Ronald Wayne Haider returned to his Heavenly Home on the morning of June 7th. He was beloved by many in the community and will be sorely missed.
He was born on June 18, 1944 in Cedar City, Utah to Arnetta and Arnold Haider. He spent his formative years in Southern Utah and graduated from Cedar City High School. It was during this time that he developed a life-long love of the outdoors.
Ron earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Southern Utah and a master’s degree from Utah State University. Upon graduation, he wanted to move to a state that offered the most to the outdoorsman, so he ended up in Wyoming. He spent 41 years as an educator, most of them in Evanston. Ron was an integral part of the construction and planning of Davis Middle School.
Ron proudly served his country in both the Army National Guard and Air Force Reserve. He began his service in 1962 and was awarded an Honorable Discharge in June of 2000.
Ron was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in various callings including Stake Young Men and Bishopric. He was heavily involved in the scouting program throughout his life. As a Scoutmaster, he helped many young men earn the rank of Eagle. Ron received one of scouting's highest honors: the Silver Beaver Award. After retirement, Ron and his wife enjoyed serving as senior missionaries at the Bishop’s storehouse.
Ron found happiness in gardening. His lawn and flower beds brought him special joy and pride. He taught photography classes in the evenings and helped others find beauty in the world through the photographic lens. As an avid outdoorsman, he spent his summers fishing the Wyoming backcountry. Fall would often find him in search of big bull elk and “mozzback” mulies. He was a passionate trapper and lion houndsman. Hunting and horses were synonymous in the Haider household. Dad never got bucked off once… he was bucked off multiple times! (Love you Dad!)
He is survived by his sweetheart of almost 50 years, Linda; children: Ronette (Tony) Millard, Creig (Beth) Haider, Ember (Randy) Jackson, Hap (Kathy) Olsen, Nanci (Tim) Dennis, R. Jeremy (Amber) Haider, Derek (Jenny) Haider, and Randy (Amy) Haider; 27 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Arnold and Arnetta Haider; and by his two granddaughters, Stacie Olsen and Chelsea Janes.
Special thanks to the staff of Tender Care Hospice and Spring Gardens Assisted Living of Linden, Utah for their selfless and loving care of Ron in his final days.
All are welcome to share their respects at a viewing held on Friday June 9th from 6-8 pm, at the Evanston South Stake Center, 632 Twin Ridge Ave, and again Saturday June 10th at 1pm, one hour prior to the funeral at the same location at 2pm. Interment will be at the Evanston Cemetery.