Earl A. McHardy passed away in Logan, UT on January 14, 2011. He was 78 years old.
Earl was born in Red Wing, MN on July 1, 1932 to Arthur and Viola McHardy. His family ran the Bay City Sand Mine in Bay City, WI.
After graduating from Red Wing High School in 1949, Earl left for Logan, UT to go to college. He fell in love with Cache Valley, meeting his wife Muriel of 57 years, while ice skating in Logan. Earl graduated from Utah State Agricultural College with a B.S. in Industrial Technology. He later completed his Masters 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.
Earl enjoyed traveling and being on the move. He was able to live all over the country enjoying distant places such as Guam and Alaska. 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 drives was the ALCAN Highway that he completed over 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 twenty years in Alaska he referred to himself as an Alaskan and considered it home.
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 Muriel of Phoenix, AZ; his son Robert McHardy and wife Corina of Evergreen, CO; his granddaughter Heidi McHardy of Phoenix, AZ; his son Richard McHardy and wife Anyelina and their children Esmerlin and Crileivi of Logan, UT; his sister June Murray of Aurora, CO.
A celebration of his life is planned in Logan on July 1, 2011.