Harold Raymond 'Hal' Halldorson

Long Beach resident, 76Harold Raymond "Hal" Halldorson, 76, of Long Beach, Wash., died Tuesday, March 11, 2003, in Long Beach.

Mr. Halldorson was born Oct. 7, 1926, in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Theodore and Beatrice Richards Halldorson.

As a toddler, Mr. Halldorson moved to Los Angeles. He graduated from San Bernardino (Calif.) High School where he was active in track and tennis. He served as a radio operator with the U.S. Army in the South Pacific. He was then a butcher for a short time before entering the building trade. In the late-1960s, he moved to Alaska, living in Petersburg and Soldotna. He retired to Long Beach in 1986.

He was active in the Petersburg Elks Lodge No. 1615 and was a past exalted ruler. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge, Masonic Lodge No. 23, Shrine and Scottish Rite in Petersburg, the American Legion in Ilwaco, Wash., and was a former member of the Long Beach Elks.

Family members say he fished virtually every day in Alaska before starting work at 7 a.m. He also enjoyed cribbage and was a member of the Cribbage Congress of America. He enjoyed solving crossword and jumble puzzles, playing the guitar, singing, and jazz and country music.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Arlene, of Long Beach; two sons and daughters-in-law, Harold and Heather Halldorson of Running Springs, Calif., and Raymond and Lisa Halldorson of Everett, Wash.; five stepchildren, Starr and Gene Swift and Greg, Genny and Glenn Olson; two sisters, June Perry and Barbara Leamaster, both of San Bernadino, Calif.; numerous grandchildren and extended family members.

A celebration of life is 11 a.m. Saturday at Penttila's Chapel by the Sea, Long Beach, followed by a reception.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ocean Beach Hospital Building Fund or the Long Beach Ambulance Service, in care of Penttila's Chapel by the Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631.

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