Don Hight, age 92, of Lemmon and formerly of Murdo, South Dakota, died at Five Counties Nursing Home in Lemmon on Sunday, February 10, 2013.
Don Hight was born on November 3, 1920, the fifth of 10 children to Charles and Edith Hight. He grew up in the White River area. After graduating from high school, he entered the U.S. Army and served as a paratrooper in Europe during WWII. He then began ranching south of Murdo, where he and his wife, Adeline, made their home. They had two children, Dan and Cheryl. The family raised longhorn cattle, horses, and buffalo. Don was well-known in the rodeo circle for all the rank bucking horses and nasty bucking bulls that came off the Hight Ranch.
In 1962, Don captured the world’s attention by trailing over 1800 head of cattle from Westover to Winner, a distance of 70 miles. Shortly after, Don and Adeline flew to California, where Don was featured in an episode of the Rawhide TV series.
Surviving him are son, Dan Hight and his wife, Vanessa, and their children Cody, Hannah, and Bridger of White River; daughter, Cheryl and her husband, Barry Vig of Opal; their daughter, Georgia and her husband, Steve Dale and sons, Joe and Jeremy of Rapid City; their son, Justin Vig and his wife, Mellissa and children, Blake and Skylar of Faith; their daughter, Marti Jo and her husband, Bucky Derflinger and daughter, Jami of Opal; and their son, Ryan of Opal; also two sisters, Lorraine Fraser and Dorothy Hight.
Preceding him in death were his wife of 53 years, Adeline; his parents Charles and Edith Hight; four brothers, Harold, Harlan, Ray, and Roy; and three sisters, Maurine Hight, Irene Schramm, and Sally Littau.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at Grace United Methodist Church at Piedmont, with visitation from 12:00 noon until time of service. Burial will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery with military honors.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefuner als.com.