CARMEL?VALLEY, CA – Milton Edwin Hardisty passed away peacefully on November 30, 2013 in Salinas, CA; he was 89 years old.|
He was preceded in death by his father, Albert; his mother, Ella; and his brothers, Al and Quentin.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Ruth Pryer Hardisty; his son, David and daughters, Linda and Kelly. He also has several grandchildren and great-grandchildren
Milt was born in Chicago on September 11, 1924 to Albert and Ella Hardisty. He spent his early years in Chicago and upstate New York. He attended many Cubs' games at Wrigley Field with his brothers, mostly with his mother, who was a huge sports enthusiast. He loved to tell the story of his first job making butter for the Land-o-Lakes Company. Milt was very interested in foundry work, but his real hope was to become a lawyer. He graduated from Lane Tech High School in Chicago and was prepared to go to law school when he was drafted into the Navy in 1943.
Milt was stationed in Monterey until 1946, where he attained the rank of Torpedoman's Mate third class. He fell in love with the Monterey area and decided to spend the rest of his life here. He joined Coast Counties Land and Title Company and had positions of increasing responsibility over 40 years, culminating in Vice President, Public Relations at Safeco Title. With his office in downtown Monterey, Milt could be found at Chong's Restaurant most weekdays at lunchtime.
An avid golfer and sports fan, Milt volunteered for many years on the courses at the Crosby and AT&T Pro-Am golf tournaments where he was delighted to be able to rub shoulders with famous golf pros. Milt was a member of the Monterey Elks Club, Los Pobres of Carmel Valley and St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church. He was a Salvation Army bell ringer during the holiday season for many years and volunteered at the Thanksgiving dinner at the Carmel Valley Community Center.
In 1980, Milt married Ruth and they lived in Carmel Valley. They enjoyed traveling around the world. Some memorable trips were to Europe and Central America. Milt loved to vacation on cruise ships and made trips to Alaska, the Panama Canal and several times to Mexico. He also loved camping in Big Sur and at Pinecrest Lake, swimming, gardening and working in his home woodshop. He loved Westerns, Big Band music, dancing, and listening to Giants' games on AM radio.
A memorial service will be held at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in Carmel Valley on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 1:00pm.
Memorial contributions are suggested to: Carmel Valley Community Youth Center General Fund, P.O. Box 124, Carmel Valley, CA 93924.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Dec. 6, 2013