Theodore Norman Hackett, 85, beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away at home on February 24, 1998.
Born September 21, 1912 in Dundee, IL to Karl Frank Hackett and Margaret Sarah Steven. Married Kathryn (Kay) Kuester Welch on June 28, 1941 in Sewickley, PA. Ted attended high school in Wheaton, IL. He graduated from the University of Illinois with an engineering degree, was a member of the Triangle fraternity and pole-vaulted to letter in track and field. After college, he worked in Pittsburgh, PA, where he met Kay. In 1947, Ted and Kay relocated to Salt Lake City. As a design engineer for the EIMCO Corp., he patented several mechanisms that are still used in mining machinery today.A man of many interests, Ted became an avid skier. He was a member and officer of the Mineralogical Society of Utah and Wasatch Gem Society and enjoyed years of combing the desert for Indian artifacts with Kay. He was a gifted silversmith, always busy in his meticulous, homemade shop, making jewelry for family and friends. In later years, Ted's greatest pleasure came from driving throughout the U.S. to visit his dear friends and relatives. His children and grandchildren will always cherish special memories of fishing, traveling and rockhounding with "Popper."
Survived by son, Theodore N. Hackett, Jr., Bradbury, CA; daughters, Mrs. Douglas M. (Joan) Taylor, Littleton, CO; Mrs. Ronald (Debbie) Runia, Beaverton, OR; Mrs. Robert A. (Sally) Van Winkle, El Centro, CA; niece, Sandra Hackett, Gunnison, CO; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his wife, Kay W. Hackett and brother, Seymour Hackett.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 7, 1998, 11 a.m. at Mountain View Memorial Estates Chapel, 3115 East 7800 South, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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