Bert Hyde

Bert Hyde

Retired Archuleta County Court Judge Bert Hyde died of complications of pancreatic cancer and Alzheimer’s disease Thursday, April 26, 2012, in Colorado Springs. He was 87.

Mr. Hyde was born to Pleasant Daniel and Elsie Adams Hyde on July 7, 1924, in Phoenix. He was the 10th of 12 children. When he was 10, his family moved to California, eventually settling in Palmdale.

As he was nearing high school graduation, he enlisted in the Navy at the beginning of World War II. At that time, high schools gave early diplomas to students who were enlisting in the armed services.

Mr. Hyde served for 3½ years in the South Pacific, first in the armed guard on the SS Lamina and the SS Sabina. He then became a gunner’s mate on the USS Vincennes and returned home on the USS Lexington, joining his brother, Joe, who was stationed on the Lexington.

After being honorably discharged, Mr. Hyde graduated from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

In 1948, he married Elaine Meinhardt in Lakewood, Calif. He joined the Los Angeles Police Department, where he served in several different divisions during his 21-year career.

After his retirement from the LAPD, the Hyde family moved to their ranch in Pagosa Springs in 1968, which they had purchased five years earlier. Later that year, Mr. Hyde was appointed by Gov. John Love as the Archuleta County Court Judge, a position he held for 27 years. He retired in 1995.

Mr. Hyde was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Restoration Fellowship Church in Pagosa Springs.

“All of his life, Bert was a very hard worker, but he also loved sports, four-wheeling, golfing, hunting and working outdoors on his ranch,” his family said. “Bert and Elaine enjoyed traveling to many interesting places in the world.”

On their trip to Scotland, Mr. Hyde played a round of golf on the Old Course at St. Andrews, which became a favorite story. At the age of 80, he attended the World War II Memorial Dedication in Washington, D.C., and met President Bush.

Mr. Hyde is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elaine Hyde, of Pagosa Springs; children Paula Williams of Colorado Springs, Tom Hyde of Cathedral City, Calif., Dan Hyde of Newport Beach, Calif., and Julie Haslinger of Lake Forest, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2012, at the Restoration Fellowship Church, 264 Village Drive in Pagosa Springs.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Restoration Fellowship Church, 264 Village Drive, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.