Edwin Lewis Hunt, 79, of Snowflake passed away on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, surrounded by his loved ones. Funeral services will be held 10 o’clock this morning (Nov. 19) at the Snowflake Stake Center, located at Ninth South Second West. The services will be preceded by a visitation at 9 a.m.
He was born on May 2, 1935, in Snowflake.
Edd was a natural leader who was fun loving and always had a story to tell.
He was an accomplished athlete from high school through all his college years, lettering in basketball, baseball and football at Snowflake Union High School and Eastern Arizona College, as well as football at Brigham Young University, where he received a full ride scholarship. He also played AAA baseball in Provo, Utah, where he acquired the nickname Ozark Ike, which he is still known by to this day.
Edd’s life was a busy one being a farmer, rancher, pig farmer and business owner. He designed and built the original nine-hole golf course in Snowflake. He owned and operated Edd Hunt’s Steakhouse at the Snowflake Inn for 20 years before moving on to St. Croix, Virgin Islands, where he renovated The Reef golf course.
He loved being in the woods, hunting, fishing, and camping with family and friends, where he was always the camp cook. This began the love of cooking at home with his own special touch that was only Edd’s.
He was married to the love of his life, Beverly Jean Hunt, for 57 years and the patriarch of a large, close knit family consisting of six children, 21 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Joni Hunt Davis; and his son, Edwin Lewis Hunt Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly; and son Johnny Mark Hunt (Janet), daughter Jackie Yarn (Ben), daughter-in-law Allyson Hunt, son Kelly Hunt (Andie) and daughter Jodie Martin.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Snowflake was in charge of the arrangements.