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Obituary: Herman McCune

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"Hap" McCune "Misi Matuni" Herman Wright McCune was born June 30, 1906, in Nephi, Utah to George and Alice Ann Paxman McCune. The fifth of seven children, he died peacefully January 18, 2006 in West Jordan, Utah at the age of 99, the last surviving member of his immediate family. After a short time in Eureka, Utah, the family moved to the McCune Ranch in Mills. Hap attended a one-room school and for two years enjoyed being taught by his sister, Leeta. His early years on the ranch fostered a love for the soil and animals. As a very young boy he was given many responsible jobs on the ranch, developing a work ethic he exemplified throughout his life in providing for his family as manager and co-owner of the Bailey-McCune hardware stores with childhood friend Lee Bailey, and later as an accountant and salesman. When he was still very young the family returned to their home in Nephi. It was during his early years in elementary school that he was given the nickname "Happy" because of his good nature. It was later reduced to "Hap," the name by which he was known throughout his life. In junior high school he was recognized for his outstanding voice and participated in many musical productions, and played the leading role in his high school musical. He was a member of the basketball and track teams. He graduated from Nephi High School and attended Utah State Agricultural College and Brigham Young University before his two and a half year mission for the LDS Church in Samoa. He had a very successful mission, endearing himself to the natives by mastering the language as few visitors were able, to the extent that he spoke the "chief language" not commonly learned by the missionaries. He made a joyous return to Samoa with his wife on their 50th wedding anniversary. He was a faithful member of the Church his entire life and served in many callings, including branch president, stake clerk, counselor in stake presidencies, Sunday School superintendent, chorister, teacher, and member of the high council. As a young man he and his brother Jim sang duets at hundreds of wedding receptions, funerals, civic and church programs, and he gave service in quartets and as a soloist for more than 30 years. He married Grace Louise Jenkins on February 27, 1937, in the Salt Lake Temple. They lived and raised their five children in Utah and the Pacific Northwest. After retiring they lived in Springdale and West Jordan, Utah. His civic service included Ute Stampede Board of Directors, organizing some of Nephi's outstanding parades; chairman of the Juab County Centennial Celebration; scouting, governor of the Utah-Idaho District of Kiwanis; and numerous other community activities. He is survived by his wife, Grace; and his children, Kathryn Hurd of Estacada, Oregon; Tom (Beccy) and Mark (Sandy) of Omaha, Nebraska; Richard (Joyce) of Kearns; and Hal (Mary Ann) of Pendleton, Oregon; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grand-children. Special thanks to the staff at South Valley Health Care. Funeral services will be held at the Westland 10th Ward, 7645 South 3200 West, on Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 11:00 a.m., with a viewing that morning beginning at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be at the Nephi City Cemetery.