“Meet Elder Robert D. Hales,” Friend, Jan. 2016, 13
He was born on August 24, 1932, in New York. He and his brother and sister liked to helptheir father build fishponds and rock gardens in their wooded yard.
As a boy, he spent two summers working on his uncle’s ranch in Skull Valley, Utah. He helped round up wild horses, bale hay, and care for the animals.
He pitched a no-hitter in high school baseball.
After he graduated from college, he joined the United States Air Force as a jet fighter pilot.
He and his wife, Mary Crandall, were married in the Salt Lake Temple on June 10, 1953.
His career in business took him and his family to England, Germany, and Spain.