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Julian "Stretch" Hultgren

Julian, who was often called Stretch, by family and friends, was born on March 22, 1928 to Ellen and Carl Hultgren in Eugene, Oregon and died on November 26, 2017, in San Francisco.
He was a graduate of University High School on the University of Oregon campus and joined the Marine Corps in 1946. After completing two years of service, he returned to Eugene and was graduated in 1952 from the U of O where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. Julian moved to San Francisco and received his J.D. degree from Hastings College of Law and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1959. He was an attorney in San Francisco and retired in 1992 from the City Attorney's office where he was a Deputy City Attorney specializing in real property issues. During his retirement, he volunteered at the Saturday Legal Advice and Referral Clinics sponsored by the Bar Association of San Francisco and from 1996-2014, he was a community member of the Presidio Restoration and Advisory Board. In 1997-98, he served on the Grand Jury for the City and County of San Francisco.
His wife and good friend of 60 years, Patricia Gildea Hultgren, survives him as well as their three children: Carrie of Redwood City, David (Jenn) of Menlo Park, and Charlie (Katie) of San Carlos. He was an enthusiastic and devoted "Grandpa Stretch" to Paul Julian, Natalie Bridget, William Daniel and Elizabeth Caroline Hultgren. He is also survived by his brother, Clancy (Carolyn) of Lovelock, Nevada, and many nieces and nephews.
Stretch loved hiking, especially in the high country of Yosemite, working on his home in the Richmond district (affectionally nicknamed Moose Lodge) and keeping up with the Pac-12 football games, rooting for both the Oregon Ducks and the Cal Bears. His neighbors and neighborhood were an important part of his life. In the early 70's, he joined with neighbors to down-zone a six-block area to prevent multi-story apartments from changing the family character of the neighborhood. With many of these same neighbors, he participated in regular political discussions about city and state propositions. He loved music, from country to classical, and with his wife, Pat, held season tickets to the San Francisco Symphony, Bay Area theatres and Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
The San Francisco Columbarium is in charge of arrangements. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. His favorite charities included Southern Poverty Law Center, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Yosemite Conservancy.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 17, 2017
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