Gerald Ray Hall, 83, passed away peacefully in his home on November 28, 2014. He was born on January 4, 1931, in Tooele, Utah, to William Ray and Delpha Jones Hall. He married Kaye Hayward Cunninghame in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on June 7, 1961. Kaye preceded him in death on July 8, 2013.
Gerald was raised in Tooele, Utah. He graduated from Tooele High School and served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Great Lakes Mission from 1950-1952. He was a member of the United States Air Force serving in Iceland from 1958-1959.
He attended Brigham Young University where he earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree and met his wife Kaye. He was employed by the LDS Church as a seminary and institute instructor. His job took them various places in the western United States: Price, Utah; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Pine Ridge, South Dakota; Riverside, California; and Durango, Colorado. After teaching for 37 years, he retired from the Church Educational System and moved to Santa Clara in 1993.
Gerald’s main hobby was going to and having his own garage sales. He was known in Durango, Colorado, as the “garage sale king” and carried that title to Santa Clara. In his later years, he became very involved in donating the proceeds from his garage sales to Smile Train, a non-profit organization that performs surgery on children with cleft palates. He was passionate about Smile Train and considered it “his mission” in his later years.
Gerald is survived by his children: Melanie (Marty) Tidwell of Santa Clara, Derek (Holly) Hall of Marquette Michigan, Lori (Jason) Randall of Alabaster, Alabama, and Julie (Junius) Merrill of Wolfforth, Texas; 10 grandsons; and five granddaughters. He is also survived by his brothers: Lloyd (Carolyn) Hall of Salt Lake City and Dick (Virginia) Hall of Tooele; and his sister, Lorraine (Bill) Pitt of Tooele.
The family would like to express their heart felt appreciation to all of Gerald’s caregivers. They truly blessed his life!
- Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. at the Santa Clara LDS 7th Ward Chapel, 3815 West Rachel Drive, Santa Clara, Utah.
- A viewing will be held Saturday, from 9-10:30 a.m., prior to the services at the Chapel.
- Interment will be at the Santa Clara City Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, telephone 435-673-4221. For condolences, full obituary, and funeral listings please visit the Metcalf Mortuary website.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to www.smiletrain.org in Gerald Hall’s honor.