John Roland Hall, a long time San Antonio resident and utility contractor, passed away on April 5, 2010, in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 85.

Hall was born on Dec. 28, 1924, in Piedras Negras, Mexico, and moved to Texas as a young boy. He served in the Navy as an airplane mechanic during WWII and was stationed at Naval Air Stations in Kingsville and Corpus Christi, Texas. His occupations included wrecker driver, Kelly Field worker, gas plant worker, and volunteer fireman and Public Works Director for the City of Portland, Texas.

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During the 1950s, as foreman and superintendent for San Antonio based J.C. Trueheart Construction Co., he installed water systems in small towns all over South Texas. In the early 1960s, Hall and partners formed their own companies, SACC Inc. and San Antonio Road Boring, where he remained until his retirement in 2003. He was a member of Associated General Contractors of America and past national president of the National Utility Contractors Association. He was an assistant Boy Scout leader and was inducted into the Order of Arrow.

Humor and laughter were his gifts and his Stetson hat was his trademark. He was preceded in death by, his mother and father; two brothers; and two sisters. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Julia Evelyn McCollum Hall; his daughter and son-in-law, Patsy and Jimmy McClelland of San Antonio; a grandson, Kyle McClelland of San Antonio; and a granddaughter, Jessica, and her husband Cody Dotson of Weatherford, Texas. He also leaves a sister and a brother along with numerous nieces and nephews.

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