William Paul Hayman
William Paul Hayman
  • August 4, 1923 - May 27, 2017
  • Winter Park, Florida

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William Paul Hayman, Jr. passed away in Orlando on Saturday, May 27, 2017, after a brief illness.

A rarity in Florida today, Bill was a true Florida native. Dr. Hayman was born in Winter Haven, Florida in 1923 to William Paul and Margaret Hayman and grew up in Bartow, Florida. He resided in Maitland and then Winter Park after retiring from a career in the US Air Force. Bill Hayman was a 4th generation Floridian and a descendent of a Peace River pioneer family whose ancestors first settled the Central Florida region in 1888.

When Bill was a teenager, his father, William Paul Hayman, Sr., purchased the 10,000 acres of what was to become Hayman’s 711 Ranch in 1939 and stocked it with cattle purchased in Polk County. During the early years, Hayman’s 711 Ranch was remote and only accessible from the unpaved Peavine Trail off Highway 60. The clay road that serves as today’s main entrance did not exist and was created during the 1940s. There were no improved pastures; only scrub pine, palmetto, saw grass and wetland. While Bill’s father was still working as an agricultural agent for Lee and Polk counties, he would work tirelessly on weekends to improve the pastures and establish a herd. Often his sons, Bill and Jack would help their father and camp at the ranch on weekends to go hunting.

Bill graduated from the historic Summerlin Institute high school in Bartow in 1941. Four years later, he graduated from Auburn University with his doctorate in veterinary medicine and he received a Master in Public Health from Tulane University in 1950. After briefly practicing veterinary medicine in Gainesville, Bill joined the US Army Air Corps. He began his military career by caring for the ceremonial horses in Fort Meyers, Va. During the remaining 31 years of service, he held a variety of responsibilities, including base veterinarian, troop food inspector, and oversight of the sentry dog program during the Vietnam era. He retired as Colonel from the US Air Force in 1975, and seven years later, he assumed full-time management responsibilities for the ranch from his father.

When Hayman’s 711 Ranch first began its foray in the cattle industry, the herd was mostly composed of 150 red and white Brahman cows due to their adaptability to the harsh Florida environment. In the 1970s, the ranch began production of a registered Brangus herd with approximately 50 head. During Bill’s tenure, he focused on improving the size and quality of the Brangus herd by acquiring top-grade genetics and utilizing progressive breeding techniques, such as artificial insemination and embryo transfer.

In his 15 year career managing the ranch, Bill also continued the work of his father by developing and expanding improved pastures and experimenting with various types of grasses, improving the nutritional characteristics of the available forage.

Bill’s dedication to Florida’s agricultural community was not limited to cattle. In addition to being a member of the Southeast Brangus Breeders Association, International Brangus Breeders Association, and the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, he had also been active in Florida’s citrus industry since the 1950s and served on the board of directors for the Haines City Citrus Growers Association for 17 years. In 2005, the ranch was awarded the Florida Environmental Stewardship Award from the Florida Cattlemen’s Association for outstanding conservation practices in Florida’s unique environment. Despite the sweeping changes to the Florida landscape that he observed over his 93 years, Bill remained a steward of the land, and his love and personal toil created a legacy in Florida’s agricultural community.

Bill was married to the former Maude Garbutt from Devonshire, England. This year, they celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary. They have two daughters, Carol (Bob) and Diana (Tom); three grandchildren, TJ (Kelly), Brandon and Lindsay (Rich) and two great-granddaughters.

A memorial service will be held at Maitland Presbyterian Church on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 2 PM. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Baldwin Fairchild. For more information, please visit www.BaldwinFairchild.com An informal celebration of Bill’s life will be held in the Standish Center at the Mayflower Retirement Community, 1620 Mayflower Court, Winter Park on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 2 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation in memory of W.P. Hayman, PO Box 421403, Kissimmee, FL 34742-1403 or to Maitland Presbyterian Church, 341 North Orlando Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751.