Robert William Haggerty Jr. DDS passed away at his home on Friday, June 23, 2023; one day before his 71st birthday. He is survived by his wife of 46 years Donna; his children Lauren Gayer (husband Jonathan Gayer), Kelsey Goeke (partner Mike Turner), Brett Haggerty (wife Natalie Mills),and Dylan Haggerty (wife Stephanie Haggerty); and grandchildren Mackenna and Preston Gayer whom he adored.
Bob was a New Mexico native born in Albuquerque. He graduated from Highland High School and UNM. He only left NM for 4 years when he lived in Kansas City where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City in 1980. He returned to NM and established his private practice for dentistry and has been seeing his patients for 41 years, the last couple years unable to be in the office due to back pain/ health issues. His son Brett Haggerty DDS continues his legacy of kind and caring professionalism at Haggerty Dental, still in the original location that Bob built in 1986.
Bob was first and foremost a family man. He was very involved in the various activities that his 4 children participated in and volunteered through supportive roles from coaching to cheering. You name it...he was there to help. He felt so lucky and blessed to have such kind, dependable, successful, loving children. He was extremely proud of each, for their individual talents and interests. He loved being around them as much as possible.
He loved family vacations to fun destinations (Disney multiple times-he was a kid at heart) and family trips to the lake for camping, boating, and s'mores were regular events. He was a gifted athlete and good at almost anything he tried. He played high school baseball and was a lifelong fan of all sports. He continued to cheer on his Lobos, KC Royals, and Houston Astros-and coached from the sidelines or couch! He was meticulous at his regular yard work, keeping his home and office landscaping beautiful and tidy, and always drove a clean and detailed vehicle.
He was appreciative of his wonderful friends, neighbors, and patients that became life-long friends, and he loved chatting and catching up with all frequently.
A private family gathering was held where sweet memories were exchanged to honor and celebrate his life. No further formal service will be held, as per his wishes. If you are so moved, in lieu of flowers please consider a donation to your favorite charity. To leave a condolence message our online guestbook for Bob is at www.FrenchFunerals.com