Eugene Stanley Wyatt II


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Eugene Stanley Wyatt II passed away on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Goshen, New York.

Born to Eugene Stanley Wyatt and Gloria Lewis Wyatt (Goff) on Aug. 28,1943, in Seattle, Washington, Eugene spent his formative years growing up in the central valley town of Fresno, California.

He enjoyed playing sports and was exceptionally good at baseball and swimming. He also enjoyed being a lifeguard during his high school years.

After high school, Eugene moved on to the University of California at Berkeley and briefly worked for Shell Oil as a chemist. Over the years that followed, Eugene held a number of different jobs, including being an extra in the movie "Petulia" in 1968 and co-owning the Norpro Art Gallery located near San Francisco’s Ghirardeli Square.

Eugene took his interest in art to Paris where he spent five years abroad. Upon his return, Eugene moved to Manhattan and worked nights as a taxi cab driver so he could spend his days exploring the New York art scene and visiting all of the museums.

He enjoyed the New York City lifestyle to the fullest.

Always seeking out new adventures, Eugene later moved to the upstate New York town of Swan Lake. He acquired a small farm and chose his next adventure: raising sheep.

A first generation, self-taught farmer, Eugene launched his Catskill Merino Sheep Farm by reading books and networking with other sheep experts.

Eugene focused his efforts on raising the finest merino wool. He traveled to Australia, toured the region with an expert, and flew home five prize-winning Saxon Merino rams to improve the quality and lineage of his flock.

He could be found at the Greenmarkets in New York City every weekend selling his wool yarns, sheepskins, garlic and lamb sausages.

Thirteen years ago he moved his farm to Goshen, where he continued to work on improving his line and quality of wool. Tending to his flock was his true love.

Eugene was also an artist, an intellectual and a scholar. A voracious reader and prolific writer, he was captivated by the written word. He could be found reading anything from a tractor manual or garden book about pansies to works by Tolstoy or Proust.

Eugene constantly tweeted and blogged about topics of interest, showing his artistic side by complementing his words with beautiful pictures he had taken.

The oldest in the family, Eugene was predeceased by his parents Eugene Stanley Wyatt and Gloria Lewis Wyatt and by his brother Kirk Wyatt.

He is survived by his sister Kimberley, brother Tracey, nieces, nephews and his devoted friend and assistant shepherd Dominique Herman.

Eugene was a man of many facets, all of which are dearly missed.

Arrangements under the care of the Donovan Funeral Home, Inc., Goshen.



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