Jeff D. Hardin
Jeff D. Hardin
  • May 10, 1933 - January 1, 2018
  • Wickenburg, Arizona

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Jeff Hardin of Wickenburg, Arizona passed away in his home on January 1, 2018 at the age of 84. Jeff, also known as J.D. by some of his closest friends, was born in "God's Country," as he consistently referred to his beloved home state of Arizona, on May 10, 1933. After graduating from Buckeye High School, he attended Northern Arizona University for a year before serving in the military where he was stationed in France from 1955-57. He received an honorable discharge and was very proud of being a veteran. He went on to attend the University of Arizona where he received a degree in civil engineering in 1959. Early on in his career as a civil engineer he designed and constructed freeways in California and Arizona before he discovered his true passion: building golf courses. Working as a golf course architect, first for Del E. Webb, Inc., and then for his own firm, Jeff D. Hardin, Inc., he built myriad original golf courses in Hawaii, California, Nevada, and Arizona. Jeff loved being surrounded by the quiet, vast space of the Southwestern landscape. He spent his last years retired, living in his desert retreat outside of Wickenburg, where he enjoyed feeding the birds, watching wildlife and sports, and acting as a genealogical detective, writing histories of the extensive-sometimes notorious, always adventurous-Hardin family and relations. In his last years, he enjoyed road trips to Yarnell with his good friend Jim and was grateful for the assistance and companionship of his accomplice in grocery shopping, pie eating, and fudge making, Phoebe. He was also fond of having lunch with his best friend, Bob Bolsby. Jeff lived with strength and determined independence until his last breath. His generosity, stories, and humor will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Jeff was predeceased by his parents, Buster and Gladys Hardin. Brothers - Wayne Thomason and Dick Thomason. Sisters- Shirley Lee Hardin Wheaton and Janette Evelyn Hardin Brisbin Amator, and his daughter Cathy Hardin. He is survived by his children, who were loved fiercely and devotedly by him: daughters, Christine Hardin and Susan Hardin, and son, Jeff Hardin. He is also grieved by two grandchildren, Taylor Hardin and Wesley Winter, ex-wife, Sandra Hardin, daughter-in-law, Jenny Mueller, and the entire Mueller family. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Visitation begins at 12:30pm and the Service at 1:30pm. Service and Burial are being arranged by and held at Greenwood Memory Lawn Mortuary & Cemetery, 719 N. 27th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85509. Please refer questions to them at 602-272-5639.