Morgan Tyler Hougland, 34, of Alliance, Nebraska, died tragically Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. He was born July 24, 1981, in Bozeman, Montana, the son of Skip Hougland and Emily (Mathis) Hougland. He attended Bozeman Christian School and graduated from Manhattan Christian School in 2000, where he played football on the joint Manhattan High School/Manhattan Christian School team and was a member of the MCS chorus. He graduated from Dawson Community College, where he was a member of the DCC rodeo team. He attended a variety of Christian churches and Churches of Christ in the places he lived. He was an Engineer for BNSF, based out of Alliance.
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Morgan is survived by his daughter, Makenzi, father Howard "Skip" (Erica Thomas) Hougland, mother Emily Hougland, sisters Misty (Jeff) Stevens of Seattle, Washington, Michelle Alstrom, and Teresea (David) Jones, of Belgrade, Montana. He leaves his maternal grandmother, Mary Mathis, of Belgrade and his girlfriend, Morgan Clark. He is also survived by a host of loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and a wealth of close friends.
He was preceded in death by his maternal Papa, Adrian Mathis, and his paternal grandparents, Marvin and Connie Hougland, of Rough and Ready, California.
Cremation has taken place, and a memorial will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the Big Yellow Barn in Bozeman, Montana. A memorial will be held in Nebraska at a later date, to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the Alliance Archery Club, in Alliance, Nebraska. Donations can be mailed to Alliance Archery Club, c/o Lisa Splattstoesser, 10546 County Road 130, Angora, NE.
Morgan loved to fellowship with his family and friends, and joyfully cooked for them, helped them out when they needed him, rejoiced with them in shared happy moments, and wept with them through trials. He loved telling stories and just talking with anyone he came into contact with, about anything. He didn't ever meet a stranger and readily befriended people.
His greatest passion was horses, and from the time he was a toddler to the time of his death, he was rarely without a horse in his corral.
He participated in a variety of activities such as archery, hunting, camping, fishing, rodeo, horse training and horseback riding, football, skiing, and anything that let him be outdoors in God's creation, which he loved. He loved history, especially the Civil War era.
Morgan is remembered for his happy attitude and his frequently present smile and laugh.
Above all, Morgan loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Morgan T. Hougland Memorial, Big Yellow Barn, 9466 Springhill Road, Belgrade, MT 59714
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 11, 2015