Paul Milton Hyatt

Paul "Milton" Hyatt

Birth
Hyattville, Big Horn County, Wyoming, USA
Death 3 Jan 2008 (aged 89)
Thermopolis, Hot Springs County, Wyoming, USA
Burial Worland, Washakie County, Wyoming, USA
Memorial ID 44553347 · View Source
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1st of 5 living children of SAMUEL CALHOUN HYATT & LAURETTA ROUENE GAPEN

Married: May 22, 1950, LORETTA AGNES DEERMER, Worland, Washakie Co., Wyoming

Four children

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Paul Milton Hyatt, first born child and son of Samuel Calhoun Hyatt and Lauretta Rouene Gapen, was born in the family home at Hyattville on May 31, 1918, and died at the Thermopolis Rehabilitation and Care Center Jan. 3, 2008 from complications of a stroke several years ago. He was 89.

He attended school in Hyattville for 10 years and finished his last two years at Manderson High School graduating in 1936. Milton then attended Billings Business College graduating with a degree as an Elementary Accountant. He then completed a course of study at the National Schools in Los Angeles and obtained a degree as a Diesel Engineer in 1939. Upon graduation he had an opportunity to work on the construction of Hoover Dam. His Wyoming roots and heritage influenced his decision to return to the ranch his grandfather and father had established in Hyattville. He was once quoted to say, "All that college just to become a cowboy!"

Milton met his wife, Loretta A. Deermer, at the Worland Memorial Hospital where he was recovering from a burn injury. That chance meeting resulted in their marriage on May 22, 1950. Fifty-seven years later, one could still witness the depth of their love and devotion through the sparkle in their eyes as they gazed at one another and the devoted care Loretta so selflessly gave to Milton the past seven years. They had spent 41 years on the ranch and raising their four children: Mary, Samuel, Teresa, and Stephen, but the bond between the two of them never wavered or weakened. Milton and Loretta celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2000. In August of that year, he embraced the Catholic faith.

Milton and his brothers, Wesley and Eugene, purchased their father's portion of the ranch in 1955 and formed Hyatt Brothers, Inc. At that time, the boys maintained an 1800 head cattle operation and had a sheep operation for 38 years that ranged 50 miles from the Sand Creek range to above timberline below Cloud Peak. Milton had told the Wyoming Livestock Reporter in 1989, "Wesley and I were the oldest of five kids. We were our dad's shadow. We helped him on the ranch…our father took us where ever he went." Wesley then added, "It was in the spring of '29 that Milton and I started going to the mountain with Dad. Our dad was a strong man-strong willed. We came up from his training…we've always done things together-that's why we've always gotten along. At one time we had chickens, pigs, milk cows and even raised a garden – enough to take care of the needs of the family." Milton also commented, "There's too much education and not enough experience in ranching nowadays. We grew up on the ranch and lived it from day to day." Ironically, Wesley died October 7, 2007, and the two brothers were not separated but 86 days.

In 1990, Governor Mike Sullivan presented Milton the Wyoming Centennial Rancher Award for Hyatt Bros. He wrote on the picture, "Milt- Congratulations on a well deserved Centennial recognition-you helped make Wyoming a special place."

Milton loved his work whether it was calving, branding, and starting the pipelines in the spring; moving the cattle and sheep around the mountain range from the cow camp headquarters in the summer; gathering the cattle and hunting elk in the fall; and, feeding and chopping water holes in the winter.

In 1991, and at almost 73 and 71 years of age, Milton and Wesley sold the ranch. Milton and Loretta moved to their home in Hyattville.

Milton was never one to sit idly around. In the evenings, he managed all the accounting, financial, and cow herd records of Hyatt Brothers. He spent many hours in the office balancing the books always to that "final penny." Milton also had a knack for electrical wiring and plumbing and would apply that talent to his "after hours" hobbies. He loved to play cards and had an excellent mind for "strategizing."

After retiring, he loved working around their home in Hyattville and seemed to have a limitless list of projects to keep him busy. Milton and Loretta also enjoyed traveling to visit their children and spending time with their nine grandchildren. The family will remember him as a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. Milton loved people and sharing conversations with everyone he met.

Milton was extremely active at all levels of local, county, state, and national civic, political, and agricultural organizations. His wife, Loretta, felt that his involvement with the Wyoming 4-H program was certainly one of his most favorite organizations. He served as a leader for 38 years was a state director, state treasurer, and state president.

He was a Wyoming State Fair Board member, and a member and chairman of the Big Horn County Fair Board from 1966-1982; member and chairman of the Big Horn County Predator Board; member and chairman of the Hyattville Old Timers Assn; member and chairman of the Wyoming State BLM Advisory Board; member of Wyoming Stock Growers Assn where he served on the Executive Board and numerous standing committees; member of Wyoming Woolgrowers Assn. and served on the Executive committee and numerous standing committees; member of Wyoming Farm Bureau — served on Tax Committee; member of National Cattlemen's Assn. — served on various committees; member of WY Public Lands Council — Past President and served on various committees; member of the National Public Lands Council — served as one of Wyoming's delegates to the National Organization; Director of Big Horn County Rural Electric Company and life long member.

Milton was a staunch Republican and was appointed as Big Horn County State Representative in 1982. Another highlight was attending the Presidential Inauguration of Ronald Reagan. He was also a member of the Worland Elks Lodge # 1908.

He was preceded in death by his parents Rouene (1953) and Sam C. (1978), his brothers Eugene (Jan. 3, 1968) and Wesley (2007) and his eldest son, Samuel (2004), and one niece, Sherry (1968).

He is survived by his wife of nearly 58 years, Loretta of Thermopolis; and his children; two sisters – Veda Clevett of Thermopolis and Maxine Hyatt of Worland; his sister-in-law; and by nine grandchildren, one great-grandson, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rite of Committal will follow at Riverview Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Worland.
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  • Maintained by: Catherine Clemens Sevenau
  • Originally Created by: Connie
  • Added: 19 Nov 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 44553347
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Paul "Milton" Hyatt (31 May 1918–3 Jan 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 44553347, citing Riverview Memorial Gardens, Worland, Washakie County, Wyoming, USA ; Maintained by Catherine Clemens Sevenau (contributor 47082189) .