moved his family to Honolulu, Hawaii to be sales manager at KHON TV, NBC Hawaii. In 1968 they moved to Atlanta, Ga. where he became President & General Manager of WQXI TV. In 1972, George and his family moved back to Honolulu where he became part owner, President and General Manager of KHON TV. Later, he and his business partner Arthur McCoy sold the company to the Des Moines Register Tribune newspaper and George stayed on as President of that broadcast group. In January 1982, George and Shirley moved to Big Sky, Mont. to retire with horses, dogs, fly-fishing, skiing and his great passion of golf. He and Shirley loved Big Sky and in an effort to give back to the community, he was Chairman of the Canyon Citizens for a Safer Highway for 12 years.
In addition, he was on the Board of Big Sky Chapel, Chairman of Big Sky Country Foundation and in 1991 became one of five founders of Big Sky Western Bank where he served on the board for 19 years, the last five as Chairman of the Board.
Family, friends and golf were his passion and in 2011, he shot his age (77!) at the Club at Spanish Peak while playing a round with a dear friend of his. He often said "Next year would be easier because they have to give me another stroke!"
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; son, Steve, (wife) Susan, (children) Andy and Kendall; his son, Jack, (children) John and Allie; his daughter, Leslie Price, (husband) Mike, (children) Peter and Jack; his sisters, Julie Rumsey and Mary Hafner; his brother-in-law, Dick Hafner and numerous nieces and nephews.
George truly loved his family and friends and Big Sky, Mont.
A memorial service will be held on Oct. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at Big Sky Chapel, 510 Little Coyote Rd., Big Sky, Mont.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice of Southwest Montana 3810 Valley Commons Drive #1, Bozeman, MT 59718.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Oct. 17 to Oct. 20, 2012