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Walter Andy Hazen II, 77, passed away on November 14, 2012, at the Bailey Family Center for Caring. Walt, the son of the late Isabel Brewton Hazen and Norman Learoy Hazen, was born on November 27, 1934, in Pensacola, FL. He attended public schools in the community of Bellview in Escambia County and was the grandson of the early settlers of that community. After graduating from Tate High School, Walt attended Pensacola State College, but interrupted his college career to serve as an MP in the US Army. He then returned to college and earned a bachelors degree from Troy State University. After college, Walt taught history and served as the chairman of the social studies department at Escambia High School in Pensacola. In 1970 he married Martha, a fellow Escambia High teacher. During his career at Escambia High School, he developed spasmodic dysphonia, which impaired his speech. Because of that, he made a career change, returned to school, and studied deaf education at the University of Tennessee. After earning his masters degree at UT, he and Martha moved to St. Augustine where he taught at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind for the next twenty years.
In 1993, Walt retired from teaching and embarked on another career change and wrote for the educational market for nearly fifteen years. He authored more than 60 books and projects for various publishers including Goodyear, Milliken, McDonald, Evan-Moore and McDougal-Littell. Currently, he is one of Social Studies School Services' featured writers. Additionally, he is the author of Scrambled Verse from History, a humorous look at history written in rhyme.
Walt was an avid Gator fan and enjoyed attending UF basketball games for many years.
Preceding him in death are his parents; his sisters, Winnifred Hazen Stephens and Betty Hazen Brown; and his twin brother, Walton Learoy Hazen.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Jean Jordan Hazen; his children, Jordan Norman Hazen of St. Augustine and Allison Jean Hazen of Washington, DC. Also surviving are his sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Marsena and Rodney Smith and Frederica Greer, as well as nieces and nephews, Bobette Lamb, Barbara Stephens, Angela Greer, Michael Smith, David Hilgendorf, Norman Hazen, Lisa Hazen, and Joey Hazen.
A memorial service for Walt will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Monday, November 19 at 4:00 with Dr. Pat Turner-Sharpton officiating. A reception will be held in the church hall following the service. Flowers are gratefully declined but those wishing may make contributions to the Bailey Family Center for Caring.
Walt was a loving husband and father who will be missed.
Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park is in charge of the arrangements.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Nov. 18, 2012