Pierre Jr. Henry Haumont
Pierre Henry Haumont Jr. was the firstborn son of French immigrants Pierre H. Haumont Sr. and Martha Madeline Virey both of Paris, France. He was born Nov. 20, 1919 at a ranch between what is now known as Honda and Whiteriver in the White Mountains of Arizona.
He never met a stranger; making friends wherever he went. He traveled the world over, loving the adventure and newness of his experiences.
Mr. Haumont was an avid sportsman playing tennis in the Senior Australian Open in 1994. He hunted, fished and loved the out-of-doors, deserts and the mountains.
He loved anything with four wheels. In the ’50s he raced jalopies at Manzanita Race Way. He loved sand rails and quads; quading 40 or 50 miles until two weeks before his death.
He worked at many things, but for 30-plus years he owned Haumont Contracting, clearing rights of way for new highways or huge power lines.
He built six earth dams in the Mogollon Rim for the Fish and Game Department.
Mr. Haumont was a lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as a temple worker in the Los Angeles and the Mesa Temples and served a two-year mission in Quito, Ecuador.
His parents, four brothers and one sister preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene; son, Kenneth (Wanda) Haumont; daughters, Beverly (Max) Balthrop and Renee (Bill) Woods; 15 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.
A viewing was held Friday, Dec. 17 at Bunker’s University Chapel, 3529 E. University Dr. in Mesa. Services were Saturday, Dec. 18 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1455 N. Harris in Mesa.