Aubrey Wayland Heatley

January 2, 1931 - August 17, 2019
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Aubrey “Wayland” Heatley

January 2, 1931-August 17, 2019


Heatley, Aubrey Wayland 88 of Marana Arizona passed away at home on August 17, 2019.  He is survived by his wife of 61 years Elaine.

Wayland served in the US Army from 1953-1955.  He Earned his Bachelors Degree from Oklahoma State University in 1959.

Although Wayland would always be considered an “Oakie Native” he moved to Tucson in 1959 where he worked as a surveyor.  In 1966 he moved to Marana where he would make his home and pursue the horse business.

Wayland Heatley was a man who knew hard work in bad weather; his hands were work worn, but his eyes would always catch fire and come to life with energy when he talked about training horses – training them well that is.  He was hard working, passionate, witty and sometimes a little too direct.  Wayland was passionate about every aspect of the horse industry from breeding to training, cutting to roping and teaching those who would seek additional knowledge.  He loved all animals and the serene of the Arizona desert.  Wayland dedicated the last few years focusing on his faith and beliefs.

Memorial Service will by held Thursday, August 29 at 1:00pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Lon Adams Road in Marana, Arizona.

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum.

Please send checks to: 2021 N Kinney Rd. Tucson, AZ 85743

Memo: In Memory of Wayland Heatley

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Born: January 2, 1931
Died: August 17, 2019

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Wanda Wong posted on 8/31/19

Mrs. Heatley, you were my fifth grade teacher at Blenman Elementary during the mid-1960s. Not only were you a wonderful role model, you also introduced me to Australian Sheep Dogs, of which my family raised and enjoyed several over the years. I have thought of you often over the decades and always fondly recalled your Western style. I am in my tenth year of retirement from health care and managing public health programs in Tucson, so you did a good job with me. I am so sorry to learn of the loss so your husband and extend my deepest condolences to you and your family. Regards, Wanda


Teri Murphy posted on 8/23/19

wayland you were one of a kind!! I will miss your sense of humor, your guidance with my Horses and that smile. I am forever grateful for the opportunity of owning several amazing horses because of you and Elaine!!! Rope some on Woody for me Elaine - I love you dearly and we are all here for you!!!