TEMECULA, Calif. – David Fredrick Hagen, M.D., 68, of Temecula, Calif., passed away of cancer at his home on May 4, 2012. David was born Dec. 20, 1943, in Missoula to Harold and Willie May Hagen. He was raised on the family farm north of Stevensville, now part of the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge.
A graduate of Stevensville High School in 1961, David was class valedictorian and active in sports and student government. He attended Montana State University in Bozeman, graduating with honors in pre-med in 1965. He was very active on campus, serving several years as class president, a member of a several honor societies and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.
He then attended University of Oregon Medical School in Portland, receiving his M.D. degree in 1968. Dr. Hagen completed his internship at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn., and his residency in obstetrics/gynecology at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, a teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School.
After medical school, he served in the United States Army as a medical officer at the obstetrics/gynecology department at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Upon completing his military service, Dr Hagen was in private practice in Brookline, Mass., from 1976 to 2006. During this time he also served on the staffs of both the Beth Israel Hospital and on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.
In 2006 Dr. Hagen and his wife, Dale, moved to Brawley, Calif., where he continued practicing medicine at Pioneer Memorial Hospital until his retirement and move to Temecula in 2011.
David is survived by his wife Dale of Temecula; son Matthew of Rochester, N.Y.; daughter Cate Masterson (Mike) of Boston; sister Helen Sloan (Dave) of Morgan Hill, Calif.; brother Douglas (Dee) of Great Falls; three grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and former wife, Diane Chappel Hagen.
He enjoyed his family, was an avid golfer and an enthusiastic fan of the Boston Celtics. As a Montana State University booster, he returned to Bozeman each fall for MSU’s homecoming. During his career, he was proud to have welcomed into this world more than 7,000 babies. Dr. Hagen was highly regarded by his medical peers, loved and respected by his patients and friends. He will be missed by all.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 13, at Riverside Cemetery just south of Stevensville followed by a reception at the Stevensville Methodist Church. Whitesitt Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Hospice of the Valleys, 25240 Hancock Ave., Suite 120, Murrieta, CA 92562.
Condolences and memories may be left for the family at www.whitesittfuneralhome.com.