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'Hap' 'L.I'

Laverne Iler Haptonstall

Hap passed away peacefully on December 16, 2010, at the family ranch with friends and family at his side. He was born April 11, 1934, in La Mesa, Calif., to Guy and Ellen Haptonstall and had five brothers and sisters.

His family moved to Ashland in the 1940's, where he graduated from Ashland High School in 1953. He loved track and football. He married the love of his life, Patricia Louise Rogers, on November 12, 1955. She worked with him and stood at his side the rest of his life! They have three children, Robin Haptonstall, Shannon Wheeler and Laveda Jenson; five grandchildren, Rick Haptonstall, Kevin Wheeler, Ali Jenson, Matt Jenson and Clara Haptonstall; and two great-grandchildren.

Hap worked at, or built in his lifetime, the family orchard, lumbermills, Tucker Sno-Cat, Southern Oregon Museum of Natural History, Haptonstall Taxidermy, and Brickpile Ranch. He was known for his artistic ability in taxidermy and his always open door at the shop.

Some of his passions were his wife and children, family, boxing, motorcycles, mentoring kids, animal rehabilitation, hunting, fishing, trapping, raising and training prize hounds, and hound hunting. He loved to tell stories, for he had so many to tell by living such a full life. He was an excellent teacher of all his talents. Whatever Dad was doing, he touched lives, so many lives so deeply and profoundly, a few words could never describe "L.I. Haptonstall", there would be a different answer from each of his family and friends. Most that knew him, or even of him, will agree he made a good family, good horses, good dogs, good men, and many good friends!

If you would like to do something in his memory, take a kid hunting or fishing. There will be a potluck at the Brickpile Ranch, April 10, 2011. For more information call, 541-535-8503. Bring a story!

'Hap' 'L.I'