Paul Johnson Hare, 86, of Salem, Utah, died Sunday from complications of cancer. December 25, 2022. Paul He was born on November 9, 1936 in Salem, Utah to Delamar B. Hare and Zelma Johnson Hare. He grew up in Spanish Fork, UT and graduated from Spanish Fork High School and Theological Seminary in May 1955. In Geneva he worked for two years at Steel (Ironton factory) and then in Northern California he left for an LDS mission. Upon his return, he attended his BYU and then worked for Taylor Carpet & Furniture Co., managing a Spanish folk store for 22 years. He also worked in the Orem store for three years.
Paul married Karen Lucas on August 19, 1959, in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of her six children and her 27 grandchildren and her 25 great-grandchildren, with three more to be added by her.
After their marriage, they lived in Spanish Fork for six years, where they had three children. In November 1965, they moved to Salem, Utah, where she has lived for over 40 years.
In July 1983, Paul was hired as the City Recorder/Administrator for the City of Salem. He retired on November 9, 2001 after serving 18 and a half years. Paul served in many church callings. He served as elders quorum president, quorum of 70 members, 3 stake missions, 3 full-time missions, 3 of which Karen served in the Albuquerque, New Mexico and Winnipeg, Canada missions. I also served in a mission. Paul served on the high council of the Salem Utah Stake, bishop of the Salem Third Ward, and branch president of the Provo MTC. His leader of the Salem Knoll Park Ward and Payson 18 Ward High Priests Group. He loved working in the Provo Temple for 14 years and in the Payson Temple as an ordinance worker for 2 years.
Paul served eight years in the Utah National Guard, four of those years in the reserve. He was a member of the Spanish Folk Kiwanis Club and served as president in 1967. He loved doing service with other members of the Spanish Fork area. He raised horses and cattle on a small farm just north of Salem. But his true love was to his wife Karen, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and to be a family forever.
Paul is survived by his wife, Karen, and five children, David (Rhonda) Hare and Salem. Kevin (Crystal) Hare, American Folk, Sherilyn (Brian) Wright, Enoku Yuta, Bryce (Sherri) Hare, Litchfield, Alison (Kevin) Coyle in his Salem. 1 brother, Roy (Linda) Hair, Springville, another half-brother of his, Lynn Brough of Nephi, 1 sister-in-law, Joan (Christensen) Hair, Spanish Fork. He was survived by his parents, sister Ira Jean Dixion, four brothers Allen D. Hare, Earl Hare, R. Garth Hare, Eldon J. Hare, and son Boyd L. Hare. I was.
All services are held at:
Second Ward Chapel
60 South Main
Viewing: December 28 (Wednesday) 6:00pm-8:00pm (Second Ward Chapel)
The funeral will be held on Thursday, December 29th at 11:00 am and can be viewed from 9:45 am to 10:45 am (Ward 2 Chapel).
Burial will take place at Salem City Cemetery
The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Walker Funeral Home, Caring Hearts and Harmony Hospice for their tender care during this difficult time.
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