|Birth: ||Sep. 25, 1938|
Los Angeles County
|Death: ||Oct. 17, 2003|
Passed at home. Care provided by Northern AZ Hospice.
Westcott Funeral Home Cottonwood Yavapai Co AZ entrusted with arrangements.
Services: First Southern Baptist Church Page Coconino Co AZ 1 pm Saturday 25 Oct 2003
Inurnment: Page Community Cemetery Page Coconino AZ
Child #2 of 4 born to Maxine Marie Jones and Willis Rodger Hardin (Wyla Marie, Willis Roger, Sandra Jean and Gerrie Elyse).
Willis was nicknamed "Slick" by his paternal grandfather because he had a slick head (not much hair). Born in CA, the family moved to NM (his parents 'home-town')and then settling in Winslow Navajo Co AZ by 1941.
Slick attended Winslow schools earning a high school diploma in 1956. He was a Little League Baseball player. The team played in the CA 1950 Series. He made several leather tooling items. Slick was very good with art sketches and woodworking projects. He was baptized a Catholic though he attended the Episcopal Church as a youngster. Slick became an Eagle Scout. He enjoyed the Jamborees, the challenge of making/racing cars for the annual Pinewood Derby. Delivering the town's newspaper was his way to ride his bike around the town and make a little pocket money. He enjoyed big game hunting with his father. In high school he participated in machine shop and auto-mechanics, customizing his own car. There are many more memories of his very active life.
In 1956 he married Naomi Ruth Richardson in Albuquerque Bernalillo Co NM. They lived in Thoreau McKinley Co where Slick was employed by the El Paso Oil Co, Anaconda and Ciniza. He would take on the big job of renovating their home (the home where his father lived as a child). They were blessed with five children (Ronald Mitchell, Rodney Leon, James Michael, Carma Marie and Rodney Wayne). The family attended the Catholic Church. Slick was instrumental in forming the fire department for Thoreau. He was Honored Citizen of the Year, 1964.
Over the years, the family moved a couple of times, Slick held various jobs then he and Naomi divorced. While living in AZ, Slick became a heating/air conditioning technician.
Slick worked for 20 years on the Salt River Project in Page Coconino Co AZ. During that time Slick married Patsy Jo Wilcoxson, gained a large extended family and became a First Southern Baptist Church member.
Widower in 1996, Slick didn't want to spend his life alone, he married Mary Converse Crawford. They moved to Cottonwood Coconino Co. He developed emphysema, then other health issues resulting in cancer. Hospice and Home Health Care were available to help him with his last move from this earth.
Stephen Ray Rauls, born 28 Nov 1997, is his only Hardin grandchild. Slick was a heavy smoker, enjoyed drinking and carried on the traditional strong (cowboy/railroaders) coffee drinking. He was a mild mannered man, spoke slowly but with a wit that was unique.
Willis Rodger Hardin (1915 - 1958)
Maxine Marie Jones Hardin Jenkins (1920 - 2012)
Patsy Jo Wilcoxson Hardin (1931 - 1996)
Maintained by: Elyse Hardin
Originally Created by: Burnt Almond Fudge
Record added: Aug 30, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21249264