Robert Hoeft, beloved husband, father, teacher and mentor, was an Oregon poet. He met and married Marjorie Osgood, in December 1959, when both were students at the University of Oregon. After graduation in June of 1960, Robert and his wife spent the following summer as fire lookouts on Tumalo Mountain, near Bend, Ore. Their only visitors during that summer numbered thirteen, including the Forest Service officials who took them up the mountain on a tractor.
From 1961 to 1963, Robert taught high school and college students on the island of Guam. On returning to the United States, Robert taught high school in Eugene, Ore., before accepting a contract to teach American literature, English composition and Creative Writing at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Ore., where the family lived for thirty-eight years.
For several years he spent the summers with his family in a cabin at Lake Quinault in the Olympic Peninsulas of Washington state, where he did much of his writing. Widely published in little magazines throughout the United States, he also had poems published in Canada, England and South Africa. His collected works include four chapbooks and two miniature books. He was a member of the Oregon Poetry Association and the Academy of American Poets.
Robert is survived by his wife, Marjorie, of Ashland, Ore.; daughter, Melissa Strayer, of Seattle, Wash.; son, Eric Heoft, of Davis, Calif.; and four grandchildren.
At his request there will be no memorial service. Donations in his memory may be made to the Blue Mountain Community College Foundation, P.O. Box 100, Pendleton, Oregon, 07801 or to Ashland Community Hospital Foundation, P.O. 98, Ashland, Oregon 97520.
Arrangements under the direction of Litwiller Simonsen
Funeral Home, Ashland, Oregon.