On the morning of December 10, 2023 our beloved Emmet Albert Hof (67) passed away in his home in Clearfield Utah.
Emmet was born August 15, 1956 to Fred W & Viola Hof, in Madison South Dakota. A few years later the family moved to Black Hawk South Dakota where Emmet was raised Along the way he made several lifetime friends and met the love of his life Patty Hof. They married on March 1, 1974. They continued to live in the Rapid City area for a few years and then moved to Gillette, Wyoming. In 1980 they found their way to Utah where they put down roots and raised their family.
Emmet worked for Levolor for a few years. After that he began working for McDonnell Douglas who later became Boeing. Emmet worked for Boeing for over 30 years and was still working for them at the time of his passing. Emmet was a fabrication specialist at Boeing and for the past few years he was working with the assembly team. Emmet loved his Boeing family and talked about them all the time so we felt like we knew them. He made many friends while working at Boeing. I want to give a special thanks to those that have worked with him the past 4 years and gave him some normalcy and comfort after the passing of his wife.
Emmet enjoyed many things including gardening, hunting, fishing and camping but most of all loved music. He was always around music, listening and/or playing music. He began playing the viola in his family quartet at a fairly young age and then teaching himself to play the guitar, he would later on move to the bass guitar which is what he was most known for.
In his late teens he played bass with Misery River and had many adventures with Jack Albrecht, Mike Barnett and Dennis Barnett. The four of them were “Friends closer than Brothers” and stayed in contact with one another for over 50 years.
While in Utah he played with many people and bands. The most recent band was Whitewater with Pat Balough, Russell Packer and Dusty Wadsworth. The bond between him and his bandmates is and will continue to be strong and forever.
Emmet’s love of music was passed down to his grandson Branden Hunt and he will continue carrying on that special part of Emmet.
Emmet was a family man. He loved spending time with his family near and far and would do anything for his family. He also loved his four legged friends he had during his life. They were all envied by others including some humans. He used to say to people that told him that he spoiled his dogs: “What else are you supposed to do with them”.
Emmet was always telling stories, offering his opinion or giving advice. He had multiple interests and hobbies that always helped to bridge the generation gap no matter who he was around. This was an amazing gift he had that made it possible to touch the lives of so many.
He lived a full life in his short amount of time with us. He is now with those that passed on before him. His wife of 45+ years Patty Hof, Daughter Angela McCalmant, Great Grandson Ethan Jay Antes, Parents Fred and Viola Hof. Brother's Fred D. Hof and Charles (Chuck) Hof.
Those that are left behind to carry on and pass down memories are his Daughter Patty Hunt, Sisters Esther (Mel) Bender, Tamara (David) Ader, 4 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, son-in-law Jason McCalmant and many nieces, nephews and cousins along with friends old and new.
Dad, brother, grandpa, great grandpa, uncle, brother-in-law, father-in-law, and friend. You may be gone but you'll never be forgotten. Until we meet again, rest in peace Emmet.
Viewing will be held Monday, December 18, 2023 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Lindquist Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Road, Layton. Cremation will be done and he will be laid to rest with his wife and daughter at a later date in Black Hawk, SD.
In lieu of flowers, I would love to have you bring or send a written memorable time with my Dad so I can compile them for his grand and great grandkids so that they can forever know what kind of man he was.