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George Reed Hacking, I
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Birth: Nov. 9, 1903
Alberta, Canada
Death: Jan. 8, 1977
Fort Lauderdale
Broward County
Florida, USA


PERRINE, Florida--George Reed Hacking, 73, former resident of Orem serving an LDS Mission in Florida with his wife, died after a long illness.

He was born in Magrath, Alberta, Canada on November 9, 1903 to George A. and Frances Briggs Hacking. He married Melda Farley on December 18, 1930, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.

Since his retirement from the U. S. Postal Service he had worked as a certified public accountant.

In his youth he completed a mission to the Spanish-American Mission. Both he and his wife assisted in translating the Book of Mormon into Spanish. He was secretary of the high priest's quorum and served as ward clerk for many years.

Survivors include his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Steve (Christine) Hayes, Manila, Phillipines; a grandson, Daren Hayes, two brothers, Earl Hacking, Cardston, Alberta, Canada; Wayne Hacking, Orem; three sisters, Edith Sheffield, Kaysville; Beth Wolfe, Cardston, Alberta, Canada and Dorothy Smith, Glenwood, Alberta, Canada.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Orem 19th Ward Chapel, 1935 S. 800 E. Orem; where friends may call an hour prior to services. Burial will be in the Orem City Cemetery.

-Provo Daily Herald, January 9, 1977, transcribed by Rhonda Holton
George Reed Hacking, 73, died while serving a Fort Lauderdale. Florida Spanish Mission.

Born November 9, 1903, in Magrath, Canada, to George A. amd Frances Briggs Hacking. Married Melde Farley, December 18, 1930 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Retired U. S. Postal Service clerk and a CPA. Also served a Spanish American Mission.

Survivors: wife of Orem; one daughter, Mrs. Christine Hacking Hayes, one son-in-law: LCD William Steve Hayes; one grandson, Daren S. Hayes, all of Cubl Naval Air Station, Manilla, Philippines; two brothers and three sisters: Earl Hacking, Dorothy Smith, Beth Woolfe, all of Canada; Wayne Hacking, of Orem; Edith Sheffield, Kaysville.

Services will be Thursday 11 a.m., Orem 19th Ward, 1035 South 800 East. Friends may call at the Sundberg Olpin Mortuary in Orem Wednesday 6-8 p.m. and at the chapel prior to service. Burial in the Orem City Cemetery.

-The Salt Lake Tribune, January 12, 1977, transcribed by Rhonda Holton

Reed Hacking is retiring this week from 36 years of government service, including 28 of them in the Orem Post Office.

He was born in Magrath, Alberta, Canada to George A. and Frances Briggs Hacking. He attended school there, obtaining a teaching cerificate from Normal School in Calgary and teaching elementary school for two years in Magrath.

He served an LDS Mexican Mission for 36 months, after which he moved to the United States and worked as a salesman for the Utah Woolen Mills.

He married the former Melda Farley and they have a daughter Christine. She is the wife of Lt. William Steven Hayes, who is currently serving in the Navy Air Department. They have a little son, Daren, who is certainly the "apple of his grandpa's eye."

"Retirement is something that all workers look forward to--usually with anticipation," says Mr. Hacking. "I graduated from Brigham Young University in 1935 while holding down a full-time job at Bradshaw Auto Parts as inventory stock manager and clerk. My major was Spanish. Dr. Cummings, head of the Departments asked me to teach an advanced Spanish class at the "Y." He told me I would get free tuition toward a master's degree. I taught the Spanish class for almost two years while I was working toward an accounting degree, as that interested me more than Spanish.

"While taking a statistical class from Professor William Boyle. I learned from him of a civil service examination which was coming up for an 'Assistant Statistical Clerk,"

"That had a good ring to it and a government job sounded like a secure position. I took the exam with about 45 others in the Provo High School, along with about 200,000 in the rest of the United States.

"An offer came to report at "Hole-In-The-Rock" in Arizona to work with the Soil Conservation Service. It was quite a decision to pull up roots where I was and go to a strange state and environment. The starting salary was $1,440 per annum, which was considered a fair wage in those days.

Mr. Hacking worked in various positions with SCS and other government agencies, served in the Air Force during World War II and in July, 1944 received a job in the Provo Post Office as a mail carrier. He had a bicycle route, which he sayd was an enjoyable experience."

When the Orem Post Office opened up, he was transferred there. "I opened up the new Post Office at 4 a.m. on its first day of business and have been reporting to work at that hour ever since.

"The government has a great many postitions for those who pass the examination. I passed 20 or 25, ranging from warehouse clerk to deputy zone collector (Internal Revenue), to bank examiner.

"I have two suggestions to those who are starting in a government career. First -- Prepare yourself in a technical field. My first position was a clerical job and I made about a third less than a soil analyst and other technicians who spent no more time in school than I did.

"Second -- don't buy a house until you are satisfied with the location of your job. In other words, get the job you wish, and then buy a house; otherwise your house may tie you down to a position that won't allow the fullest use of your capacities.

Mr. Hacking doesn't have to spend much time in a rocking chair, but will continue with his CPA and accounting work, his church assignments and pursuing his hobbies of golfing and traveling, along with his philatalist interests. His wife who retired from Alpine School District last spring has a few things in mind for him also.

-The Provo Daily Herald, June 28, 1973, transcribed by Rhonda Holton 
Family links: 
  George Alfred Hacking (1876 - 1955)
  Francis Harriett Briggs Hacking (1878 - 1964)
  Melda Severina Farley Hacking (1907 - 1997)*
  Christina Hacking Hayes (1945 - 1988)*
  Edith Hacking Sheffield (1901 - 1985)*
  George Reed Hacking (1903 - 1977)
  Samuel Grant Hacking (1907 - 1907)*
  Ernest Roy Hacking (1908 - 1908)*
  Joseph Hacking (1909 - 1909)*
  Ezra Earl Hacking (1911 - 1987)*
  Lexie Hacking Wood (1912 - 1961)*
  Wayne Briggs Hacking (1914 - 1999)*
  Hazel Elizabeth Hacking Woolf (1915 - 2001)*
  Dorothy Hacking Smith (1919 - 1997)*
*Calculated relationship
Orem City Cemetery
Utah County
Utah, USA
Plot: D-47-5
Maintained by: Rhonda
Originally Created by: Ryan D. Curtis
Record added: Mar 23, 2007
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He is my 2nd great grand uncle.
- Rhonda
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