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Obituary: PECTOL, HAL

Published: Thursday, Oct. 30 2014 1:24 p.m. MDT

Hal Wyatt Pectol1930 ~ 2012Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend passed away February 26, 2012 in Provo, Utah. Born February 5, 1930 in St. George, Utah to Rulon G. and Cleo Christensen Pectol. He met his sweetheart Karma while attending Dixie College. They were married in Palo Alto, California July 23, 1949. Their marriage was solemnized in the Provo Temple June 22, 1982. They have one son, H. Wyatt Pectol. Hal grew up roaming the Red Hills of Dixie with his bb gun and fishing and hunting in the Kolob and Pine Valley mountains which he loved. He enjoyed playing football and basketball in junior high and high school. Hal's work experience began at 12 years old, working in the sugar beet fields and having a big paper route. His ambitious work ethic was soon noticed by the local JC Penny manager. He was subsequently hired at age 13 as a stock boy, and eventually became a top salesman. After graduation, he was hired by the JC Penny Palo Alto, California store, where he advanced to various management positions. Hal, Karma, and Wyatt lived happily in San Carlos, California, where he was employed as a successful car salesman. After moving to Utah, to be closer to the grandchildren, he worked for Chuck Peterson Motors, the Volkswagen-Porsche-Audi dealer. It was here where Hal earned many awards, including being recognized many times as the National Masters Sales Award winner. He managed orvins auto in Provo. His motto was "treat people like you like to be treated" and "his word was his bond." Those who worked with or knew Hal can say he lived those mottos.Hal was a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle to many. There were always children around who constantly felt his love. Above all, he became the grand patriarch of the family. He praised our accomplishments, taught us all how to buy cars, and shared his joy of hunting, camping and boating. He was a great story teller. He loved patriotic and classical music and played the trumpet. He was an avid cougar fan. He maintained a beautiful yard and received an award from Provo City. He provided the example of living a Gospel-centered life. He was a very gentle and kind man who reached out to help those around him. He saw the best in people and he shared his bounty with those in need. On the other hand, he didn't hesitate to voice his opinions and had a way of making the most of life's teaching opportunities. He taught us all with his testimony. Hal served in many callings in the LDS Church, including elder's quorum presidency, executive secretary, high priest group leader, and a member of the stake high council. Above all, he enjoyed being a primary teacher.Hal leaves behind his wife Karma, son H. Wyatt Pectol of Provo, 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, sister Cheri ( Ron) Drew, brother Brent (Betty), many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Jeromy, and granddaughter-in-law Cami.Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, March 5, 2012 at the Slate Canyon 4th Ward Chapel, 715 South Utah Ave, Provo, Utah. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center St, Sunday evening from 6 until 8 and at the church Monday one hour prior to services. Interment, Provo City Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to the LDS Church Missionary Fund. Condolences may be emailed to info@bergmortuary.com (801) 373-1841.