Harl Elmer Judd was born in Richfield, Utah on October 16, 1932. He was the oldest of three children born to George Elmer Judd and Elva Matilda Hansen. He spent his childhood years in Kanab, Utah. Here he learned from his father a love for ranching. Riding horses, caring for the cattle, spending time at the ranch and on the Kaibab were things he learned to love. After graduating from Kanab High School, he attended BAC and then Utah State University where he received his PhD in Engineering. He married Beatrice Anne Ashcroft and they were the parents of five children: LuAnne (Eric Brown), David (Lynnette), Jeannine (Keenan Hart), Charles (Shauna), Sharon Judd and the late Retta (Todd Gale).
Harl taught for many years at what is today Southern Utah University. He was instrumental in the acquisition of the first computers on campus and worked to see the sciences thrive, served as the Dean of the School of Science, and for a short time as the Acting President. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints he served with diligence and joy in many leadership callings, but never sought for the limelight. He was dedicated to, and had a love for the gospel and for his family. Family time was important, from playing games to hiking and working on the farm. His actions demonstrated the depth of his love. On the farm he taught his children and then his grandchildren not only work, but to love the land as he did. His patience increased as the size of the family increased, enabling him to work long summer hours with his inexperienced grandchildren who learned to work by his side, harvesting pumpkins and potatoes, and moving sprinkler lines. This patience became more powerful as he tenaciously battled Parkinson’s Disease for over 35 years. When his body was able to do less, he spent more time figuring how to accomplish the task from another angle. He did not complain, but simply sought to live life to the fullest, working around and in spite of the restrictions which accompanied this disease.
He is survived by his sister Shirlyn Frost, five children, 24 grandchildren and 54 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife Anne, his brother Thayne, his daughter Retta, and a great granddaughter Nona.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 12 Noon at the Cedarview LDS Chapel (1925 W 320 South, Cedar City). A viewing was held on Friday, April 20 at the church from 6 to 8 p.m. A viewing was held on Saturday, April 21 at the church from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Interment was in the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be made at www.sumortuary.com
A special thanks to the Beehive House for their loving care along with the special attention he received from Taylor Johnson.