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HAROLD FREDERICK "HAL" BLUM Jr.


1929 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
HAROLD FREDERICK "HAL" BLUM Jr. Obituary
Blum, Harold Frederick "Hal", Jr., passed away peacefully at home in Fullerton, California on April 7, 2014, with his wife Jeanne at his side. Hal was born in Oak Park, Illinois May 3, 1929 to Harold Frederick Blum and Alice O'Connor Blum.

Hal graduated from Northwestern University in 1951, and joined the U.S. Air Force, where he was a fighter pilot. He met the girl of his dreams, Jeanne, whom he married in 1955.

After leaving the Air Force, Hal joined Nalco Chemical Company, eventually becoming a district manager for the Los Angeles region. In 1984 Hal went to Japan, where he set up a wholly owned subsidiary of Nalco in Tokyo. Upon returning to Fullerton, Hal became active in SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives. He volunteered his service at SCORE for 15 years. He also had time to renew his interest in sailing…including becoming an active member of the Orange Coast College sailing program, culminating in journeys aboard the Alaska Eagle to Hawaii, Alaska, and Mexico. Hal was an active member of the Democrats of Northern Orange County, and served locally as treasurer and advisor for numerous local election campaigns.

Hal is survived by Jeanne, his wife of 59 years, and their five children: Michael (Tracy), Stephan, Caryn Wermager (Joe), Kathleen Van Dusen (Keith), and Timothy (Maria), his sisters Marion Burnham and Barbara Owen, and a brother, Richard Blum. He was a favored uncle of many nieces and nephews, and was the beloved grandfather of August, Kali, Jack, Ana, Livia, Lux, Lucina, and Cassiel, each of whom will carry his love in their hearts forever.

A celebration of his life will be held on May 4th from 2:00 to 5:00pm at the Blum residence.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to: National Parkinson Foundation Orange County, CA, 16520 Bake Parkway, Suite 120, Irvine, CA 92618.


Published in Orange County Register on May 1, 2014
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