||Friday, June 24, 2005
Harold M. "Tom" Hull
WHITNEY -- Harold M. "Tom" Hull, 92, returned to his
Heavenly Father on Tuesday, June 21, 2005, at the Heritage Home in Preston.
was born Jan. 19, 1913, in Whitney, the second child of eight children
born to Alvin "A.C." and Ella Maughan Hull. He acquired the nickname of
"Tom" because of his fascination with horses and the cowboy movie star,
Tom Mix. He grew up in a wonderful family where the value of hard work
and education were instilled at a young age. Laughter and fun were part
of the Hull family life.
married Ann Kirk on Aug. 29, 1940, in Ogden, and they were later sealed
in the Logan LDS Temple. They were the parents of four children and
have 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Tom overcame many
obstacles in life with dignity and faith. At the age of 23, he was shot
in a hunting accident. Because of his mother's faith and his friend,
Dr. Alan Cutler, the arm was saved and did not require amputation. With
much determination, he overcame his handicap to the point that many did
not recognize his inabilities.
was known to have a sharp mind, skipping a grade in grade school and
graduating from Preston High Academy where he excelled in scholastics
and sports. He was a state champion javelin thrower. He went on to
attend Utah Agricultural College (USU) in Logan. His education was cut
short when his help was needed at the family farm in Whitney. He and
his brother (Robert "Tuff" Hull) operated the family farm until he
retired at the age of 78.
was important to the Hull family. Tom and his brothers were Eagle
Scouts. He encouraged his grandsons to also obtain that notable rank.
He was honored and proud to be in one of President Ezra Taft Benson's
first Scouting groups. Tom held many church positions such as elder's
quorum president and high priest group leader, but the calling he most
valued was that of a teacher. His thirst for knowledge of the gospel
began as a teacher and continued until the time of his death. He
continued studying the gospel even after being diagnosed with macular
degeneration (at the age of 76). He spent many sightless years
increasing his knowledge by listening to tapes.
will be remembered for his easygoing nature, faith and generosity. His
great example serves as a beacon of light for his family.
was preceded in death by his wife, Ann, in January of 2000; by his
parents; brothers, Alvin C., Keith, Robert, Dean and Russell; and a
sister, Lorna (Arthur) McPherson. He is survived by his children,
Judith Kay Orme of Leesburg, Va., Mary Ann (Michael) Jepsen of Mink
Creek, Kirk Dean "Butch" (Barbara) Hull of Hyde Park and Karla Jean
(Wesley) Roundy of Cache Junction; and by a sister, Ella (Bill)
Farnsworth of Phoenix, Ariz.
family would like to extend our thanks to the Heritage Home in Preston.
Words cannot express our gratitude for the loving and devoted care they
bestowed upon our father. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
the LDS Church Missionary Fund.
services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, in the Whitney
1st Ward chapel with Bishop Michael Stenberg conducting. Friends may
call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Webb Funeral Home, 109 E. Oneida in
Preston, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the church.
Interment will be in the Whitney Cemetery.
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