Dr. Max L. Partch, 86, died Oct. 1, 2003. He was born Nov. 26, 1916 in Lake Mills, Wis. to Rev. and Mrs. L. C. Partch. He was one of five children.
In his childhood, he developed a love for the outdoors -- sometimes hunting with his father, oftentimes just out somewhere by himself, enjoying nature.
After serving in the Army during World War II in the Panama Canal Zone, he returned to Wisconsin to begin graduate studies, earning his Ph.D. in ecology.
He married Betty Mitchell on Feb. 14, 1947.
In 1949, the couple moved to St. Cloud, Minn. where he taught for 30 years in the biology department of St. Cloud State University.
After retiring, they moved to Payson where he was active in the Nature Conservancy, the Rim Country Museum, the Payson Birders and Friends of the Library.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; son, Robin; daughters, Jenifer, Ellen and Sara; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his sister, Maurine Ryan, age 97.
An open house time of remembrance for sharing memories will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 at the Partch home, 1409 Alpine Heights Drive in Payson.
Donations can be made to the Rim Country Museum.