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Obituary: Harold "Hal" Fardal, 82

A celebration of Hal's life will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Sanctuary of East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue.

Harold "Hal" Fardal passed away peacefully in the presence of his family on January 6, 2013 at the age of 82.

Hal was born on March 3, 1930 in Webster City, Iowa and grew up in the nearby town of Stanhope. The youngest of three children, he took early to the pursuits of academic excellence, athletics and music. He graduated from St. Olaf College, the University of Wisconsin, and Yale Law School and also studied in Olso, Norway on a Fulbright Scholarship. Hal served in the intelligence unit of the US Army during the end of the Korean War and was discharged honorably in 1955. After law school, he moved to Seattle, where he knew only one person. He quickly found his first job in law at Keller Rohrback, where he became a partner and continued to practice until his retirement 47 years later. In 1962, he married his beloved wife of 50 years, Geraldine ("Gerry"), a singer and teacher. They had two children while living in Seattle, then moved to Mercer Island where Hal served on the local school board, ran endless miles while training for marathons, listened to hundreds of Mariners games on the radio while working in the garden, and forged countless lasting friendships.

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A celebration of Hal's life will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Sanctuary of East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 SE 32nd Street, Bellevue, WA, where he was a member of the church choir and congregation for many years.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to contribute to your favorite education-, arts-, or health-related charity in Hal's honor.

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