Gary Hazelton

The Santa Cruz Fly Fishermen recently lost a friend and fellow fly fisher in a tragic auto accident that took place near Lake Almanor.
Gary was a skilled, dedicated fisher who enjoyed striper fishing at San Luis Reservoir, salmon fishing in Alaska, and trout fishing at Pyramid Lake, Nevada. His wit and ready grin will be greatly missed by his many friends in the club. We send our condolences to his wife and family.
A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, September 10th, at 2:00 PM, at Twin Lakes Baptist Church.

The following notice appeared in the Sunday, August 20th Santa Cruz Sentinel:

Resident of Aptos
Gary Hazelton of Aptos, a Santa Cruz native and beloved husband, father and grandad, died of complications due to an automobile accident on August 7, 2017 while on vacation at Lake Almanor, California at the age of 69.
Gary is survived by his wife, Jill; his three children, Jennifer (Ray) Spinelli of Aptos, Christy Schoos of Los Gatos and Tom (Jeri) Hazelton of Medford, Oregon; and 11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Burton and Helene Hazelton.
Gary was born on December 31, 1947 in Santa Cruz, California. He graduated from Santa Cruz High School in 1966 and then attended Cabrillo College for 2 years before joining the Navy in 1968. He served our country on two tours during the Vietnam War on both the USS Camden and USS Dynamic. He returned home and earned his degree from San Jose State University in 1975. He began working for the Santa Cruz County Assessor's Office that same year. He was elected County Assessor in 2002 and in June 2004 he became the first ever Assessor-Recorder in Santa Cruz County. After 34 years he retired in 2009. He served on many boards including Soquel Creek Water Board of Directors, Soquel State Demonstration Forest Advisory Committee, County Fish and Game Commission and several committees with the California Assessor's Association.
Gary enjoyed traveling, including a trip to Israel, a mission trip to Cambodia, a cruise to Alaska and many fun family vacations. He also enjoyed gardening in his beautiful yard and going on countless fly fishing trips.
Gary was a true servant of the Lord and volunteered for many positions at Twin Lakes Church, which included serving on the Board, organizing communion, serving on the benevolence team and serving as an advisor to Camp Hammer.
Gary's passion was for his family, he was rarely seen without his loving wife by his side and there was not a sporting event his grandchildren participated in that he did not attend. Gary's life mirrored that of his favorite Bible verse Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." His death leaves behind a tremendous void in the hearts of so many who knew and loved him.
A memorial service to celebrate Gary's life is scheduled for 2 pm on September 10th at Twin Lakes Church in Aptos with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Twin Lakes Church and Camp Hammer.


Kent Hull, Sr.

This obituary is being reprinted from the May 2017 newsletter, because the Celebration of Life for Cdr. Hull is now scheduled for September 30th

Commander Kent S. Hull, Sr., aged 75, of Santa Cruz died March 12th, 2017. He was born in Champaign, Illinois, the eldest son of Allan and Faye Hull. He was educated at the University of Chicago, as well as the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey and did later graduate work at Stanford University. He achieved the ranks of Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts and Commander in the United States Navy.
Cdr. Hull spent much of his career in the United States Navy as a pilot, flying squadron helicopters from various aircraft carriers as well as doing search and rescue in Vietnam for a year. He later began working in administrative duties, eventually specializing in Human Factors of Human and Machine Interfacing, where he worked on loan to NASA.
He was active in the Santa Cruz Fly Fishermen's Club, serving as Secretary and newsletter editor. The SCFF will long remember his detailed, lengthy minutes when he served as secretary. Once a month, we were treated to his dramatic readings of what took place at the previous meeting, marveling in how he was able to have recorded such detail, and sometimes embarrassed that he had. His service as newsletter editor was similarly precise and often verbose, necessitating extra postage to mail the print issues. It was this publisher's great pleasure to have served with him.
He was also on the Interim Board of Directors when his neighborhood purchased the privately owned water company and organized it as a non-profit mutual benefit corporation.
As a youth and a Boy Scout, Cdr. Hull had made many back-packing trips in the wilderness areas of the Sierras; as an adult, he relished returning to those areas to fly fish.
He leaves his wife Sharon, whom he married in 1965; his daughter Anne and her husband Conrad and cherished grandson Tobin of Santa Cruz; and his son Kent Jr. and his wife Christina of Martinez. He is also survived by his sister Rita and her husband Bob of Wayland, MA; and brother Dave and his wife Gretchen of Gig Harbor WA, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Stephanie and grandson Pippin.
Funeral services will be private. A memorial service will be held at a date as yet to be determined. E-mail plants@cruzio.com if you would like to be notified of date and time. Memorial gifts in Cdr. Hull's memory can be made to the Compassionate Friends of Santa Cruz, Compassionate Friends, The American Civil Liberties Union or to the Nature Conservancy.
Arrangements are being handled by Santa Cruz Memorial, Santa Cruz, and are as follows:

Celebration of Life for Kent Hull
September 30, 2017, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Oakwood Chapel
3301 Paul Sweet Rd., Santa Cruz

If attending, please RSVP to Sharon Hull at plants@cruzio.com.

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