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Bruce Hass '60 April 6, 2021 11:53 AM updated: April 6, 2021 11:57 AM

Bruce Stuart Hass
October 5, 1938 - September 12, 2020

Bruce Stuart Hass was born October 5, 1938, in Elmhurst, Illinois, to Wilmon and Nona Hass. Consummately curious, Bruce enjoyed learning, and especially enjoyed reading about and discussing history and religion. He spent many hours contemplating big and small questions alike. He passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of September 12, 2020.

After high school, Bruce served in the Marines, then studied mathematics at Texas A&M University. He graduated in 1961 and returned to Illinois to work at Argonne National Laboratory. There he met his first wife, Sally Vierling, and married her in 1964. They settled in Austin, then Bryan, Texas. In the 12 years that followed, Bruce earned a doctorate in Biochemistry-Biophysics, the family joined the LDS Church, and the couple welcomed six children into the world.

Through his first marriage and early fatherhood, Bruce worked in Illinois, Tennessee, Texas, and eventually Arkansas, where he was a researcher at the National Center for Toxicological Research. In 1989, he and Sally divorced.

In 1990, he married Sharon Neslen Scanlan in Salt Lake City, and they resided in Little Rock, Arkansas. They enjoyed 30 years of laughter, companionship, and love, moving in retirement to Washington state and finally to Oregon. They immensely enjoyed their time in Washington and Oregon and cherished each gathering and shared moment with their adult children and grandchildren.

Their faith and participation in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the guiding force in Bruce and Sharon’s marriage. Among his callings as a priesthood holder were scoutmaster, seminary teacher, and bishop. He and Sharon also experienced the joy of serving people together in church welfare and educational programs.

A strong believer in constant improvement, Bruce returned to school to earn a Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1996. He and Sharon reveled in their time at the Southern Virginia University, where Bruce continued his love for teaching and scientific thinking.

Grandpa was known for loving chess, a good hockey game, warm socks, lemon meringue pie, and surprising conversation. He was quick to laugh and appreciated the joy and humility so universal in the human condition.

He was not a fan of sloppy thinking, early morning meetings, or yard work.

He is survived by his wife Sharon, his sister Melody, his six children, two stepchildren, 17 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and three nephews. His life will inspire, and he will continue to be loved and cherished in memory by all.


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