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HSU supporter, baseball stadium namesake John Hunter dies

John and Tina Hunter

Longtime Hardin-Simmons University supporter of academics and athletics John Hunter passed away on Monday, December 31 in Abilene, university officials announced.

Hunter, 87, gave the money and steel from his company Salta Pipe to build HSU's baseball stadium, which opened in 1983. The stadium was named after Hunter, and is billed as one of the top baseball facilities in Division III.

Hunter was born in 1931 in Burkett, Texas, and married his wife Tina in Coleman, Texas, in 1952. The two were together for 67 years.

They moved to Abilene in 1960, and were members of the First Baptist Church.

Hunter gave generously to HSU, and he and Tina were also integral decision-makers with the university.

The couple has a long line of children, grandchildren and other family that have all attended HSU.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 3, at 3 p.m. at the Logsdon Chapel on the HSU campus with Dr. Lanny Hall, Rudy Fambrough and Dr. Tom Copeland officiating, according to the university.

The Hunter family suggests people to make monetary donations in John's honor to the John and Tina Hunter Endowed Scholarship. You can mail your donation to Hardin-Simmons University, PO Box 16100, Abilene, Texas, 79698.

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