Horace "Bud" Hagerman

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HORACE LOWRY BUD HAGERMAN Horace "Bud" Hagerman was born August 17, 1927. His parents lived at South Spring (near Roswell, NM), but he was born in Colorado Springs. In 1932 the family moved up to a ranch that encompassed parts of Santa Fe, Torrance, and San Miguel Counties. The headquarters was located in the south part of Santa Fe County, and this is where Bud grew up. This part of the ranch is still in the family. Bud and his brother, Charles, were schooled at the ranch by parents or a tutor through the elementary grades. For the secondary grades, they went away to board at Middlesex School, Concord, MA where their father had gone before them. Bud graduated in 1946. Bud was drafted into the U.S. Army soon after graduation and served for several months before being released. He then entered Cornell University and graduated from the College of Agriculture in 1951 with a degree in Animal Husbandry and Agricultural Engineering. He returned to New Mexico to work on the ranch. Later in the 1950's, Bud was re-drafted and served near Philadelphia in missile defense during the Cold War. On November 4, 1961, he married Katherine Ann "Kathy" Kitch. They began married life in La Cienega where they welcomed three children. Bud and his friend, Elias Sena, built the original large mill at what became Las Golondrinas Museum. In 1968 the Hagermans moved to the Old Agua Fria Road neighborhood where they have lived ever since. For a number of years Bud owned and operated a large apple orchard and truck farm located west of the Santa Fe airport. This property, known as Las Orillas Ranch, later became the Horse Park. Being in agriculture and an outdoors person, Bud was acutely aware of the importance of water resources and of long-range planning for their use. Over the years he served on numerous committees and boards that studied and advised on this issue including the Metropolitan Water Board 1986-1994. His latest position was as a member from Santa Fe County and the agricultural sector on the Estancia Basin Water Planning Committee. Bud was a dedicated fly fisherman, never happier than when he was on a trout stream. He also built fly rods, wrapping them in decorative thread patterns, and tied flies for himself and his friends. Later in life, Bud developed a passion for salmon fishing in the northern Pacific Ocean which rewarded him with yet another circle of friends. He always grew a magnificent vegetable garden and enjoyed having produce to share. Bud died at St. Vincent Hospital on January 8, 2014 after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his father, Lowry Hagerman; his mother, Marie Louise deBremond Hagerman; and his brothers, Charles, and James Hagerman. Bud is survived by his wife, Kathy Kitch Hagerman; his daughter, Anne Marie Hagerman Wall; his son, Thomas Lowry Hagerman; his son, Charles Nathan "Nat" Hagerman (Kathleen Martell); and two grandsons, Benjamin Andrew and Hunter Hagerman Wall. A Memorial Service will be held later this spring. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Friends of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs, Rd., Las Cruces, NM 88011 or the Wildlife Center, P.O. Box 246, Espanola, NM 87532. Rivera Family Funerals and Cremations 417 East Rodeo Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505 Phone: (505)989-7032 Fax: (505)820-0435 santafefuneraloption.com
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The Rivera Family of Santa Fe Funeral Options
417 E. Rodeo Road Santa Fe, NM 87505
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900
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