Calvin Hultman
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Calvin Hultman

McKinney, TX

Calvin Hultman, 76, father, grandfather, husband, friend, former Iowa State Senate Majority Leader and business owner died October 19 near his home in Mckinney,Texas. Cal grew up in Stanton, Iowa and spent summers in Wyoming working as a ranch hand and later for the National Park Service.

Cal was elected to the Iowa State Senate in 1972, and for most of his 18-year-tenure served as Majority/Minority Leader. He founded Hultman Company, a political consulting firm. Cal was a member of Lutheran Church of Hope and was its first Congregational President. He was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous. Cal is survived by his wife, Mary; sons, Calvin II, Dan, and Chris; daughters-in-law, Emily and Victoria; and six grandchildren.

Services will be held at Lutheran Church of Hope, 925 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 28. Visitation will be there on Friday, October 27 from 5-7 p.m. The family has designated Lutheran Church of Hope for memorial contributions.

Published by the Des Moines Register on Oct. 22, 2017.
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I am very soory for your loss. I truly enjoyed working wth Cal on our neighborhood pond project. He was a delightful man to be around and always very helpful and kind. May the good Lord bless his soul.
David Weidenfeller
November 6, 2017
David Weidenfeller
November 6, 2017
I am truly sorry about the loss of your loved one. May the strength that God supplies carry you through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Deepest sympathies.

Isaiah 40:29
October 30, 2017
Mary, so sorry for your loss.
Robyn Wilkinson
October 27, 2017
I served six years with Cal in the Iowa Senate and always enjoyed his terrific sense of humor and his determination to achieve results. Cal had a great influence in history on events in the Iowa Senate having also helped elect many new legislators with his high energy campaigning.
Stephen Bisenius
October 27, 2017
Cal gave me my first opportunity to be a part of a real political campaign when I joined his team during his run for Iowa's-then 5th Congressional District in 1980. I served on the staff in his Ames office. While 1980 was the year of the Reagan Revolution, and Chuck Grassley defeated sitting Senator John Culver, the 5th C.D. did not go our way. Cal then gave me an opportunity to serve on the Iowa Senate Caucus Staff, which I did from late 1980 to mid-1985.
I will always remember him as a real professional; to me, he was always above-board and tried to do the right thing for the right reasons. He was never full of himself and he seemed always to be patient and willing to listen to anyone's (even the Democrats') side of an issue - I guess that is one of the reasons why he served so long as Senate Republican Leader. I think in many ways he was the Iowa Senate Leader - even in the years when the Republicans were in the minority - with apologies to Lowell Junkins.
Finally, I will also remember his wise counsel, his sense of humor, and his impish smile. Although we did not stay in regular contact after my wife, Jamie, and I moved to Northern Virginia in 1985, I thought about him often - and I will continue to do so - especially when reading about the legislative sessions in Richmond, Va. and Annapolis, Md.
Godspeed, Calvin Oscar.
With sympathy and condolences to Cal's family,
Peter and Jamie Coniglio of Fairfax, Va.
October 26, 2017
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