Raymond L. Haggard, 85, of Cottonwood passed away on July 13, 2017. He was born in Needles, California, the son of Lowell Edwin Haggard and Ruth Kelly Haggard.
A graduate of san Bernardino High School in 1950, Ray joined the ROTC. He continued his education at UCLA where he majored in English Drama. He directed classmate Carol Burnett in a radio drama. During college, he earned money by parking cars at the Beverly Hills Hotel, was a taxi driver and a lifeguard. He also was a member of the AFROTC.
Upon graduation, he served his country in the Air Force as a Captain and was stationed at Loring Air Force base in Maine during the Korean War.
After his discharge, Ray taught English, Math, Drama and Stagecraft in San Bernardino and in the Laguna Beach School District.
Ray went on to be a Vice Principal and later was the School Improvement Director.
Darrel Haggard and Doreen Haggard Hill are his children by his first wife, Dolores Brigham.
He married Maureen McNelly Doyle on April 27, 1972. They were both members of the Cottonwood Lions Club, square-danced with the Cottonwood Roadrunners and were founding members of the Verde valley Voices. After 45 years of marriage, they have 15 grandchildren and thirty great-grandchildren.
A memorial service of remembrance will be held on Friday, July 28 in the Westcott Funeral Home at 11 AM. A reception will follow at the funeral home. Donations in Ray's memory may be made to the Cottonwood Lions Club, P O Box 516, Cottonwood, AZ 86326 or to a charity of your choosing.
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