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Harold (Hal) Anderson

Harold (Hal) Anderson

Harold (Hal) Harry Anderson was born in Pocatello, Idaho on January 21, 1940, and passed away peacefully in his home in Orem, Utah on November 2, 2016. He is the second oldest of eight children and was adored by his mother.

He is preceded by his parents: Harry and Julia; a sister: Letty; and a brother: James. He is survived by his siblings: Dorothy, Barbara, Katherine, Susan, Stephen; and his children: Michael (Marjory), Bryan (Sammie), Suzette, Tina, David, Candi (Sean), Jeffrey; and 16 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and one on the way.

During his youth he was on the high school diving team and sang in the men’s choir. He loved sports, cared about his health, and enjoyed the outdoors.

Harold had been led by the spirit on many occasions growing up. One particular time he was invited by friends to go on a drive. He really wanted to go but felt prompted to stay. Most of his friends ended up dying that night when their car swerved into a river.

He was faithful to his beliefs and to the LDS church, and served a two and a half year mission in Norway. After his mission he attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a BS in Psychology and Master’s in Sociology.

He was a college professor and taught many different subjects, primarily in sociology and psychology. He was a volunteer marriage and family counselor for many years and the bishop would call on him to assist families who were having difficulties. He was invited to give numerous speeches in various settings and venues where he was able to share his knowledge and experience with others.

He had a love for learning and was working on a few books at the time of his passing. He was always learning, and enjoyed subjects on religion, sociology, psychology, and science.

His memorial service and burial will be held Saturday, November 12 at 11:00 a.m. at the Pony Express Memorial Cemetery: 4647 N Eagle Mountain Blvd Eagle Mountain, Utah 84005. Family and friends are invited to attend.



  • Mike Anderson Posted November 5, 2016 5:59 pm

    We love you Dad!

    • Angel Van Gilder Posted December 1, 2016 3:43 am

      Hi Mike, I knew Hal from the mid-singles. He was a like a father to me after mine had passed away. We would have very in depth conversations and he taught me a lot. I would like to get a copy of the funeral brochure and visit his grave. Could you get in touch with me? My email thanks!

  • Mike Madson Posted November 5, 2016 9:32 pm

    Knowing Mike Anderson, your father must be a wonderful man. He did a great job raising wonderful children.

  • Tina Anderson Posted November 6, 2016 1:14 am

    Love you and miss you Dad

  • Anderson Posted November 6, 2016 1:52 am

    So sorry for the family’s loss. Including his youngest son Jeff. Much love.

  • Kimball M Young Posted November 9, 2016 1:24 am

    So very sorry to hear this. We wish we could be to the service. Wishing peace and comfort to the family.

  • Sara Mortensen Posted November 12, 2016 5:35 pm

    Harold was a kind man. I have fond memories of him.

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