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Gary Lyn Haggard, 61, of Hatch went home to his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on May 24, 1948, in Glenwood, Ark. and moved to Carlsbad in 1961 with his sister and brother-in-law Dorothy and Darrel Wright. There he was a member of the Landmark Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school and helped with Vacation Bible School. He graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1967 where he was active in track, setting a state record for low hurdles.
Gary graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and English. He was a member of the track and cross country teams and a brother of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
In 1972 Gary and his wife, Beverly (BS1972) were married and moved to Hatch to begin their teaching careers. Gary taught both middle school and high school physical education, English and reading for 31 years in Hatch. He also coached football, boys and girls basketball and track. He was awarded the AA Associated Press Football "Coach of the Year" in 1981 and is simply and affectionately known as "Coach" in the community. In addition, Gary taught English and coached football and track at H. E. Charles Middle School in El Paso, Texas, for six years.
From 1999 to 2003 Mr. Haggard served as vice-president and president of the Hatch Valley Public Schools School Board. One of the accomplishments he was most dedicated to and proud of was the building of the new Hatch High School during his tenure. Several years previously the district honored his contributions as a leader and coach by establishing the annual "Gary L. Haggard Invitational Track Meet." In whatever role he played in the district, he earned a wonderful reputation for always helping and advocating for students, and he tried to inspire in them the knowledge that they could accomplish anything they desired.
Gary loved the outdoors, especially the mountains where he and his two sons, Casey and Andrew, and his best friend, Randy Lack camped, hunted, fished and rode horses. He was also an accomplished carpenter who built the family home and could design or fix just about anything. Above all, he was a devoted husband and father who taught integrity, kindness, and helpfulness by example. He loved to laugh and always looked at life with a positive, optimistic attitude.
Gary is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Beverly, of Hatch, and his two sons, Casey and Andrew, of Las Cruces, who were always his pride and joy. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. John Haggard and sister-in-law, Holly, of Hot Springs, Ark.; sister Dorothy and husband, Darrel Wright, of Glenwood, Ark. and their sons Doug of Glenwood and Danny of Gallatin, Tenn.; sister-in-law Neoma Haggard of Crescent City, Calif. and niece, Nona Kay Wilson (Dewey), of Broken Arrow, Okla., nephew Melvin Haggard (Kathy) of Crescent City, Calif.; nieces Stacy Hudgens (Brad), Shannon Ahlbrandt (Bill) both of Hot Springs, Ark.; and Lisa Haggard of Eugene, Ore.
Other survivors include Gary's mother and father-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Frank and Florence Frazier of Alamogordo, sister-in-law Marlene Fischer (Gerry) of Las Vegas, Nev., brother-in-law Dr. Donald Frazier (Debbie) of Tularosa and brother-in-law Kenneth Frazier of Albuquerque.
Mr. Haggard was preceded in death by both his parents, Hallie and Minnie Haggard of Glenwood, Ark.; brothers Harlo Haggard of Crescent City, Calif. and Marlin Haggard of Garland, Texas.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at the Hatch Valley High School in Hatch with pastor David White of the First Baptist Church in Hatch officiating. 
Services have been entrusted to the care of La Paz - Graham's Funeral Home 555 West Amador Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005. To send condolences visit
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Oct. 2 to Oct. 16, 2009
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