Hardyn Soule used to be involved in so many professional and civic organizations, he hardly had a night to spend at home with his wife and kids.
Eventually, it became too much.
“He said, ‘I’m not spending any time with my family,’” remembered his son, Chuck, 60, of Gig Harbor. “He cut back. He tried very hard to keep a balance between family and community.”
That’s part of his legacy now that he’s gone, his son said. The elder Soule died on Thanksgiving Day at 94.
He spent 27 years as a judge, serving in Pierce County Superior Court and the state Court of Appeals.
He presided over some memorable trials, including one in which a man faced arson charges for burning the famed Top of the Ocean restaurant, Chuck Soule said.
Earlier in his career, Hardyn Soule worked as a Pierce County deputy prosecutor and later went into private practice.
In the late 1930s, he worked for the U.S. Department of Justice and helped acquire land for Olympic National Park, his son said.He was involved in numerous community groups, including Tacoma YMCA and Boy Scouts of America. A music fan, he also played the bagpipes with the Clan Gordon Pipe Band and Washington Scottish Pipe Band.
He was a caring father who was involved in his children’s lives and activities, Chuck Soule said.
“His legacy, I think, has to do with community service and placing value on family,” he said.
The elder Soule was born in Tacoma and graduated from Stadium High School in 1933. He earned his law degree from the University of Washington.
He’s survived by his wife, Edith Spellman Soule, four children, two stepchildren and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His first wife, Betty, died in 1989.
A memorial service will be held in Sequim, where Soule made his home after retiring from the bench. Details haven’t been finalized.
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