July 25, 1920 - March 29, 2014
Harold (Hal) Walter Krouth, continuous traveler, home-base Oregon, died March 29, 2014, at the home of his youngest daughter in Provo, Utah. He was 93.
Viewing 9:30-10:45 a.m. and services 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Friday, April 4, 2014 at the Parkway 2nd Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2801 West 620 North, Provo, Utah, 84601.
He was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His love of the Lord and his family were always first in his heart.
Mr. Krouth was born July 25, 1920, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the third child of four of Herman Walter Krouth and Clara Ruegg Krouth. He attended schools in Salt Lake City and graduated from West High School in 1937.
After 2 years in the National Guard he enlisted in the Army Air Corps to pursue his interest in becoming an air control tower operator. He helped open the first military control tower on Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho, assigned to the Airways and Air Communications System (AACS) as the chief operator. On April 14, 1942 he was commissioned an officer in the United States Air Force.
During WWII and forward he served in many positions at various bases. In Korea during the war he served as the operations officer of a 700 man squadron with the Air Force Rear responsible for 10 South Korean locations. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service while serving in Korea.
He retired as a major with an honorable discharge November 30, 1960.
After a 24 year career in the Air Force he retired and went to work for Tektronix, Sunset Plant in Beaverton, Oregon, becoming the capacitor department manager.
He married Barbara Marcine Brown Krouth, June 13, 1942. They had two sons. They later divorced. Then he married on October 9, 1954, for a short time, Constance Raymond Taylor Maxwell Krouth. He married Doris Lorraine Mattson Sprick Krouth Roberts July 15, 1956. They had a daughter and two sons. Subsequently they divorced.
He then married Sally Lee Frye Krouth December 30, 1960, in the Lutheran Church in Sherwood, Oregon. They later left Tektronix to travel to Lake Chapala, Mexico and a month later moved to Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico where they lived for four years and had two daughters. While there Mr. Krouth started a bowling league, became a Charter member of Pearl of the West Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star and served as Worth Patron. He joined the Shriners Anezeh Temple and helped sponsor several Mexican children to the México City Shriners Childrens Hospital. He joined the American Society becoming membership chairman and helped transition the organization to become the American Mexican Society to become more community inclusive.
They lived for several years in a travel trailer traveling about 10,000 miles each summer. The travels started from Corpus Christi, Texas where he was employed as night watchman by a local college and Texas Southwestern Oil, and then as furniture warehouseman which ended when Hurricane Celia blew the warehouse down. Then they went on to winter in Mary Ester, FL; Tucson, AZ; to Layton, UT, where he worked for various city departments.
They then moved to Mount Pleasant, UT, to manage a Camperworld Resort for nearly nine years. Some of his most treasured memories of Mount Pleasant were serving with the wonderful people in the church and the community. He was honored to be a member of the local VFW where he served two years as commander. After the children were grown they spent a year in Salt Lake City. The next few years were spent managing apartment communities in Beaverton, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. They then purchased a home in Gaston, Oregon, and he worked for Pinkerton Security at the Intel Aloha plant. They resided there for 22 years before traveling once again.
Mr. Krouth was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters Clara Elizabeth Krouth Eitner Francom, Ruth Evadean Krouth Johnson, Wanda Pearl Krouth Fisher Fongaroli Sargenti.
Survivors include wife of 50 years Sally Lee Frye Krouth, Sons Richard Dean Foster of California and Gary Jay Krouth (Danelle) of Boise, ID; daughter Karen Lynn Krouth Tandy (Stephen) of Milwaukie, OR; Sons Dennis Alan Krouth of Tigard, OR; Jerry Dale Mattson (Debra) of Portland, OR and Daughters Valerie Renee Krouth Miller (Roderick) of Poway, CA; Alena Kira Krouth Allred (Brian) of Provo, UT; 16 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements: Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, Orem, Utah. Condolences may be offered to the family online at www.walkersanderson.com.