Saying goodbye to industry friend, Dr. Lynn Bagley

It is with profound sadness that we let you know of the passing of Dr. Lynn Bagley, on January 24, 2024.  He was well-known and admired throughout the turkey industry by all.

Lynn grew up in the turkey industry in Utah with his family who grew turkeys. He went on to earn a BS degree from Utah State University, MS degree from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. During his studies at University of Utah, he had an internship with Nicholas and hoped to someday work for the company, which he later did in 2000.

Lynn held many leading positions in the turkey industry.  He served as an R&D Director, Director of Hatcheries, and Director of Live Production with many organizations.  Lynn exceled in all these leading positions and was invited to speak at many industry seminars and technical schools. Lynn loved to do research with turkeys and for the last few years he was finishing out his career conducting turkey research for Tyson Foods before planning to retire September of this year.

Lynn was a world known, respected expert in fertility and hatchability of turkey eggs.  He traveled the world to share his expertise and knowledge.  We had the honor to have Lynn as a speaker and educator at the Aviagen Turkeys Hatchery Schools in 2019 and 2022 and the Breeder School in 2023. Lynn willingly gave of his time to join us at both of these events to share his knowledge and experience with the students and staff.  Following his talks at these Schools, multiple students commented that he had such valuable information and presented in such a relatable way that they could have listened to him all day. He always made himself available to work with the students one on one and answer any questions that would help them in their turkey industry careers.

Lynn enjoyed spending time with his wife Marilyn, who traveled with him often, and their five children. He was very active in his church and loved sports, especially football. Though Lynn kept very busy leading up to his retirement, he made time for being involved in his church and traveling to visit his children.

To Dr. Bagley we extend our deepest gratitude for his friendship, eagerness to teach and serve the turkey industry, and his profound knowledge that he so willingly shared. He touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

May Dr. Bagley rest in peace.

With our heartfelt condolences.