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‘Friend of Golf,’ Carl Hulbert Passes Away

Carl Hulbert, a devoted friend of golf in several capacities, and a former President of the Salt Lake Country Club, passed away at his home and funeral services will be held Friday, at 1 the LDS Valley View Ward on 20th East and 39th South in Salt Lake City.

In the late 50s and early 60s he played in numerous amateur tournaments around the state and made it to match play in the Utah State Amateur on three different occasions. He also won numerous tournaments at the Country Club and participated in team events for the club. He was also a generous contributor to amateur and professional golf events.

Ron Branca, head professional at the club, said, “Carl was very popular and respected at the club. He was loyal and gracious to everyone and a big supporter of golf in many ways. I will always be grateful to him. When he was president of the club he played an important role in seeing that I got the opportunity to replace my dad as the head pro.”

Amadee Moran, General Manager of The Country Club, was also saddened by the passing of Hulbert, and said, “When I was hired to be the general manager he was my first president, and he was a pleasure to work with.  He was an ‘Old School’ leader who always did what he thought was best for the club regardless of differing opinions from friends. He was loyal and you could depend on his word.”

The obituary as printed in the Salt Lake Tribune is reprinted below.

Carl Arthur Hulbert


Carl Arthur Hulbert of Salt Lake City, Utah, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family.

Carl, we are sure, was met by the 'love of his life' Kathryn 'Deon' Robinson Hulbert to continue their journey together. Carl was born March 3, 1923, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Effie Lena Erickson and Arthur Davies Hulbert, the third of six children.

Carl attended South High School where he excelled at sports; he was on the All-City Basketball team for 2 years, lettered in Football, Tennis, and Basketball, and later refereed. He served as a Navy Pilot during World War II, upon his return he used the GI Bill to graduate from the University of Utah Law School in 1950. During this time he met Deon; they were married February 12, 1945 in Jacksonville, Florida, the marriage later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. Carl was the youngest Insurance Commissioner in the country, which lead to his lifelong career as an independent Insurance Consultant, working with all the major companies and as Western Counsel for the NAII and Allstate for many years.

Carl and Deon traveled extensively enjoying trips with their family and their many friends around the world. Carl was considered by many as a 'great' friend; he supported and helped many people in his life, staying true to them until the end. As much as he loved his family and friends, sports was a close second. Later golf became his passion; he was longtime member and served as President of the Salt Lake Country Club. He won numerous tournaments and enjoyed hours on the course teaching his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed attending car races with his family, and hunting and fishing with his boys.

Carl was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in various callings and had a strong testimony of the gospel. He had the privilege of baptizing and ordaining many of his grandchildren. Family was paramount to Carl, especially his grandchildren, although he had high expectations he was always present for them and had a special bond with each one. Carl took his job as a father seriously, he gave us guidance and support, encouragement, he had a generous spirit, and most of all he gave us love.

Carl is survived by his children: Kathryn Deon Penske (Roger), their children Mark Hulbert Penske (Lori, one great grandchild), Jay Carl Penske (Elaine, one great grandchild), Blair Hall (Brandon, five great grandchildren); JoAnn Hulbert-Eagan, her daughter Meghan J. Eagan (Ryan Heffernan, three great grandchildren); Steven Carl Hulbert (Cathy); David Robinson Hulbert (Buffy), their children Carl Alexander Hulbert, David Winston Hulbert, Kathryn Elizabeth Hulbert, Helen Lucy Hulbert; Jan Gatrell (Scott), their children Emily Deon Waldbillig (Trygg, three great grandchildren), Tory Hulbert Gatrell (Adriane, three great grandchildren), Jennifer Jan Nish (Martin); Michael Scott Gatrell; Carl Gordon Gatrell (Kelsey, one great grandchild); Shag Hulbert, his two children Carl and Taylor; and his sister Eleanor Barker.

Carl was preceded in death by his loving wife Deon, his parents Arthur and Effie, brothers Richard E. Hulbert, Gerald E. Hulbert, sisters Eda Katherine (Bunne) Fine, and Patricia Reynolds. The family would like to extend heartfelt 'Thanks' to those who cared for our Dad, especially Barbara Richardson, and Eric and the late Sue Martin.

The funeral service will be held at Valley View Ward, 2000 E 3900 S, Salt Lake City, Utah, on Friday, November 13, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. His interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah.


Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Nov. 12 to Nov. 13, 2015 – See more at: