Irvin Hull, Ph.D., aged 92, passed away on June 15, 1994, in Salt Lake City, Utah of natural causes.
He will be remembered especially for his intelligence, hard work, commitment, integrity and dedication to the gospel of Jesus Christ.He was born February 11, 1902 in Hooper, Utah to Robert and Elizabeth Rigby Hull, the second of twelve children. Farming and ranching experiences comprised his early life, but Irv always prized and valued higher education. At a fairly early age he had to choose between further schooling and an inheritance on the family farm.
He was educated in Weber County schools, graduating from Weber Normal High School in 1921. Through personal sacrifice and without much family financial support, he graduated with honors from Utah State University in 1926 with a B.S. degree in accounting. He was a class officer and participated in dramatics, among other school activities. Following graduation from college, he worked as the assistant secretary to the Ogden Chamber of Commerce. He was then awarded a two year research fellowship in marketing at the University of Chicago. Before earning his doctorate, he worked for the Los Angeles, California city water department and was assistant for merchandising for Bullock's Department Store, there.
In 1929, he accepted a teaching position at Utah State University, where he taught for three years. He then enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from the Wharton School of Business in 1938. Following earning the Ph.D., Dr. Hull became the educational director for Mutual Life Insurance Company, based in Michigan. He qualified for the C.L.U. designation. Later, he worked for fourteen years in administrative positions in the federal government.
He taught at the University of Utah College of Business for five years. Dr. Hull left teaching to become self-employed in businesses that he himself created for marketing and distribution. He organized and operated the Hull Equipment Company and with a partner, organized a company called Hasco which distributed and acted as subcontractors.
Early in 1932, Irv met and fell in love with Zenda Hunsaker, while he was teaching at USU. They were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on September 16, 1932. Though they never had children of their own, the Hulls were surrounded by many nieces and nephews. Dr. Hull always thought of himself as a family man due to this loving extended family.
Church service included Elder's Quorum president, membership in the 4th Quorum of the Seventy, stake missionary, stake mission president, High Priest group leader, and High Councilman. Dr. Hull loved the church and always had a firm testimony of the truths it teaches. He constantly sought for more knowledge and understanding of spiritual matters. He also firmly believed that he experienced many miracles in his life, including the gift of health in spite of several serious illnesses over the years.
Dr. Hull was a member of Sigma Chi national social and Alpha Kappa Psi national business fraternities. He was elected to Phi Kappa Phi national scholastic society, a past member of the Salt Lake Exchange and Lion's Clubs, a life member of the Sons of Utah Pioneers and a life member of Spa Fitness Centers.
His hobbies included golfing, gardening, reading and exercise. He traveled extensively and was active in many educational, civic and political affairs. He had a great love of gardening and golf, and he truly loved the many opportunities for teaching which came his way. He believed that he lived such a long and full life because of adherence to the principles of good nutrition and maintenance of quality physical activity.
He is survived by his wife, Zenda; and the following brothers and sisters: Delbert, Norman, and Della Rawson of Hooper; Lorna Stutzenegger of Ogden, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Monday, June 20th, 11 a.m. at the Monument Park 17th Ward, 2795 East Crestview Drive (1010 South). Friends may call at the Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 East 1300 South, Sunday evening, 6-8 p.m., and at the ward on Monday, one hour before the services. Burial will follow in the family plot in Honeyville, Utah.
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