HACKENSACK -- Fay L. Harrington, 77, Hackensack, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
He was born April 29, 1925, in Walker to Everett "Pat" and Laura Harrington. He graduated from Hackensack High School in 1943. He was drafted into the Army and served two and a half years in the 537th Light Pontoon Bridge Co., under George Patton. His unit built pontoon bridges that carried Allied troops and their equipment across rivers in France, Luxembourg and Germany during World War II. He was discharged and returned home on Jan. 1, 1946. He married Dorothy Groth on Sept. 20, 1952. They lived in Hackensack. He worked at the Cass County Land Department beginning in 1946. He served two years on the job training, scaling and cruising timber for the land department. In 1949, he joined the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Commission. He held the position of forester until he was appointed Cass County Land Commissioner in 1971. He retired from the department in 1985. During his term as land commissioner, he arranged for the county to set aside the more than 6000 acres of tax-forfeited land around Big Deep and Portage Lakes to form the Deep Portage Conservation Reserve. He was a member of the Isaac Walton League of America, Hackensack Post No. 202 of the American Legion and St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hackensack. He received numerous awards for his work in conservation and management of Minnesota's natural resources.
Survivors include his wife; five daughters, Cynthia Harrington, Los Angeles, Barbara Harrington, Northfield, Kristi Loftis, Maple Lake, Lynne Blomgren, Minneapolis, and Sue Toth, Edina; and five grandchildren.
His parents died earlier. His mother, Laura Harrington, died Dec. 20, 2002.
Services for both Fay, and his mother, Laura Harrington, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hackensack. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Hackensack at a later date. Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society in Bemidji or Deep Portage Conservation Reserve in Hackensack.
Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home in Pine River.
Friends may call an hour before services Saturday at the church.
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