Retired Archuleta County Court Judge Bert Hyde passed away on April 26, 2012, at the age of 87, due to complications of pancreatic cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. He was born to Elsie Adams Hyde and Pleasant Daniel Hyde in Phoenix, Ariz., on July 7, 1924, as the 10th of 12 children. When he was 10 years old, his family moved to California, eventually settling in Palmdale. As he was nearing high school graduation, he enlisted in the Navy at the beginning of WW II. At that time, high schools gave their graduates early diplomas when they were enlisting in the armed services. He served for three-and-one-half years in the South Pacific. He first served in the armed guard on the SS Lamina and the SS Sabina. He then became a gunner’s mate on the USS Vincennes (CL-64) and returned home on the USS Lexington (CV-16), joining his brother, Joe, who was stationed on the Lexington. After being honorably discharged, he enrolled in college and graduated from the University of Southern California. In 1948, he met and married Elaine Meinhardt. He joined the Los Angeles Police Department where he served in many different divisions for 21 years.
After retiring from the Los Angeles Police Department, he moved his family to their ranch in Pagosa Springs in 1968. Later that year, he was appointed by Gov. John Love as the Archuleta County Court Judge, where he served for 27 years, retiring in 1995. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and later in life, became a member of Restoration Fellowship Church.
All of his life, Bert was a very hard worker, but he also loved sports, four-wheeling, golfing, hunting and working outdoors on his ranch. Bert and Elaine enjoyed traveling to many interesting places in the world. On their trip to Scotland, Bert was able to play a round of golf on the Old Course at St. Andrews, which he thoroughly enjoyed telling about. At the age of 80, he attended the World War II Memorial Dedication in Washington, D.C., and had the privilege to meet and shake hands with President Bush.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine, of 63 years, and their four children, Paula Williams of Colorado Springs, Tom Hyde and wife Brenda of Cathedral City, Calif., Dan Hyde and wife Denise of Newport Beach, Calif., and Julie Haslinger and husband Marc of Lake Forest, Calif.; 11 grandchildren: Jennie (Williams) Horner and husband Jason, and Michelle (Williams) Johnson and husband Nathan of Colorado Springs, Garrett Williams of Los Angeles, Calif., David Williams of Baton Rouge, La., Chad Hyde and wife Nicole of Long Beach, Calif., Amy Hyde of La Mirada, Calif., Jasmine and Chloe Hyde of Newport Beach, Calif., and Lauren, Emily and Olivia Haslinger of Lake Forest Calif.; four great-grandchildren, Isaiah Chavous, Lilly, Rosie and Anthony Johnson of Colorado Springs. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his 11 brothers and sisters and his son-in-law, John Williams.
Bert was a good provider and very loyal and dedicated to his family. He was very much loved by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and was a good grandpa to them all. He will be greatly missed by all his family.
His memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at 10 a.m. at the Restoration Fellowship Church at 264 Village Drive., in Pagosa Springs. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made in honor of Bert Hyde to Restoration Fellowship Church.