LONG BEACH - Long Beach resident Harold R. "Hal" Halldorson, 76, died March 11, 2003 in Long Beach.
The son of Theodore and Beatrice (Richards) Halldorson, he was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on Oct. 7, 1926. As a toddler he moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where he graduated from San Bernadino High School and was active in track and tennis.
Upon graduation he joined the U.S. Army and served as a radio operator in the South Pacific. Returning to California he worked for a short time as a butcher before entering the building trades. In the late 1960s he moved to Petersburg, Alaska where he lived 15 years and later moved to Soldotna, Alaska. Following retirement he moved to Long Beach in 1986.
Mr. Halldorson was active in the Petersburg Elks Lodge 1615 and was a Past Exhalted Ruler. He also was a member of the Moose Lodge, Masonic Lodge No. 23, Shrine and Scottish Rite in Petersburg, Alaska. He was active in the American Legion Post of Ilwaco and was a former member of Long Beach Elks 1937.
Mr. Halldorson lived life to the fullest. While living in Alaska, he fished virtually every day in the summer. Up by 2:30 a.m., limit by 6 a.m., at the job site by 7 a.m. He had an ongoing love of cribbage and was a member of the Cribbage Congress of America. He also enjoyed crossword and jumble puzzles. He played the guitar, sang and enjoyed jazz and country music.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Arlene, of Long Beach; sons and daughters-in-law Harold and Heather Halldorson of Running Springs, Calif., and Raymond and Lisa Halldorson of Everett; step-children Starr and Gene Swift and Greg, Genny and Glenn Olson; sisters June Perry and Barbara Leamaster both of San Bernardino, Calif.; numerous grandchildren and numerous other members of an extended family.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life on Saturday, May 3, 11 a.m., at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach. A reception follows at the chapel. Memorials may be made to the Ocean Beach Hospital Building Fund or Long Beach Ambulance Service in care of Penttila's Chapel, PO Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631.