God reached down and took Hal to heaven on Dec. 31, 2018. He was at Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, Oregon, waiting for heart surgery. His wife of 26 years, Christine, was by his bedside holding his hand. He had no pain or suffering but was extremely tired. Hal believed in Jesus and knew he would be with him after he died. We just didn’t know that it would be now. I am comforted knowing I will see him again in heaven, he waits for me.
Hal was born in San Francisco and raised in Grover Beach with two brothers and a step-brother. He was an Army Veteran and served from 1959 to 1961. He was stationed in Korea when he received his draft notice. In 1993 he met Chris while bowling and they were married six weeks later.
Hal was very proud to be in law enforcement most of his life. His career started as a police officer in San Luis Obispo. Then he became a corrections officer and served at Tehachapi and Susanville State Prisons before transferring to Pelican Bay State Prison when it opened in 1989 in Crescent City, where he retired in 1999.
At the time of his death, he was an elder at Grace Lutheran Church in Crescent City. He was a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and a member of our Redwood Empire Modelers Association (REMA). He enjoyed building radio controlled airplanes from scratch and flying them. His biggest accomplishment was the one-third scale Sopwith Pup Biplane.
He had a love of animals, especially cats and kittens. Hal and Chris rescued and adopted many elderly cats and cats with disfigurements and handicaps that were least likely to get adopted and gave them a permanent home. This led them to establish For All Time Cat Haven (aka F.A.T. Cat Haven) in 2001, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. It has become a cat sanctuary, retirement home and adoption center for cats.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers. Hal was friendly, outgoing and made friends everywhere he went. He will be missed by many.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 188 E. Cooper Ave., Crescent City. Anyone who knew him or worked with him is welcome.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 188 E. Cooper Ave., Crescent City; or to F.A.T. Cat Haven, 150 Genevieve Ln., Crescent City.
— Submitted by family