Dayton O. Hyde is a cowboy Renaissance man.
He's an award-winning author whose books, such as “One Summer in Montana," reflect his passion for the American West and its wildlife. Last year, Hyde, 88, published his first book of cowboy poetry, “Alone in the Forest.”
For years, Hyde also operated a successful cattle ranch in Oregon that once belonged to his uncle. It's where he and his wife raised five children.
A tireless conservationist, Hyde rejuvenated a lake near the ranch and saved the sandhill crane from extinction. His book “Don Coyote” chronicled his efforts to protect coyotes that were being poisoned by his neighbors.