Weekly newspaper of Three Rivers, California, and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

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Robert Hall: 1950 ~ 2017

Raised, educated in Three Rivers

 

Robert Demmitt Hall, a fourth-generation Californian, died Thursday, April 20, 2017. He was 67. 
 
A memorial celebration of Robert’s life will be held Saturday, April 29, 1 p.m., at Hull’s Chapel, 1139 Saranap Ave., Walnut Creek.
 
Robert was born to Gladys and Darrell Hall in Lancaster, Calif. In 1952, the family acquired a 1,000-acre cattle ranch in Three Rivers; they relocated to Three Rivers in 1954. 
 
Robert grew up on the ranch and attended Three Rivers Union School, Woodlake High School, and College of the Sequoias in Visalia.
 
While attending Woodlake High School, Robert was active in sports and student affairs. As business manager of the WHS yearbook, he distinguished himself by breaking a decade-old record for advertising sales.
 
In addition to his studies and other activities at COS, Robert drove the college school bus between Three Rivers and Visalia, a round-trip of 90 miles each day.
 
In 1970, two months before his graduation from COS, Robert suffered a debilitating car accident that required months of recovery and left him severely injured and dependent upon his parents for many more years. 
 
Then, in 1990, tragedy struck a second time. An accident that occurred while cutting a tree with his chainsaw left Robert with more permanent injuries. 
 
In 1997, he left his home in Three Rivers when it was destroyed by fire. Since then, Robert has lived in Walnut Creek.
 
Notwithstanding the limitations resulting from his various misfortunes, Robert has served as an inspirational example of the human capacity for triumph over adversity. In an age of entitlement, Robert never felt disadvantaged and never complained. 
 
He never stopped trying to improve himself and always maintained a positive mental attitude. He continually looked for work; but if he wasn’t working, he volunteered. He did everything from keeping the weeds pulled in the community garden to collecting recyclables.
 
Being involved in school was also important to Robert. But if he couldn’t get into regular classes, he would sign up for a gym class. When he was no longer able to go to the gym, he had a personal trainer come to his apartment three days a week. 
 
He also loved to go out to football games, but when that became more difficult he would watch it on TV. You could always count on Robert to call and check to see if you were watching the Niners.
 
Robert was a popular resident at the Walnut Creek Manor, where he loved bingo, swimming, riding his tricycle around the sidewalks, and socializing with anyone who would stop and talk. He had a great sense of humor and finished every sentence with a quip or witty punchline.
 
Robert was also an inspirational member of the Walnut Creek Christian Science Church, which he attended regularly. He was a hit among the women, several who took turns picking him up to bring him to church. 
 
He relied heavily on prayer to pursue better conditions for himself and regularly expressed deep gratitude for even the most incidental experiences of faith. To all who knew him, he lived as a soaring example of a spirit that never gave up.
 
Robert will be missed by all his friends and family, including his brother and sister-in-law, Merle and Bonnie Hall, of Lafayette; sister Marilyn Riegelhuth of Walnut Creek; and his four nephews and three nieces.
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