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1927 ~ 2013
Hal Mendenhall Clyde died from an intracranial hemorrhage on January 24, 2013.
Hal was born on his family's farm in Springville, Utah, February 13, 1927, to Edward Clyde and Hannah Mendenhall Clyde, the same year W.W. Clyde & Company was organized by his uncle, Wilford, and his father, Ed, to do heavy construction. Hal began his career with W.W. Clyde & Company in 1943, unloading cement bags from rail cars at Hill Air Force Base.
Hal attended Springville High School, where he was a scholar and an athlete, graduating in 1944. He joined the Navy and was honorably discharged with the rate of Petty Officer and Quartermaster rating. He married Lesley Aileen Hales Clyde September 2, 1947, in the Salt Lake Temple, and they recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary at the Springville Museum of Art with their three sons and their wives, 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Hal graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Utah in 1950, and pursued his career managing diverse construction projects for the Company all over the West for more than 40 years. Among the most memorable were the two award winning structural steel arch bridges on Highway 95 over the Colorado River and the Dirty Devil River between Hanksville and Blanding above Hite, Utah. The settings were unique and preceded Lake Powell. These bridges and the subsequent highway opened the otherwise inaccessible terrain to travelers. The adventures and recollections of those years became an integral part of family folklore.
Following his retirement, Hal served as a Commissioner for the Utah Department of Transportation for 12 years.
Hal served as chairman of the Civil Engineering Advisory Board for the University of Utah when the department was challenged with internal conflict and even outside attempts to eliminate civil engineering in the College of Engineering. The advisory group prevailed and today the department is thriving. In 2011 Hal was named Distinguished Alumni of the College of Engineering.
Community service was significant and various in Hal's life. In his home town, he was president of the Springville Art Museum board and chair of the Library board. He was president of the Associated General Contractors of Utah; He served on a committee to plan, finance and construct the Matheson Court House in Salt Lake City and received an Amicus Curiae (friend of the court) award from the Utah Judicial Council. He has served the LDS church in Springville and as bishop of two BYU wards in Provo.
Hal is survived by his wife, Aileen, of Springville, and his sons and their wives, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Hal Michael Clyde and Sharona Wolff of Menlo Park, California, Emily Ellen Clyde Curtis and Nathaniel Curtis and their children, Asher, Luke and Emmeline of Phoenix, Arizona; Sarah Lesley Clyde, Phoenix, Arizona; Rachel June Clyde Jones and Corey Jones and their children, Evan, Cora and Jasper of Flagstaff, Arizona; David Michael Clyde and Jessica Clyde, Provo, Utah; Thomas Peterson Clyde, Provo, Utah; and Sylvie Chandra, Tempe, Arizona.
Kevin Edward Clyde and Rhonda Gotway Clyde of Moab, Utah, Patrick Ben Clyde and Meghann Madden Clyde and their children Simon and Amelia of Burtonsville, Maryland; Matisse Aileen Clyde Madden and Jared Madden, and their son Rockwell of Windsor, Connecticut; Kevin Chase Clyde of Salt Lake City, Utah; Daniel Scott Clyde of Salt Lake City, Utah; and Mango of Moab, Utah.
Jon Courtney Clyde and Kathryn Ann Nielson Clyde of Spokane, Washington, and their daughters Hannah Rebecca Clyde of Provo, Utah, and Elissa Mackenzie Clyde of Logan, Utah.
Hal is also survived by his brother Norman. He also has two sisters, Pauline and Martha, and three other brothers, Grant, Calvin and Roger, who are deceased.
There will be a viewing at the Wheeler Mortuary, 211 East 200 South, Springville, on Wednesday evening, January 30, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. and funeral services will be at the Springville Stake Center, 245 South 600 East, Thursday, January 31, 2013, with visiting between 10-10.45 a.m. and the service at 11 a.m.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Jan. 29 to Feb. 3, 2013
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"Aunt Aileen, Michael, Kevin, and Courtney. I'm so sorry to hear of Uncle Hal's death. Memories of..."
- Loretta Buckley
"Hal was a great friend and mentor to me during the many years we worked together on the transportation..."
- John Njord
"To Aileen and all your family. We were sorry to hear of Hal's death. He was a great force in our..."
"Aileen, Mike, Kevin and Courtney Words can't express what's felt at a time like this. I had such a..."
- Claudia Talbot
"Michael, I was sorry to read of your Fathers passing. What a great life he lived. So many..."
- Sherm Sowby
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