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 Howard Hausknecht

Howard Hausknecht

Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado, USA
Death 21 Oct 1993 (aged 96)
Midvale, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
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Memorial ID 35999 · View Source
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Howard Hausknecht, a longtime Salt Lake Valley educator, died October 21, 1993 of natural causes at his home in Midvale, Utah at the age of 96 and one-half years.

He was born May 15, 1897 in Pueblo, Colorado to Edward Hausknecht and Elise Alwine Krauer, the second of their four children. His family moved to Murray, Utah in 1902, where his father was the first, and chief, assayer at the Murray Smelter.Howard attended Arlington Elementary through grade eight and then attended Granite High, 1913-17. He was an outstanding athlete, playing on the basketball and baseball teams all four years there. Served in the U. S. Army 1917-1918 during World War I. In 1920-21 he attended Michigan State Automotive School, then returning to Murray to set up his own automotive repair shop. In 1922, the Murray School Superintendent C. E. Gaufin, asked Howard to "give high school teaching a try."

He did, and for the next forty years, taught auto mechanics and machine shop techniques, becoming an extremely effective and outstanding teacher in both the Murray and Jordan School Districts. At Murray High School, he also served as a volunteer assistant basketball and baseball coach. From 1940 to 1962 he taught machine shop, welding and auto mechanics, as well as maintaining and directing school transportation at Bingham High School, from where he also retired.

He recalled with pride that he taught as many as 60 students at the same time and attributed his success to good organization, where he appointed the students themselves as shop foreman, foreman, tool room foreman and janitors. He also stressed cleanliness, strict discipline, fairness, and practical knowledge of his subjects. In his classes, if machine shop equipment was broken, he or a student made the repairs, and never expected someone else to do "his job." He claimed "he could count on one hand" the number of hand tools that were lost or stolen from his Bingham High shop during the 22 years he taught there.

Howard married Ruby Townsend, Murray, Utah on August 5, 1925. She died July 24, 1984. Since her death, he has maintained "her yard and flower gardens" as she left them, and seasonally picked bouquets of flowers to her memory.

He is survived by his sons, Howard T. and wife, Betty Jean, Cottonwood in Salt Lake County; Stephen E. and wife, Lucy, Holladay, Utah; daughter, Jeanne and husband, Charles Engberson, Alpine, Utah; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren; also, his brother, Edwin (Bebs), Oakland, California; sister, Elsie H. Petersen, West Valley City, Utah.

Funeral services Monday, October 25, 1993, at 1 p.m. in the Goff Mortuary, 8090 So. State, Midvale. Family will greet friends at the mortuary Sunday 6-8 p.m. and Monday one hour prior to services. Interment, Murray City Cemetery.

Family suggests contributions to the Alumni Association at either Bingham or Murray High Schools, in his name, in care of Bingham High School, 2160 West 10400 So., So. Jordan, Utah 84095, or Murray High School 5440 So. State, Murray, Utah 84107.

Published in the Deseret News Oct 22, 1993

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