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Harold A. Moldstad (Hal) was born July 2, 1934 and raised in Mount Vernon, Washington.
Hal graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1952, where he was an outstanding football and tennis player. Often, he would drive the tennis team to practice in his Chevy convertible.
You could find Hal fishing for steelhead on the Skagit River or hunting ducks and geese in the farmlands before school.
Hal graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Architecture in 1956, became a member of the AIA, and went on to become a very successful architect.
In college he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity (the Fiji house) where he made lifelong friends. After college, Hal served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force at Amarillo, Texas. He had many memorable fly fishing trips to Canada, especially Lake HiHium, where he, his brother Kelley, and close friends enjoyed fishing, playing cards and telling stories. Hal made his own fly poles and tied his own flies. He was the cook on these trips and everything was always gourmet!
Hal moved to Bainbridge Island in 1962 shortly after married his first wife Sylvia. After briefly working for a small architectural firm in Bremerton, he started his own business. With this visionary talent and hard work, he became a well known architect. Hal lived on Bainbridge Island for over 20 years while raising his two sons Erik and Kirk. A true handyman, Hal built his own homes on Bainbridge Island, and later in Chelan and Wenatchee, showcasing his designing skills.
Hal lived the last 20 plus years of his life in East Wenatchee with his current wife, Donna. It was there that he finished some of his biggest architectural projects and gradually retired. He and Donna enjoyed traveling together, painting, and decorating their home. Hal was an accomplished painter, both in oils and water colors, and displayed his Art from Bainbridge Island to Sun Valley, Idaho, and recently had a large showing in Wenatchee for family and friends.
If there is a word to describe Hal's life, it would be "gourmet". If something was to be done, it was to be done right. When it came to his work, Hal designed homes that became renowned for their high quality and groundbreaking creativity. When there was food to cook, it was to be done "gourmet". Everything he ever purchased was "gourmet".
Throughout his life, Hal was generous to everyone he met.
Hal passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, June 5th in his East Wenatchee home, less than a month before his 79th birthday.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Liz and Bill Moldstad of Mount Vernon.
He is survived by his loving wife, Donna; his son Erik and wife Terri and grandsons Kirk and Derek of Seattle; son Kirk,and his stepchildren Brock and Jesse Neff of Pittsburgh, PA; his brother Kelley and wife Karen of Mount Vernon, and his brother Nels and wife Marlene of Mukilteo, and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Wednesday, June 12 at 1:00 at Telford's Chapel of the Valley, 711 Grant Road, East Wenatchee.
Telford's Chapel Of The Valley
711 Grant Rd
East Wenatchee, WA 98802
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on June 9, 2013