Ryan Wayne Haws - father, uncle, son and friend - took his final ride Sunday, July 18, 2021 in St. George, Utah. He was born April 12, 1975 in Cedar City. Ryan went to Boulder Elementary School and figured out at an early age that life’s most important lessons are not taught in school, but instead working hard at your father’s side to learn the fine art of being a cowboy.
He took that work ethic with him to Dixie Middle School and Dixie High School in St. George while spending every spare minute on the family ranch in the summer. He was active in the band and on the Dixie High football team. His cowboy skills served him very well – he qualified for the state rodeo Tie-Down Roping and Team Roping competition all four years he was in high school.
Ryan graduated from Dixie College with a degree in Automotive Science. He was always a cowboy at heart and his happiest times were as the president of the Dixie College Rodeo team, traveling with his buddies to their competitions. His strong work ethic took him to Southwest Concrete where he was known for working circles around the other employees and getting his work done faster than everyone else.
Ryan married Shea Farnsworth, October 16, 1999 and moved back to Boulder to run the family ranch. They had two sons, Ryker and Oakley. They were recently divorced. Ryan gained a daughter this last September when Oakley married Megan.
He was known as the Boulder Helper. He and his sons fed animals, moved cattle, cleared roads and even sheared sheep for anyone in town who needed them. His heart was always open and he would never let anyone down. While he ran the Boulder Creek Ranch he became famous for his hearty “This is Ryan Haws over to Boulder” whenever he would answer his phone. It was a great comfort to know Ryan was always over home. His boys were the light of his life. They meant everything to him and he taught them the same lessons about hard work his dad taught him. He never missed their rodeos and it wasn’t long until his booming, cheering voice became a staple on the high school rodeo circuit.
Ryan called his parents Gary and Madlyn Haws every day and was always there if they needed him. He always put the needs of others ahead of his own. He had one sister Candy Peterson and doted on her - they were the best of friends and were always laughing and teasing each other.
Ryan was close to his friends and family all over the state. We will always know him as the friendly cowboy with a quick smile and a warm hug for everyone he knew.
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 26, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. in the Boulder Ward Chapel, where friends may call from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. burial will be in the Boulder Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com
Happy trails Ryan, until we meet again.