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David C. Hurlbut

October 5, 1940 March 18, 2012
David C. Hurlbut
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St. Albans - Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) David C. Hurlbut, of St. Albans passed away Sunday March 18, 2012, with his loving family at his side. He was born October 5, 1940, in St. Albans, the son of Arnold C. Hurlbut and Irene E. Jarvis. He attended St. Mary's grade school and graduated from Bellows Free Academy High School in 1958, in St. Albans. He began his military career while a senior at Bellows Free Academy. He joined the U.S. Navy reserve in Burlington in 1957; he then went on active duty in December 1958. He served on two aircraft carriers, the USS Tarawa CVS 40 and the USS Saratoga CVA 60. He remained in the Navy reserve while attending Champlain College in Burlington. After graduating from Champlain College, he obtained his officer's commission in 1964. In the fall of 1964 attended pilot training at Moody AFB in Valdosta, GA, where their youngest daughter Kimberly was born. Upon graduating from pilot training in 1965, he returned home to Vermont. At the time, the Vermont Air National Guard,(VTANG) was phasing out the F-89 and transitioning to the F-102 interceptor. In October of 1965 he attended F-102 Interceptor Training at Perin AFB, in Sherman Texas. Then after returning to the VTANG, in 1966 he was placed on alert orders six months at a time and remained in the VTANG until his retirement in May of 1995. During those years he served as Air Technician Flying Training Instructor and Operations Officer. He became Squadron Commander in 1974 and led a Team Sprit deployments to South Korea in 1978 flying the EB-57, the deployment then became known as Herbie's Heros, after Dave's nickname "Herbie". He then became the Command Post Chief of Safety in 1995. He was a Command Pilot with over 5800 hours of flying the F-102, EB-57, F-4, and the F-16 fighter and other support aircraft. During his career he attended many advance courses including Weapons Instructors Course at Tyndall AFB in 1969, Air Command and Staff College in resident at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, AL in 1976, and air War College in seminar at Burlington in 1984. He received many awards and decorations. He retired in May 1995, and will be remembered by all as a fighter pilot. After retiring, David added an addition to his home in St. Albans with the help from his brother-in-law, Peter Quebec. Then he worked the next three years building houses with his son-in-law, Paul Bean in Georgia, VT. He also enjoyed researching his ancestors and has added over 4,000 names to the family tree. He was also an avid golfer and a member on the board of Directors at the Champlain Country Club for several years, around the turn of the century and for the past few years he shot archery with his daughter and grandchildren. He spent a lot of time at camp with his big family. David was predeceased by his parents, Arnold C. Hurlbut (1962) and Irene E. Jarvis (2005). He leaves his wife of fifty-one years, Sandra Lee Quebec: his daughter, Natalie Ann and her husband, Paul Bean, grandchildren, Christopher Bean and Derek Bean and great-grandchildren, Madison, Cameron and Brayden; his daughter, Kimberly Marie Parisi and her former husband, Matthew Parisi II, grandchildren, Mathew III, Dominique, Francesca, Benjamin and David. He is also survived by his brother, Jack Hurlbut and his wife, Sarah, and leaves several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. David’s family would like to thank the staff at The Arbors for the care and support he and his family received during his stay. Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Friday, March 23, 2012, from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 24th at 11:00 A.M. at Holy Angels Catholic Church on Lake Street. Interment with military honors will follow in the Hurlbut family lot in the St. Albans Bay Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478. Messages of condolence to David's family are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.

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