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Earl A. McHardy passed away in Logan, Utah on Jan. 14, 2011. He was 78 years old.
Earl was born in Red Wing, Minn. on July 1, 1932 to Arthur and Viola McHardy.
Earl graduated from Utah State Agricultural College with a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial technology. He later completed his master’s degree in education at the University of Alaska Southeast. During his studies he enrolled in ROTC and was commissioned in the Air Force becoming an instructor pilot. Before he joined the Air Force, he also served in the Army. During this time he discovered his love of teaching and helping others. He went on to retire from teaching in 1987.
He was able to live all over the country in places as far off as Alaska and Guam. During his industrial arts classes he taught his students to be practical and build useful things. One year they built a 16-foot travel trailer with all the comforts of home. During another project they built an airplane from blueprints. After he retired, former students in Juneau often stopped him during visits to let him know what a difference he made in their education.
He loved hiking and camping. Earl served as a leader in the Boy Scouts. One of his fondest memories was working with students doing trail maintenance in Juneau. He was very proud to have hiked the Chilkoot Trail for 33 miles from Alaska to Canada with his son Jim. One of his favorite routes was the Alaska-Canadian Highway that he completed more than 20 times.
After he and Muriel retired, they used their free time to travel. Their journeys took them to almost every continent, including a cruise to Antarctica. They divided their time between summers in Logan and their winter residence in Phoenix. After spending more than 20 years in Alaska he referred to himself as an Alaskan and considered it home.
His family wrote “Earl always put the needs of his family first and considered his four boys the most important thing in his life. He said he wanted to be remembered as a great father and a teacher who cared.”
He is preceded in death by his sons Bruce and Arthur “Jim.” He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Muriel of Phoenix; his son Robert McHardy and wife Corina of Evergreen, Colo.; his granddaughter Heidi McHardy of Phoenix; his son Richard McHardy and wife Anyelina and their children Esmerlin and Crileivi of Logan; and his sister June Murray of Aurora, Colo.
A celebration of his life is planned in Logan on July 1, 2011.
His family may be contacted at: McHardy Family, 556 North 300 East, Logan, UT 84321.