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David L. Hardy

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David L. Hardy, 52, an entrepreneur who helped pioneer organic recycling in California, passed away on June 25, 2008, at City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, California. In 1997, Mr. Hardy was diagnosed with leukemia. After receiving treatment intermittently for ten years, Mr. Hardy underwent a stem cell transplant in January 2007, and passed away as a result of complications of the treatment.

A lifelong Californian, Mr. Hardy was born in Pasadena and was raised in Claremont. He graduated from the California State University, Chico, in 1979 and received a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University in 1986.

Mr. Hardy was an accomplished athlete, captaining the Chico State Universtiy Men's Soccer team in his Junior and Senior years. The 1977 team advanced to the NCAA Division I tournament finals. After college, Mr. Hardy played semi-pro soccer in the Bay Area. He was inducted into the Chico State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.

Mr. Hardy began his business career with Honeywell Corporation and later Wang Laboratories. In 1990, Mr. Hardy joined his brother, Michael in founding California Bio-Mass, Inc., which pioneered large-scale organic recycling in California.

Mr. Hardy was an early advocate of expanding organic recycling to reduce pressure on California landfills. After joining the Board of the California Resource Recovery Association in 1994, he served as president of the organization for several years.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Vicki Hardy, of Claremont; his daughter, Jenna, and son, Garrett, also of Claremont; his father, James Hardy of Laguna Beach; his brother, Michael Hardy, of San Bernardino; and his sister, Vanessa Hofmann, of Rancho Cucamonga.

Memorial Services were held on July 1st and 2nd in Claremont.

Donations in his memory may be sent to City of Hope, c/o Dr. Stephen Forman, Hematology Department, 1500 East Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91010 or to Chico State University, Men's Soccer Program, David Hardy Scholarship, 400 W. 1st Street, Chico, CA 95929.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on July 13, 2008
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