In Memory

Allan Nation

Allan Nation

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11/08/16 10:29 PM #1    

Robert Wylie

Hoyt Allan Nation

Hoyt Allan Nation, 69, of Purvis, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away Thursday, November 3, 2016, in Wimberly Texas, engaged in his favorite activity riding live steam trains. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:00 am November 10, 2016 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, preceded by visitation at 10:00 am.

Mr. Nation was born in Auburn, Alabama, grew up in Greenville, Mississippi, and moved to Hattiesburg where he attended the University of Southern Mississippi and graduated with a B.A. degree in Mass Communications. He worked as Art Director at WDAM-TV before taking a position with an ad agency in Meridian and later Jackson. He worked on the campaign for Gil Carmichael for governor and the Walter Peyton Heisman campaign.

In 1977 he became co-owner, editor and publisher of The Stockman Grass Farmer based in Ridgeland, Mississippi, an international magazine focusing on management-intensive grassland enterprises for producers of 100% pasture-raised livestock. He traveled to some 30 countries studying and photographing grassland farming systems. In 1987, he authored a section on Management-intensive Grazing in the USDA Yearbook of Agriculture and served as a consultant and resource for Audubon Society Television Specials, National Geographic, WTBS, PBS, and National Public Radio. He received the 1993 Agricultural Conservation Award from the American Farmland Trust for spearheading the drive behind the grass farming revolution in the United States. 

Mr. Nation was a featured speaker at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Forage and Grasslands Conference (twice), the International Ranching for Profit Conference (twice), the Irish Grasslands Conference, the British Large Herds Conference, the New Zealand Large Herds Conference, the British Grasslands Conference, the Mexican Cattlemen's Association, and the Argentine Agronomy Society. He also delivered the closing remarks at the International Grasslands Conference in Saskatoon, Canada.

He authored 10 books on pasture-based livestock and artisan meats and milk products including The Moving Feast, A cultural history of heritage foods in southeast Mississippi.

In 2010 he was inducted into the Mass Communications and Journalism Hall of Fame at the University of Southern Mississippi. He was an active member of St. Thomas Catholic Church, an enthusiastic supporter of USM Baseball, Football and Basketball. 

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Stromeyer Nation of Purvis, daughters Tiffany Moreira of Ridgeland, MS, and Summerlyn Nation of Gluckstadt, MS, six grandchildren, Christian, Noah, and Addison Hughes of Madison, Ella, Phoebe and Jack Coulter of Gluckstadt, and step-grandchildren Justin and Michael Moreira of Ridgeland.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Nation International Scholarship or Athletics Baseball at the University of Southern Mississippi, St. Fabian Catholic Church Building Fund or St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. 

Published in the Hattiesburg American on Nov. 9, 2016

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11/08/16 10:45 PM #2    

Robert Wylie

Rest now in Peace, my old friend. Just a reminder: You still owe me and my grandkids a ride on your backyard Choo Choo. I will never forget you, and maybe, just maybe when I get to heaven, you will give that ride.


                   Allan, Rest in the Lord and in His everlasting Peace....


                                                    Until we meet again...                                  



11/09/16 03:34 PM #3    

Jamie Kinman

I had lost contact with Allan, sorry to hear of his death. My prayers are with the family in these days of loss.

I remember Allan as intense in planning and reaching his goals. I am proud to have known him and to know of his achivements. He did the Class of 1965 PROUD!!

James Kinman

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