Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

July 7, 2016
Giving Back

Sid Hullinger continues tradition started by McFarland and Hullinger’s founders 

During the past 80 years, McFarland and Hullinger has built a legacy of giving back to the Tooele community it calls home.

That legacy continues to the present day, with Sid Hullinger playing a major role for the division of Broken Arrow that carries his father’s name.

“It started out with my dad and his partner. Since I got involved in the company, I’ve been involved in giving for a long time because I learned it from my father,” said Hullinger, who has served as senior vice president of the McFarland and Hullinger trucking and mining division since 1997. “I believe in giving back to the community and Broken Arrow/McFarland and Hullinger continues to do that.”

McFarland and Hullinger was purchased by Broken Arrow in the late 1990s, but the company continues to work with local youth programs. Perhaps the company’s best-known contribution was its efforts to help start youth baseball in Tooele after the once-popular adult baseball league started to fade away.

The McFarland and Hullinger baseball team became known for its success on the field and the coveted jackets that players proudly wore.

The company made a major contribution to the construction of the baseball field at Elton Park, with the younger Hullinger working on the project himself before the youth program got underway in 1955.

“It was like a mini Dirks Field,” Hullinger said. “My dad and Fet (McFarland) had a lot to do with getting it going because they provided equipment. I got involved with it simply because my dad said, ‘OK, you’ve got a choice. You either go to church with your mother on Sunday or you work on the Little League park.’ I said, ‘I don’t want to do either,’ and he said, ‘that’s not an option.’ So I chose the Little League park.

“That park was wonderful, and people in the community still remember playing for McFarland and Hullinger.”

The “Mac and Hac” baseball team may have been the most public of the company’s contributions to the community, but there were many things that McFarland and Hullinger did that went unnoticed by most. They sponsored local queen pageants and also reached out to those in need.

“They had an airplane for many years, and they’d pick up people who were sick in outlying areas,” Hullinger said. “They didn’t just serve here — they had operations in Arizona, Colorado and different places. Whatever came up, if somebody needed help, they’d help them.”

The company also contributed to the creation of the local stock show. The owner of Broken Arrow, Steven Bunn, will be the auctioneer of the stock show for the 50th year in 2016. It was an event that Hullinger’s father, Sid Sr., regularly attended in an attempt to bid everybody up. Usually, he walked away with a sizable amount of beef, Sid Jr. recalled.

The company was recognized for its contributions to the community several times over the years. In 1977, McFarland and Hullinger received a Good Samaritan Award sponsored by the Transcript Bulletin, as well as a statewide award sponsored by the Salt Lake Public Communications Council of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and KTVX.

Both Sid Hullinger Sr. and Fet McFarland Sr. served as mayor of their hometown of Ophir, where the Hullinger family still owns a home. The elder Hullinger also served two terms on the school board, most of which was spent as the board’s chairman. During his tenure, the board oversaw construction of Tooele Junior High School and Harris Elementary School. But Sid Sr. refused then-superintendent Sterling Harris’ request that he run for a third term, noting that he felt that two terms was as much as anyone should be in any political position.

Sid Jr. has shied away from politics, opting instead to serve on various committees despite the attempts of others on several occasions to get him to run for a spot on the Tooele City Council.

“I don’t like being involved in what happens in politics,” he said.

Hullinger was appointed to the Utah Citizen’s Advisory Commission on Chemical Weapons Demilitarization by then-Gov. Mike Leavitt. He received a citation from Gov. Gary Herbert upon the completion of the commission’s work in 2012. He has also served on the county level Citizens Advisory Council on Privatizing the Tooele Army Depot Vehicle Maintenance Facility after it was closed by the Base Relocation and Closure Commission; was a member of the advisory board for the Pine Canyon Boys Ranch for three years and also served on the Wasatch Front Private Industry Council that helped secure training for those looking for jobs.

In Nevada, he chaired a United Way drive and the White Pine County Adult Education Council, was a member of the United Way board of directors and served on the Board of Directors for Eastern Nevada Community College. In 1972 he was named Outstanding Young Man of the Year for White Pine County and the state of Nevada.

While his work life has slowed down at age 77, Hullinger remains active with the Barrick Foundation that awards about 10 scholarships a year to students at Tooele, Stansbury and Grantsville high schools.

“We look for kids who ought to have gotten (a scholarship) but didn’t,” he said. “We’ve kind of filled in the gap there. We don’t give big scholarships — maybe $500 or $1,000.”

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