David W. Ogilvie, Sr. (1923-2004)


David William "Bill" Ogilvie Sr., 80, died Aug. 4, 2004, at his home on the U-Ranch in Cliff, N.M. An Arizona native, he was born Aug. 7, 1923 in Star Valley.

He was the son of Andrew Milne and Margaret Agnes (Lazear) Ogilvie. He was married to Carol C. Peterson.

Mr. Ogilvie was raised under the Mogollon Rim, on the Ogilvie Ranch near Payson. After graduating from Payson High School as class valedictorian, he spent several years in the Tonto Basin area working as a young man on ranches. In 1943, at the age of 19, he joined the Army Air Force and served in England and France, flying 65 completed missions over Germany. Trained as a tail gunner, he flew on A-20 light bombers and finished his military service as a gunnery instructor. Mr. Ogilvie returned to Payson to his much loved ranch work. He retired from the Bar T Bar Ranch in the early 1980s after 44 years. After a few years, he moved to New Mexico with his wife, Carol, to join his son and family in their ranching operation in and around Cliff.

An avid outdoorsman, he excelled at trout fishing and fondly spoke of having ridden horses for over 70 years. His family was his pride and joy.

Mr. Ogilvie was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carol; daughter, Diane Ogilvie and her husband, Michael Moore, of Anchorage, Alaska; son, David William Ogilvie Jr. and his wife, Tammy, of Silver City; two sisters, Anna Mae Ogilvie Deming of Payson and Beryl Ogilvie Greb of Gilbert.; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers for Mr. Ogilvie will be Andrew (Drew) Ogilvie; David William Ogilvie Jr.; Jason Dobrinski; Chad Freeman; James Earl Mullen; Jim Weeks and Buck Wickham. Honorary bearers will be Raphael Acosta; Miquel Apodaca; Tom Barkley; Jim Deming; David Fiacco; Kendrick Holder; Billy Laney; Joe Lockwood; David Norris; Rusty Meikle; Michael F. Moore; Ron Mullen; Ken Seidel; Frank Talbert and George Yard, MD.

The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7 at Bright Funeral Home in Silver City. Interment will be in the Payson Pioneer Cemetery Monday, Aug. 9. Graveside services will be at noon, preceded by a visitation from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 302 W. Aero Drive. A potluck lunch will immediately follow the funeral at the Payson Womans Club, 504 W. Main St.

Bright Funeral Home of Silver City, N.M. handled the arrangements.

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