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Mark Hagman, Culver, died suddenly six weeks after retiring from 47 years of farming

COURTESY PHOTO HAGMAN FAMILY - His family says Mark Hagman was practical. This summer he had holes in his boots. Because supply chain delays he couldn't get boots in his size, he lined his boots with garbage bags.

A fixture of the Culver school system, the Culver farming community, and the Culver Christian Church passed away this weekend. Mark Hagman died suddenly of an apparent stroke Saturday, Nov. 13, while at the beach with his wife, Lola, and friends. He retired from farming just six weeks ago. He was 67 years old. As a teenager, Hagman made a name for himself in athletics at Culver High School. At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, he was a standout football, basketball and baseball player.

PIONEER FILE PHOTO - At 6 foot 3 inches and 200 pounds, Mark Hagman dominated sports at Culver High School. Hagman died suddenly of an apparent stroke Saturday Nov. 13. He was 67 years old.

Farming was in Hagman's blood. His great grandparents homesteaded on Juniper Butte. While he and his brother, Wes, harvested their first official crop in 1974 when Hagman was 20 years old, their sister Linda says Wes and Mark truly started farming beside their grandfather when they were 4 and 7 years old. In 1977, they joined with their brother-in-law, Evan Thomas, to form H&T Farms. Beyond farming, Hagman served for several years as Chairman of the Board of the Culver Christian Church, the church he was raised going to. He served on the Oregon Mint Commission Board. He served on the Culver School Board. "He was a school board member, a great uncle cheering on relatives, and just a great supporter of the Culver Bulldogs," said Culver District Superintendent Stefanie Garber. "He so loved children and he loved the school district." His love for children, especially babies, comes up first in conversation about Mark. "He would fall asleep in the pew with a sleeping baby that was no relation," says Mark's son, Kirk. "So, sleeping barrowed baby on top of sleeping Mark Hagman. That happened more than once." Hagman pitched in to support people in his community wherever he could, building an athletic facility, plowing snow from neighbors' driveways, putting out wildfires. "He was always right there and ready to help," said Mark's son, Nick. "Consistent and wide-ranging generosity." "He was the original 'pay it forward' guy," says Mark's nephew, Evan Thomas. He put a lot of energy into having fun and was generous sharing the fun. As a pilot, he gave hundreds of people plane rides, including his Grandma Ruby, who had never flown before. Nick claims he gave thousands of people rides in his boat and taught hundreds how to ski. A competitive skier himself, Hagman skied as recently as this past summer. When his wife won a Porsche Boxster in a raffle, he gave people rides in that even on dirty, winding roads. "Never own anything too nice to use," says Kirk, quoting his father's motto, revealing Hagman's practical side. Lola Hagman met Mark at a rodeo dance. Soon after, they were married 41 years ago, he said something that revealed the character of the man she would spend 41 years with. "When I meet somebody," he said, "I just want to make sure they're having a good day when I leave."


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