Salt Lake City, UT- George Kay Hardy, 95, of Salt Lake City, UT, passed away on February 10, 2021, at home surrounded by his wife and family members due to incidents of age. Kay was born November 1, 1925, in Bountiful, UT, to George Albert and Annette Tovey Hardy. He was the fourth of five children born to the Hardys. Kay attended his early school days in Bountiful and then attended Davis High School. He joined the Navy during WWII and afterwards served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Wales and Scotland.
In 1950, Kay married Mae Andersen and they were blessed with five children. They later divorced. He married Linda Handy in 1975 in Salt Lake City.
Kay attended the University of Utah and BYU where he earned a Masters Degree in Chemistry and Physics. He taught many years at Grantsville, Bountiful, Clearfield, and Viewmont High Schools. When he retired from Viewmont High School he was the Vice Principal of Curriculum. Kay worked very hard to support his family and also worked a second job at the Utah State Insurance Fund for many years.
Kay was a kind, friendly man who loved his family, cats and dogs, singing, playing the harmonica, going to Starbucks with his wife, and especially loved his hobby of woodworking. He spent many hours making cherished, wooden gifts for family and friends. He spent several of his last years making good friends in the Beehive House and with members of Rocky Mountain Home Care and Hospice.
Kay is survived by his wife, Linda, children, Annette Garland (Cecil), Kathryn Williams (Kent), Scott Hardy (Kathy), Margo Browne, Bryan Hardy (Tammy), as well as by 15 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Norma, LaVaun, Calva, and Max, son-in-law, Cecil, and grandson, Richie.
Kay, ever the scientist, donated his body to the University of Utah for research.
A Zoom memorial will held Thursday, February 18, at 7:00 PM. More details can be found on George Kay Hardy, Tammy Thain Hardy, and Annette Garland’s Facebook pages. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Over the years I have purposely looked for Mr. Hardy's obituary. Today I searched again and was sad to find it. I only wish I had made an effort to visit him through the years. I took Chemistry from him way back in 1966 at Viewmont High School. I remember with fondness the challenges he gave us and all that he tried to teach us. It was really a college level course where we really learned about physical chemistry and a myriad of topics as well as life lessons. We learned about electron orbitals. What described me was the lowest energy level, the 1s electron orbital. Some of these things I learned 55 years ago are still with me today. He was one of the very bright spots in a rather mediocre experience in high school. Thank you for the obituary write up. I was happy to to read it. May he rest in peace. I honor his memory!