Halroyd G. Simmons, 88, died on Sunday, August 8, 2004 on Vashon Island, Washington.

He was born in American Fork, Utah in 1916, and moved to Cameron, Montana in 1935 with his parents and two siblings. He attended Montana State college, graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Hal and Helen Althouse were married in Bozeman in 1940.

He served in the Navy during WWII and worked as an engineer until his retirement to a ranch in Richland, in 1979.

While working as a plant engineer for the Asarco copper smelter in Hayden, Arizona, Hal was elected Mayor and during his tenure, Hayden was selected as an All-American city. In Hayden, Helen and Hal worked to improve educational and social access for the local Hispanic population.

Hal loved the outdoors and lived an adventurous life filled with river running and camping trips. He loved Boy Scouting and was honored after decades of scouting service with the Silver Beaver Award.

Hal had talents in many areas, including ceramics, wood and metal working and painting; he also played a passable harmonica and guitar.

He is survived by his sister, Ann Rankin, his wife Helen, their four children, David, Halli, Evan and Ann, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the cemetery in Ennis, Montana in early October.

Hal’s wife Helen may be contacted at 10421 S.W. Bank Road, No. 19, Vashon, WA, 98070. Tel. 206-463-0988.

Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City,Oregon, September, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor