By HDN Staff
Douglas D. Hyke, 73, of Havre, an Army veteran and retired school teacher, died of natural causes on Tuesday, June 11, 2002, in his home.
At his request, there will be no memorial or funeral service. His burial will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday in Mandan, N.D., in the Veterans' Cemetery.
Doug was born May 9, 1929, to Paul and Barbara (Baer) Hyke at Bowman, N.D. He was an outstanding athlete in all sports, leading his high school football and basketball teams to their conference and district championships. Doug was also the high point scorer in the Class A Regional track meet. He continued to demonstrate his excellence as an athlete while attending Dickinson State University. He was named All Conference in football both his junior and senior years. These accomplishments merited him being named the Athlete of the Decade for the 1950s at Dickinson State.
On Aug. 29, 1951, Doug joined the U.S. Army. He was discharged Aug. 28, 1953.
He graduated with a triple major from Dickinson State University in 1951. He received a master's degree from the University of Montana and received a National Science Foundation grant to do post-graduate work in biology at the University of Nebraska and Washington State University.
Doug taught high school for 40 years the last 35 in Havre. He continued to distinguish himself both in the classroom and the athletic field. He taught biology and anatomy and physiology during his years at Havre High. Doug coached football as a line coach and was the head track coach. He led the track team to four state championships and was named Class A Track Coach of the Year four times. As a line coach, his football team earned two state championships.
Doug was devoted to his family and continued to run the farm, back in North Dakota until illness prevented this.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Paul and Barbara Hyke, and his brothers, Wayne and infant brother Norman.
Memorials are suggested to Havre High School, 900 18th St., Havre, MT 59501 or Dickinson State University, 291 Campus Drive, Dickinson, N.D. 58601.
Services and arrangements are under the direction of the Holland and Bonine Funeral Home.