July 24, 1925–July 6, 2012
Wayne Hare, 86, of Bloomfield, N.M., passed away on Friday, July 6, 2012, at his home. Wayne was born on July 24, 1925, in Bloomfield. Wayne was born in a barn on the farm, lived his entire life on the farm, died on the farm and will be buried on the farm.
Wayne graduated from Aztec High School in 1942. After attending college at New Mexico State University for one year, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1944. He trained to become a pilot at the University of Alabama and at Sheppard Field in Victoria, Texas.
Upon returning from the service, Wayne became a partner with his father, Alex, in the extensive farming operation in Bloomfield. In 1949, his father purchased 450 acres at the end of the Upper Blanco Basin, 12 miles east of Pagosa Springs. This property became known as the Hare Ranch. Wayne and his father worked diligently to create a successful ranching operation which has been in continuous operation by the Hare family since 1949. The stunning beauty of the Hare Ranch was preserved in a conservation easement in 2009 as a legacy to Alex and Wayne.
Wayne established a construction company in the early 1960s and built many beautiful homes in the Upper Blanco Basin. He surrounded himself with many skilled craftsmen from the Farmington and Pagosa area. The structures they created are a testimony to fine craftsmanship. He was a loyal customer of Day Lumber.
Wayne was honored to have known and developed lasting friendships with many of the legacy settlers of the Upper Blanco Basin. Among them were Red and Ruby Sisson, Frank Oppenheimer, Joe and Mona Jones, Court and Dodo Gale, Frank Harvey Sr., Fred Harman, Tom and Veda Tisson and Hence Barrow. Life in the 1950s in the Upper Blanco Basin was filled with summer Saturday noon fish frys with neighbors on the Rio Blanco. Friday nights were always spent watching the Gillette Friday Night Fights on television with the Jones, at the home of Court and Dodo Gail.
Wayne married Donna Lee in 1944. They were married for 67 years. Three children, Ken, Judy and Kathy were born of this union. The families of the children are all active in the Hare Ranch operations.
Thank you, Wayne, for dedicating a large part of your life to preserving a very special place in the Upper Blanco Basin.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 12, at the First United Methodist Church in Bloomfield, a church built by Wayne. Memorials can be made to the Bloomfield Methodist Church Parsonage Fund.