Dave Hagerman

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Dave is pictured above with Shiva, his best friend and constant companion during the nine years he was foreman for the West Riverside Canal Company in the 1980’s, running water for the farms and ranches of Southern California. Over the last year, Dave dealt with diminishing health and would say that if he should leave us, he’d be waiting at the ‘Rainbow Bridge’, where all the dogs we’ve ever loved are happy and romping around beautiful green fields under sunny skies.

Dave was born on April 16, 1957. Looking ahead to continued physical decline, Dave chose to gently pass over to the Rainbow Bridge on July 7, 2018. We honor his choice and we honor his life.

Dave lived his life with exuberance; proud of his service in the US Marine Corps, riding his Harley Davidsons on the wide, open highways, taking pride in his hard work and always ready to stand up for people he met who were bullied or disadvantaged.

Dave felt so lucky that when he came to Montana, he was able to return to the open spaces and work he loved, running water for the East Bench Irrigation District. He would call his mom to describe the eagles, the fox kits, the clouds and the feeling of freedom and peace his job gave him. Dave felt a deep appreciation for his boss and his work colleagues on the Bench.

Dave is survived by his mother, Carol V. Higgins; his sister, Cynthia McCulloh; most gratefully, his loving and caring partner, Sharon Andersen, and her grandson, Troy Andersen, who gave Dave the honor of being his ‘grandpa’ and brought him enormous joy. He is also survived by his special chosen brothers, Mercer, and Flip.

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church on July 14, 2018 at 11 a.m.