MOUNT VERNON — Michael Lee Hall, Mount Vernon born and raised, Aug. 19, 1948-July 23, 2016, passed away at home at his ranch in Southern California from a sudden cardiac event.
He was preceded in death by his father, Hoy Ray Hall; mother, Ruth Elizabeth Hall; and sister, Norma Jean Hall-Tindall He is survived by wife, Kimberlie A. Hall; children by birth and marriage, Ashley Tristan Hall, Justin Ray Hall, Sandye Ward Ciprian and Ronald David Ward Jr.; grandchildren, Kai Bradley Ward, Avery Mae Ward, Carter Joseph Ciprian and Keenan Stone Ciprian; and siblings, Carolyn Joan Hall Bradley and Kendall Ray Hall (of Euless, Texas).
He grew up in Mount Vernon on Pittsburgh Avenue across from the roller rink by the river and the tracks, “Dogtown.”
Michael graduated from Mount Vernon High School, served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era (Stationed in Germany). He was an internationally acclaimed horseman, fondly remembering his time with training stables in Mount Vernon (Bob Hart). Michael’s horse training days allowed him to interact with those in the movie business when he spent time working for movie director, Mike Nichols and fondly remembered his afternoon eating strawberries in the ranch kitchen chatting with Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown). His memoirs included thank you notes from Bo Derrick and Wayne Newton and was very proud of the autograph of Louis Armstrong he acquired on the back of a stall card at a local horse show. He was very proud to have personally witness the ability of the Nationally know quarter horse “Mr. Gunsmoke.”
He worked at Lasma Arabian Horse Farms in many locations across the United States and particularly enjoyed being part of the team that worked with internationally known Arabian stud, Bask.
In 1978, Michael was charged with the duty of returning the Arabian stud “El Paso,” for transport to Poland. El Paso was the horse dubbed “the horse that money couldn’t buy.” During the period that El Paso was leased to the U.S. he attained his American National Champion Status.
Michael joined the Aerospace industry by way of Jim Hughes, who had himself at one time been in the horse business. Michael began his career in aerospace more than twenty years ago, finishing out his career as the general manager for Hughes Brothers Aircrafters in South Gate, Calif., as the Boeing Project Manager.
Michael was honored in California at Riverside National Cemetery on Aug. 3, 2016. The National Guard conducted the flag ceremony, gun salute and the playing of taps. More than 100 attendees followed from the cemetery to Michael’s ranch in Riverside, Calif., for the Grand Goodbye. Anyone further interested in the memorial of his life can view the Youtube memorial pictorial presentation that was seen at the “Grand Goodbye.” See the memorial pictorial presentation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvsk_bxcNYM.
Submitted by Kimberlie A. Hall.