Wayne Lawrence Haggard

Published on February 21, 2013 by Admin

Wayne Lawrence Haggard, 89, loving and beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Feb. 5, 2013. He was born on March 19, 1923 in Long Beach, Calif., a third generation Californian. He claimed it was a dark and stormy night but that was never confirmed. He parents were Irma and Lawrence Haggard. Wayne spent his school age years in Bakersfield, Calif.

Wayne was an honored World War II veteran. He joined the army in 1941. He was assigned to the 3rd Combat Cargo and flew a C-47 with that squadron to India/Burma. When he finished the tour dropping ammunition and supplies up close to the British Army fighting in Burma, he requested a transfer to the 82ndBomb squadron. There he flew a second combat tour. He left the service in August of 1945 and joined TWA Aug. 30, 1945.

Wayne flew for TWA for 38 years. He flew the DC-3, DC-4, Martin 404, all versions of the Constellation, all 707s and the Lockheed 1011. He spent his last years piloting the 747 on the polar route from LAX to London. In addition to flying, he spent half of his career leading and negotiating for Air Line Pilots Association, International. He was twice elected master chairman and four times chairman of pilot negotiating committees. His strong and innovative leadership was instrumental in achieving many significant improvements in the professional life of TWA pilots during the course of their careers.

Wayne lived most of his life in Manhattan Beach. He served as chairman of the Cities Board of Adjustments for a few years. He was an avid sailor. His boat named Uno Mas was as familiar anchored at Catalina Island as it was on the racecourse where he won his share of trophies. Later in life, he took up taking college courses; topped by a memorable term at Cambridge University in England.

His last years were enjoyed living in Fallbrook, Calif. He served eight years as a member of the Fallbrook Sheriff’s Senior Volunteer Patrol. He and his wife Judy traveled the world enough to satisfy anyone’s wanderlust. He is survived by Judy and three daughters Lauren Rossin, Christine Gregory and Scott Elaine Case. Each daughter provided three delightful grandchildren, Meagan, Chase, Avery, Brent, Duncan, Evan, Blake, Dillon and Colby.

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