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Trammell Winston Hobgood

Trammell Winston Hobgood, Jr., 66, died of cancer on June 22, 2014 in Vero Beach, Florida. Winston was born on August 19, 1947 to the late Trammell and Helen Beamer Hobgood of Calhoun, GA. He was a 1965 graduate of Calhoun High School. He earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of West Georgia before moving to Alaska and earning a B.S. in Zoology at the University of Alaska in 1975. He also lived in Europe for three years and took opportunities to travel the world during his life. Never shy of adventure, he began working for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game after graduation, often traveling the frozen wilderness by dog team for research and exploration. In 1984 he earned a Master in Wildlife Biology degree at the University of Alaska. His research focused on the feeding habits of red fox and he was named the recipient of the Spencer Linderman Award for outstanding graduate student. His education, exploration and working knowledge of animal diets – along with a special love for dogs and some racing of his own – led Winston to found Eureka! Raw Meat Pet Food in 1984 to optimize the health and performance of sled dogs. The company’s products continue to be used by the top Iditarod Race teams. After many years in Alaska, he farmed for a period of time in Gordon County near Resaca. Later, and until his illness overtook him, he worked as a biologist in Florida for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service South Florida Ecological Field Office in Vero Beach, concentrating on conservation planning in areas such as the Florida Keys and Everglades. Winston is survived by his daughter, Rhonda Lee Hobgood of Seattle, WA; son, Joel Winston Hobgood of Greenville, SC; and daughter, Olivia Marie Hobgood of Vero Beach, FL; Winston was preceded in death by his father, Trammell Hobgood, Sr. of Calhoun in 1958; his mother, Helen Beamer Hobgood of Calhoun in 1980; and his sister, Diane Hobgood Trammell of Rome, GA in 2014. You may leave the Winston family online condolences at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.com Thomas Funeral Home is making this announcement as a courtesy for family of Mr. Trammell Winston Hobgood.


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Miss you Winston!

Ulla Aspi Oct 15 2017 4:59 PM

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Ulla Aspi Oct 15 2017 4:57 PM

Winston - "tire la piedra y esconde la mano". You are an amazing person, colleague, and practical joker. It's always been a pleasure to know you, and hear your stories, and pure enjoyement of all that is good in the world. You are loved and missed! -Ingrid

Ingrid Aug 15 2014 8:10 AM

Miss you Winston!! We had so much fun cracking ourselves up together.

kristi yanchis Jul 28 2014 10:41 PM

I love you Winston!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.....It is an honor and pleasure to be your friend!!! Thank you for all the laughs, smiles, and comical conversations and of course, being their with love and support. You are missed! God speed on your future endeavors--give my mom a hug for me

delta Jul 28 2014 9:13 AM

Winston first inspired me to pursue the hiring of students at the USFWS...he joined me on one of my first visits to local colleges...he brought me to a wonderful Columbian restaurant, and he inspired me to grow Meyer lemons...I send great respect out to Winston and his family...

Sharon Kocis Jul 26 2014 2:17 AM

It was a pleasure knowing Winston. I worked with him in Vero and enjoyed our conversations spiced with his good sense of humor; he will be missed. Sincerely, Jack Culpepper

Jack Culpepper Jul 25 2014 6:13 PM

I have fond memories of my time working with Winston in south Florida. Many hours together driving to and from the Keys; talking about world politics over a Cuban coffee; discussing marketing of his dog food brand; his amazing sense of humor; and his practical approach to tough conservation problems. He was a rare individual and I will miss him. My sincere condolences.

Spencer Jul 25 2014 10:35 AM

Winston, you always made me laugh, you will be missed. John Wrublik, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

John Wrublik Jul 25 2014 9:57 AM

I am so sorry to hear this news. I enjoyed Winston very much. I had the pleasure of working with him for several years and will miss his spirit. We had the common interest of loving dogs. He had a good heart and good soul. It's a shame we won't see him again. I hope you find comfort in the fact that Winston was very well liked and well respected. I am happy I got to know such a great person.

Jane Tutton Jul 25 2014 9:39 AM