Harold C. Ekker, age 83, died May 2, 1991, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Born February 2, 1908 in Hanksville, to Cornelius and Edna Gibbons Ekker. Being the oldest of 12 children he was out making a living when he was a teenager, working for the Western Union Telephone and Telegraph as a first class lineman, along with his younger brother, Horace. He attended school in Hanksville and Green River, and loved the game of baseball along with horseshoes. On May 22, 1930 he married Nell Maxfield, in Price; in 1975 they exchanged vows in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They made their homes in Loa and Hanksville over their 61 years of marriage, where he served Wayne County in many positions. He was a chapter member of the Wayne Wonderland Lions Club and the Civic Club of Southern Utah. He traveled throughout the state of Utah working for better roads in Wayne County, while he served as Wayne County Commissioner for 16 years. He served as board chairman in 1981 and was in charge of the county roads and the county welfare. He served as president of the Hanksville Chamber of Commerce. Hanksville representative on the Wayne Medical Board. He was commission chairman for the 18 County Commission and served with Senator Moss, state and federal officials to get bridges over the Colorado River and the Dirty Devil River, after working to get Highway 95 surveyed and paved in 1976, as the Bi-Centennial Highway. Over the years he worked with Utah Governors Maw, Lee, Clyde, Rampton and Matheson, to promote this area of the state. He mined ore at his claims in Garfield County for many years and received an award from the Atomic Energy Commission for shipping the highest grade of uranium ore from the Colorado Plateau. He was instrumental in getting the highway built through Capital Reef via Fremont River. Harold loved the mountains, the desert and enjoyed finding rocks and bringing them home and slicing with his rock saw into bookends and table slabs. Rock hounds from all over the United States must have one or more of his gem stones. His green thumb quality was shown in his yearly crops of watermelon and cantelope, from his huge patches near his home that his grandsons helped to plant and pick. He already had the fields ready for this year's planting.Survived by his wife of 61 years, Nell; children, Dennis and Sherry Ekker, Steven and Carolyn Hatch, Kevin and Susan Hatch, all of Hanksville; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Horace, Riter, Jess and Darys, all of Hanskville; Ted and Gladys May, both of Green River; Bruce, Reno, Nevada; Reba Bennett, Denver, Colorado; Julia Cheskaty, Idaho. Preceded in death by a daughter, Norma Ekker Mueller, July 7, 1983, great-grandson, Steven Shae Hatch, and brother, Arthur Ekker.
Funeral services will be held Monday, May 6, 1 p.m., in the Loa LDS Stake Tabernacle. Friends may call for viewing Sunday evening, 7-9 p.m. at the family home in Hanksville and Monday at the church in Loa, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Burial: Loa Cemetery under the direction of the Springer-Turner Funeral Home.
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