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Hoyt Farnsworth Wilson, 71, passed away Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at the St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, following a sudden illness. He was a longtime resident of the Mann Lake Ranch on the eastern side of Steens Mountain southeast of Burns.
Hoyt grew up in Portland. He graduated from the Hotchkiss School, a college preparatory school in Lakeville, Conn., and then went on to graduate from Yale University in 1964. In that year, Hoyt and Mary (nee Miller) married at the Hinson Memorial Baptist Church in Portland. He was attending the graduate business school at the University of Oregon when they moved to the ranch to help Hoyt’s parents run the operation.
Hoyt served on the local school board for many years, and was president for a time. He was also active in the local Farm Bureau, and served on the Steens Mountain Advisory Committee for more than 10 years. He also served for many years on the board of the Package Containers Company of Canby.
Hoyt was a steadfast and loyal husband, father, brother and friend. He gave pleasure and support to all with his unpretentious presence and ready wit. His love for his family knew no bounds. He will be greatly missed.
Hoyt is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary; daughter, Katharine “Kali” of Portland; son, Hoyt, and wife, Dana, and their children, Kate and Sofia of Bend; and daughter, Alexa, and husband, John Maley, and their children, Eli and Oscar, who reside on the Mann Lake Ranch. He is also survived by his four siblings, Judy Child, Gregg Wilson, Genevieve Laxague, and Mardi Chase, and 11 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Wilson and Constance Ickes; stepfather, Millard Ickes; stepmother, Barbara Pooley Wilson; and sister, Katharine.
Hoyt’s ashes will be returned to Steens Mountain at a later date with the family present. Contributions may be made to a Harney County charity of one’s choice, or the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association.