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Wayne Hage Passes Away
Steward of the Range email to members and friends ^ | Monday, June 5, 2006 3:14 p.m. | Frank T. Duren,

Posted on 06/05/2006 7:37:15 PM PDT by holyscroller

Dear Members,

I am sorry to deliver this news to you, but early this afternoon, my good friend and the great man we all admired and supported, Wayne Hage, passed away peacefully at his home on Pine Creek Ranch.

A few weeks ago, Margaret showed him the many letters and notes all of you had sent to him, and he was overwhelmed at the warm thoughts and prayers that were within these. They gave him great comfort in his final days. The family wanted to make sure you knew how much these were appreciated by him.

Funeral arrangements are being made by the family now and we will let you know when the service will occur.

God Bless Wayne Hage.


Frank T. Duran, President

From: Stewards of the Range [ mailto:Stewards_of_the_Range@mail

To: Subject: Wayne Hage

TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: cattlemen; hage; helenchenoweth; obituary; patriot; propertyrights; waynehage
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To: holyscroller

Prayers up.

21 posted on 06/06/2006 5:21:06 AM PDT by Hydroshock ( (Proverbs 22:7). The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.)
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To: Carry_Okie
Also noted over here
22 posted on 06/06/2006 7:28:44 AM PDT by SierraWasp ((2006)Arnold? Or NO Arnold? (2008)Gore? Or NO Gore? NO DEAL!!! (on either one))
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To: holyscroller

Prayers for Wayne. I have met him several times since the early 1990s at many trainings and the "Win Back The West Series." His book, "Storm Over Rangelands" taught me much about property rights in the West and launched my own years of research. I probably would not be in local elected office today without having encountered Wayne and Dick Carver.

It is so unjust that he has essentially won on almost all of his grounds for establishing "split estate" propert rights on federally managed lands, but that he and his first wife never lived to see the court finish the job and award him monetary compensation for the USFS property taking for the value of his ranch under the Fifth Amendment. Justice is not speedy.

23 posted on 06/06/2006 7:29:34 AM PDT by marsh2
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To: MrCruncher

Sorry, but the date of this article is December 22, 2006. When I saw it this past December, I was shocked to see how ill Wayne looked. I thought for a moment that maybe the photograph's color was bad, but then I looked at Helen in the photo, and she looked just fine, other than totally focused on Wayne. This was the photo that told me that Wayne was very ill.

24 posted on 06/06/2006 10:25:33 PM PDT by ( (please visit today!))
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To: holyscroller; Jeff Head
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Obituary for E. Wayne Hage

Dec. 21, 1936 – June 5, 2006


(MONITOR VALLEY, NV) On Monday, June 5, Wayne Hage passed away in peace, at age 69, at his home at Pine Creek Ranch in Monitor Valley Nevada. He was the husband of two beautiful wives. Jean Nichols Hage, the mother of his five children, preceded him in death in 1996. He is survived by his wife Helen Chenoweth Hage who he married in 1999. The things he cherished most in life were his family and friends. The motivating force in his life was to serve his Lord Jesus Christ.

Wayne won a very public fight for freedom over property. He won a very private fight for eternal freedom June 5th. He a courageous man with a sustaining faith in God and a hope so real to him that he did not flinch, both in life and in death. He won. He went home to be with his Lord in heaven.

Born December 21, 1936, in Elko Nevada, Wayne was the youngest of five children to the parents of Reinert and Grace Hage. His father was a geologist, and his mother a school teacher. At age 15, he left home to buckaroo for a number of large open range outfits in Nevada and southern Idaho, such as the Moffitt and PX, forming a life-long passion for the range livestock industry. He worked with some of the finest cow men in the country, ran mustangs on the Owyhee desert for his uncle, Earl Prunty, broke teams on buck rakes and mowing machines. He lived in a unique time in history with values and freedoms which he always sought to preserve.

After fulfilling his draft requirements in the Air Force’s Strategic Air Command, he finished his GED and earned a master’s degree in biological science from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Wayne and his wife Jean, whom he married in 1963, purchased her family ranch in Sierra Valley, California. They lived there fifteen years, where all of their five children born. While in California, Wayne served as chairman of the Agricultural Land Use Committee of the California State Chamber of Commerce, and was actively involved in the California Cattlemen’s Association, and the California Farm Bureau.

In 1978, he fulfilled his life-long dream when he and his wife Jean, purchased an open-range cattle ranch in Monitor Valley Nevada, known as Pine Creek Ranch. Immediately, however, they came under attack from the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, denying them access to their vested water rights and range in an attempt to break them economically to create a National Park and wilderness area of the ranch.

Wayne met these attacks on his lifestyle and property by authoring his book, “Storm Over Rangelands: Private Rights in Federal Lands”, which for the first time articulated the privately owned vested water rights, forage rights and rights-of-ways arising on federal lands.

In 1991, the federal government’s attacks on the Hage’s property came to a head when the federal government confiscated over 100 head of cattle at gun point. In response, Hage filed a Fifth Amendment of the Constitution “takings” case in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In a landmark victory, in 2002, the Court ruled in its Final Opinion and Finding of Fact that Hage had title to his vested water rights and the “fee lands” within the boundaries of his range allotments.

Wayne was actively involved in starting several property rights organizations including the National Federal Lands Conference, Stewards of the Range, and the Nevada Live Stock Association. He also served on the executive board of Mountain States Legal Foundation, as a trustee of the University of Nevada Foundation, and Nevada Agricultural Foundation, and acted as a consultant to financial institutions.

Wayne, and his wife Helen, sharing each others passion for property rights and freedom, spent much of their time together speaking to ranching and property rights groups, to share with their fellow ranchers the tremendous property rights victory in Hage v. U.S. Wayne was proud to leave a legacy to his family of a ranch with clear and full title, from boundary to boundary, to which the federal government could no longer impose a grazing permit. Cattle are now running freely on the entire ranch fulfilling Wayne’s vision.

Not by choice, the cause of Wayne’s life was to defend the property rights of his fellow rancher and property owners. His life’s work is perhaps best described by friend by Idaho attorney, John Runft. “Let me also echo those many who knew Wayne to be a truly great man. I treasure the times we spent together discussing not only the legal intricacies of real property law which he pioneered as well as the cutting edge legal proceedings he fearlessly pursued against overbearing government bureaucracies but also the broader ethics and codes of conducting one’s life. Wayne was Socratic to the core. He knew himself well and therefore had no difficulty encountering with an open mind new ideas and concepts about which he would engage in lively debate. Accordingly, he had no fear of taking action if the circumstances merited action. He lived his life a legacy of thoughtful deliberation and fearless action. He embodied the legend of the West in every respect. He will be sorely missed, but his life is greatly celebrated.”

Services will begin at noon on Saturday, June 10, at noon at Pine Creek Ranch in Monitor Valley, Nevada. He is survived by his wife Helen and children, Ramona Morrison, Ruthe Agee, Margaret Byfield, Laura Perkins and Wayne Hage, as well as his children by marriage: Mike Chenoweth (Diana) and Meg Keenan. He is also survived by his brother David Hage (Nancy) and sisters Faye Tewell (John) and Alice Hage. He will also be remembered fondly by his four son-in-laws and daughter-in-law: Jeff Morrison, Jace Agee, Dan Byfield, David Perkins, and Yelena Hage. His legacy live on in his grandchildren: John and Kristin Morrison; Tyler, Jacob and Katelyn Agee; David, Harrison and Charlton Perkins; McKenzy Byfield; and Bryan Hage.

25 posted on 06/07/2006 3:48:45 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Immigration Control and Border Security -The jobs George W. Bush doesn't want to do.)
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To: Carry_Okie

thanks for the ping.

My prayers to the family of this great man.

26 posted on 06/08/2006 1:38:25 PM PDT by madfly
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