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Friendly City says goodbye to ‘larger than life’ local legend

FORTUNA- The man who brought tourism to the Friendly City, revitalized community gatherings and breathed life into the small town, was remembered today in Fortuna.

“He was an amazing guy that he loved life, he loved people, he loved his community and everything that was involved with it and he started a lot of the events that are huge,” said Lisa Hummel, daughter of Hal Hummel.

Hal Hummel passed away Wednesday, November 5 at the age of 74. Honored as a citizen of the year, Hummel formerly served as president of the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce and started the chamber office for tourists to get maps and information.

Hummel was also on the rodeo board for several years, during that time helping to double the length of the rodeo parade to what it is today. And Hummel played a big role in the lives of local youth, as an active supporter of FFA and 4-H. He is remembered for his always-present smile and kindness towards all.

“Dad really did have that zest, that smile was real, that he really did love every minute of being here,” said Lisa Hummel. “He was as genuine as he came across. He was that interested in you and what you were doing.”