Douglas Stuart Hart

Thursday, September 27, 2018
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Douglas Stuart Hart left this earth for his next adventure on Sept. 15, 2018. His family and friends all wish him the happiest of trails.

Doug was born in Huntington, NY on Dec. 22, 1951, a Christmas baby. His family moved to Illinois when he was nine, but he was drawn to the west because of his family's ranch in northwest Wyoming, and spent his summers there growing up. He attended Choate School and the University of Montana in Missoula. Doug cowboyed on the historic Bell Ranch in New Mexico and one of the King ranches in Texas. For several years he managed his family's ranch in Montana. He lived in Austria for a year and a half, becoming fluent in German, and he was pretty darned good in French, as he taught that subject at North Country School near Lake Placid, NY. He also spoke some Spanish and was proud of his polyglot skills.

Doug enjoyed travelling. When he was still in his teens, he went on a three-month tour of South America with his younger sister. Other adventures included three horseback trips in Africa, a horseback trip in Mongolia, dog sledding in Alaska, heli-skiing in British Columbia with his two sons, and a golf excursion to the UK with his two brothers and his dad. Other destinations included several more South America trips, Europe, North Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Doug and his wife Ellen lived on a farm near Red Lodge where their two sons were raised. In the early 1980’s Doug became one of the founding members of Hall and Hall Inc., a ranch real estate firm in Billings. Doug was with Hall and Hall for over 30 years, and felt honored to have come to know many fine ranches throughout the Rocky Mountains. In 1998 he and his second wife Harriet, known by many as Rox, bought Paint Creek Ranch in northern Wyoming on the Clark's Fork of the Yellowstone River. After Doug retired, they put their full efforts into the care and maintenance of the ranch, using conservation as a tool to benefit wildlife.

Along with his extended family, and many friends, far and wide, Doug leaves behind his wife, Harriet Corbett, his sons, Philip and Austin, his siblings, Chip Hart, Kitty Lansing and Heather Hart, and his mother, Margaret Stuart Hart. He was pre-deceased by his father Gus Hart and by his brother Rob Hart.

Doug loved dancing, hunting, fishing, rafting, riding, skiing and story telling. He loved life and everyone loved Doug. He was a magnanimous, magnetic, vital and fun-loving man, and he will be missed.

A gathering will be held at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, on Saturday, Oct. 13, 4-7 p.m. Please, no flowers, but do bring your favorite photos to share. If you would like to donate in Doug's name, please consider the American Bird Conservancy. He loved birds too.