Doug Haws Dies

A longtime horse trainer and judge, William Douglas 'Doug' Haws of Hurricane, Utah, died May 30.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Doug was raised around horses and it proved to be his major hobby throughout his life. (Credit: courtesy of Mitch Haws)

William Douglas "Doug" Haws of Hurricane, Utah, died May 30, 2014. 

Doug was born October 6, 1934, in Panguitch, Utah, to William “J.” and Myrtle Sargent Haws. He married his high school sweetheart and best friend, Thelma “Maxine” Orton, on June 17, 1955.  

Doug was raised around horses and it proved to be his major hobby throughout his life. He competed himself in many rodeo and racing events, and trained many young riders while also being a well-respected judge. He was a member of AQHA, the Pinto Horse Association, Utah Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, Pinto Horse Hall of Fame, and was a president of the World Champion Cutter Racing Association. Doug created the Early Thaw Horse Show Circuit in Hurricane that eventually became one of the largest equestrian events in the region.

Doug graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor of science degree in range management. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a district forest ranger for 25 years in many regions, including Cedar City, Logan, Randolph, Utah; Paris, Idaho; and Afton, Wyoming. He moved his family from Afton to Parker, Colorado, in 1982 and worked in the United States and internationally as the company safety director for Grant Norpac Exploration Co. until his retirement in 1993.


Doug was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and loved missionary work. Not one to ever be idle, he took up the hobby of wood work. One of his specialties was inscribing names in wood and making decorative shelves. Doug would cut, glue and sand and Maxine would paint many of these items which they gave to newly married couples and as baby gifts. Many family members have these special memories hanging on their walls or on their tables.

He also loved to cook. His collection of Dutch ovens became so extensive he finally had to purchase a trailer to store them all. If you were ever lucky enough to be invited to eat his cooking, you would always go away with a full stomach and a smile.  

Doug and Maxine raised four children: Michael Douglas Haws of Kemmerer, Wyoming; Mitchell James Haws of Austin, Texas; Kim Hampton of Morrison, Colorado; and Tamara Priggemeier of Hurricane, Utah.

Doug is survived by his wife, four children and grandchildren, Brandi Olson, Travis Haws, Thomas Haws, Matthew Haws, Trey Quinn, Tyra Quinn, Jasmine Priggemeier and Tara Priggemeier, and great grandchildren, twins, Emma and Gavin Olson. He is also survived by his brother Don Ipson and sister Mary Worthen.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, his sister Minnie Johnson, his brother Kay Sargent and brother in law J. Frank Worthen.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on June 4 at the Hurricane Utah Stake Center, 650 South, 700 West  Viewings will be held at the same location from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 3 and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on June 4.

Interment will be at the Panguitch, Utah, cemetery. Funeral services are under the direction of Neal S. Magelby & Sons Mortuary.