Kent Hull, Sr.

Commander Kent S. Hull, Sr., aged 75, of Santa Cruz died March 12th, 2017. He was born in Champaign, Illinois, the eldest son of Allan and Faye Hull. He was educated at the University of Chicago, as well as the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey and did later graduate work at Stanford University. He achieved the ranks of Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts and Commander in the United States Navy.
Cdr. Hull spent much of his career in the United States Navy as a pilot, flying squadron helicopters from various aircraft carriers as well as doing search and rescue in Vietnam for a year. He later began working in administrative duties, eventually specializing in Human Factors of Human and Machine Interfacing, where he worked on loan to NASA.
He was active in the Santa Cruz Fly Fishermen's Club, serving as Secretary and newsletter editor. The SCFF will long remember his detailed, lengthy minutes when he served as secretary. Once a month, we were treated to his dramatic readings of what took place at the previous meeting, marveling in how he was able to have recorded such detail, and sometimes embarrassed that he had. His service as newsletter editor was similarly precise and often verbose, necessitating extra postage to mail the print issues. It was this publisher's great pleasure to have served with him.
He was also on the Interim Board of Directors when his neighborhood purchased the privately owned water company and organized it as a non-profit mutual benefit corporation.
As a youth and a Boy Scout, Cdr. Hull had made many back-packing trips in the wilderness areas of the Sierras; as an adult, he relished returning to those areas to fly fish.
He leaves his wife Sharon, whom he married in 1965; his daughter Anne and her husband Conrad and cherished grandson Tobin of Santa Cruz; and his son Kent Jr. and his wife Christina of Martinez. He is also survived by his sister Rita and her husband Bob of Wayland, MA; and brother Dave and his wife Gretchen of Gig Harbor WA, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Stephanie and grandson Pippin.
Funeral services will be private. A memorial service will be held at a date as yet to be determined. E-mail plants@cruzio.com if you would like to be notified of date and time. Memorial gifts in Cdr. Hull's memory can be made to the Compassionate Friends of Santa Cruz, Compassionate Friends, The American Civil Liberties Union or to the Nature Conservancy.
Arrangements are being handled by Santa Cruz Memorial, Santa Cruz.