Harold R. Wing
March 5, 1940 ~ August 6, 2012
Harold R. Wing, loving father, entrepreneur, mentor and humanitarian, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and loved ones on Monday, August 6, 2012. He was born in Springville, Utah, March 5, 1940. Hal, as he preferred to be called, led a life dedicated to hard work and service to his family, business, nation, community and church. Hal and his wife Brigitte Mayer Wing raised seven children.
As a young couple with four young children (Art, Doug, Christina, and Heidi), Hal and Brigitte adopted his deceased brothers three children. Always a great example and teacher of a strong work ethic, Hal taught his children to be honest and to respect all people.
Hal held numerous positions in, and with his wife, served multiple missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. With an unwavering belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ, Hal lived his life upholding its standards and principles.
As Founder and Chairman of the Board of Wing Enterprises, makers of the Little Giant Ladder Systems, Hal genuinely loved each and every one of his employees and they loved him in return. Hal also served in both Ronald Reagans and George H.W. Bushs administrations as a representative at several national conferences on small business. He was elected Mayor of Springville, Utah, and served on the panel of the Mountainland Association of Government Regional Review Committee. Hal was named the National Republican Party Committees Businessman of the Year in 2003 and again in 2006. He received the 2006 National Entrepreneur of the Year award from Ernest & Young and the Business of the Year award from the Utah County Commission for his companys contributions to the Utah economy.
In October 2010, Hal became only the fourth person inducted into the Utah Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame. Hal served on the local Wells Fargo board of directors and regularly spoke at university and education institutions. In May 2011, Hal was awarded an honorary doctorate of business by Utah Valley University.
Hal always looked for people in need and tried to ease their pain. He lived his life with the belief where much is given much is expected. In addition to providing countless acts of anonymous service, Hal supported various charitable organizations including the LDS Church and multiple educational establishments and scholarship funds. He had a special place in his heart for the American Indian Services and Utah Highway Patrols Honoring Heroes Foundation.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 11 at 11:00 am at the LDS Spring Creek South Stake Center in Springville, Utah (350 North 400 East). A viewing will be held Friday, August 10 from 5:00 9:00 pm at the Wheeler Mortuary in Springville (211 East 200 South). There will be no public viewing held on the day of services. The Wing Family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to UHPs Honoring Heroes Foundation at www.utahfastpass.org.
August 9, 2012, 3:53 pm-
Dear Brigitte and family,
David and I would like to express our deepest sympathy for the loss of Hal. We hope that your wonderful memories of him will bring you comfort and peace at this difficult time. We are thinking of you and praying for you every day.
I am honored to have known Hal as an incredible boss and fellow church member. He was one of the nicest people I have encountered in all the years I’ve spent working for others. I remember how nervous I was the first time I actually ran into him in the office. He flashed that great smile of his and shook my hand and made me feel like he had known me his whole life. I have been impressed by Hal ever since. I will always appreciate the years I worked at Wing Enterprises and the wonderful atmosphere that you and Hal provided for us employees there. Hal had such a kind heart and friendly nature.
We will always be grateful to Hal for giving us such good advice about achieving our dreams and for always sharing with us the fresh vegetables from your garden in the summertime. Whenever I saw or spoke with Hal, I looked forward to hearing the latest stories about your children and grandchildren-he was so proud of them and loved to discuss all of their accomplishments. He is a treasure that will be sorely missed.
We will miss Hal very much and we feel blessed and honored to have been able to spend a few years with him.
Stacy and David Stone
- Stacy Stone
August 8, 2012, 12:16 pm-
Dear Brigitte And Family
I am truly saddened and shocked by Hal death. Hal was more than just a friend to me and to my entire family; He was an amazing person. He was always so kind and considerate to me and my family that we always welcomed by him at every opportunity.
His passing will not only leave a void in our lives, but in the hearts of everyone who knew him. Hal memory will always remain deep within my heart, I will never forget him.
I am always here for you and your family at a moment's notice.
My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you.
With deepest sympathy,
Bekele Mamo (UK)
- Bekele Mamo
August 8, 2012, 1:34 am-
Hal did MUCH for my family. From merciful giving and comfort through great trials, to compliments on my feeble attempts at working on old cars, Hal gave much to me and my family, and to so many others.