Obituary- Harold S. ‘Hal’ Mapes |

Obituary- Harold S. ‘Hal’ Mapes

Memorial services will be Wednesday, May 30 in Sacramento, Calif., for Harold S. “Hal” Mapes, who died May 6, 2001, at Carmichael, Calif., following a lengthy illness. He was 69.

Mr. Mapes was born Oct. 5,1931, at Los Molinos, Calif., to Chester and Erma (Etchinson) Mapes. A man of many talents, he was first and foremost an educator whose influence positively impacted the lives of hundreds of students as a high school science instructor at Willows, Calif., from 1955 to 1957, Durham, Calif., 1957 to 1960 and South Lake Tahoe, 1960 to 1974. His efforts while employed with the Facilities Management Department at California State University, Sacramento, 1981 to 1996, were instrumental in the school receiving the APPA Regional Award for Excellence in Facillities Management in 1989. He retired as director of that department in 1996.

Mr. Mapes loved the great outdoors and his vast knowledge of ecological, geological and meteorological aspects of the Sierra Nevada was held in high regard by associates in the region. He was a skilled hunter and expert on wilderness survival. He loved to watch the ever-changing weather patterns in the sky and there was nothing better than a spectacular display of lightening during a thunderstorm. He was much loved by his family and will be greatly missed. As a tribute to Mr. Mapes memory his family encourages everyone to take time to seek out a former teacher or mentor who has been instrumental in his or her life and tell them thanks.

Survivors include his sons, Rick Mapes and Tracy Mapes and daughters, Lynn Schuff, Sherre Clancy and Becky Vidal, and all their families including 10 grandchildren; former wife, Barbara Mapes; brothers, Marion Mapes and Glenn Mapes; sister, Eunice Wilcox; aunt, Lena Tompkins; uncle, Bryon Shaw and their families. He was predeceased by his parents.

Memorial services will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 30 at the California State University, Sacramento Arboretum. Enter at “J” Street and ask at the information booth for directions to the prearranged parking.

Inquiries may be directed to Lynn Schuff at (916) 638-7400 or at

Arrangements are by Price Funeral Chapel, Citrus Heights, Calif.

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