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Hurst, William



William (Bill) Daly Hurst passed away on September 29, 2016, just six days shy of his 101st birthday, at Legacy House in South Jordan, Utah.

Bill was born October 5, 1915, in Parowan, Utah, the oldest child of William M. Hurst and Katie May Daly. He was raised in Panguitch, Utah, and graduated as student body president and co-valedictorian of his class at Garfield County High School in 1934. He attended Utah State Agricultural College and graduated with a B.S. in Forestry and Range Management in 1938. During the summer of 1937, he worked for the United States Forest Service as an Administrative Guard in the Stansbury Mountains near Grantsville, Utah. After graduation, he took a permanent assignment with the Forest Service in the same location, becoming a third-generation forester in Utah, after his father and grandfather. In Grantsville, he met his sweetheart, Emma (Dolly) Johanson. They were engaged in 1940 and married March 19, 1941. The marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake City Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in August 1954. Bill and Dolly were married for 41 years, until her passing in March 1982, and together they were the devoted parents of five children. Bill married Elizabeth Colbert in 1985; though they were later divorced, she remained a lifelong friend.

Bill served in the United States Army during World War II, training for the invasion of Japan and then spending one year in Japan as part of the occupation forces in 1946. He continued his service in the U.S. Army Reserves, obtaining the rank of first lieutenant.

After the Army, Bill continued his work with the Forest Service for 39 years, serving in posts in Ogden, Manilla, Logan, and Vernal, Utah, Washington D.C., and Albuquerque, New Mexico. He retired in May 1976 as the Regional Forester of the Southwest Region in Albuquerque. After his retirement, he remained active in environmental and conservation issues for the U.S. Forest Service, including the preservation of the Kaibab squirrel through the creation of the Friends of the Kaibab Squirrel organization. Bill continued to live in Albuquerque from his retirement until 2007, providing idyllic summers for his grandchildren, full of swimming and horseback riding, at his home in Bosque Farms.

Bill was a charter member and past president of the Society for Range Management. He was also a member of the Lion's Club, Rotary, the Society of American Foresters, and the Wilderness Trail Riders of Prineville, Oregon. He was active in Scouting and was awarded the Silver Beaver for distinguished service. Bill was also the grateful recipient of Rotary's Paul Harris Fellow award, the Jim Bridger Award for conservation achievement and Lifetime Achievement Award from Utah State University, as well as the 2004 Frederic G. Renner Award from the Society of Range Management. He traveled extensively throughout his life within the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, in addition to China, Panama, Russia, and the U.K., but he was happiest riding his horse or mule through the wilderness areas of New Mexico and Utah.

Bill is preceded in death by wife, Dolly, and sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Ralph Tingey. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Katherine and Vermon Barney of Panguitch, Utah, his five children and their spouses, Bill (Sandy) Hurst of Bend, Oregon, Kathleen (Dean) Hughes of Midway, Utah, Linda (Bryant) Nelson of Waco, Texas, Helen (Tom) McKay of Edmond, Oklahoma, and Carl (Gaye) Hurst of South Jordan, Utah, nineteen grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., at Tate Mortuary in Tooele, Utah, with interment following at Grantsville City Cemetery. No viewing will be held, per Bill's request.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Cottages at Legacy House and IHC Hospice for their loving care during the last years and days of Bill's life. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to your local Meals on Wheels, with which Bill was actively affiliated during his retirement years, Macular Degeneration Research, or the National Museum of Forest Service History.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Oct. 6, 2016
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