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Harold E. Meier

Jun 24, 2012 Staff

Longtime Wyoming attorney and state legislator Harold E. Meier, formerly of Lander, died Sunday, June 17, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz.

He was 80 years old.

According to his wishes, cremation has taken place, and there will be a private family service.

Harold Ellswith Meier was born Feb. 6, 1932, in Denver, the only child of Henry A. Meier and Ruth (Winsor) Meier.

He grew up in Greybull, graduating from Greybull High School in 1951.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in geology in 1954, and then served in the U.S. Army Engineering Corps until 1956.

In 1959, Mr. Meier earned a juris doctorate degree from the University of Wyoming College of Law where he was the recipient of a Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation scholarship.

He married Joan Carrol Preis in 1958 and moved to Lander in 1959 to begin practicing law with the firm of Crofts, Mockler and Meier. For the next 18 years, Mr. Meier practiced law, serving as a Fremont County justice of the peace from 1959 to 1961, Lander city police judge from 1961 to 1962, Fremont County prosecuting attorney from 1962 to 1967, U.S. magistrate from 1967 to 1969, and state legislator from Fremont County from 1969 to 1977.

In the Wyoming Legislagture, he served as chairman of the management council 1976-77.

Mr. and Mrs. Meier moved to Casper in 1977, where he worked as vice president and general counsel for Teton Drilling and Exploration from 1977 to 1982 and was in private practice with the Casper law firm of Schwartz, Bonn, McCrary and Walker.

Following his marriage to Suzanne Braden on July 5, 1985, Mr. Meier moved to Sheridan and practiced law with Lonabaugh and Riggs.

In 1999, Mr. and Mrs. Meier moved to Cheyenne, where he worked with the Wyoming attorney general's office as head of the tax division and was senior partner with Meier Law Office, PC.

Most recently, Mr. Meier served as counsel for the firm Hathaway and Kunz, P.C., in Cheyenne.

Mr. Meier was a member of the Wyoming State Bar, the American Bar Association, the Wyoming Trial Lawyers and the Uniform Laws Commission.

He served as president of the Lander One-Shot Antelope Hunt, the Wyoming Mining Association, and the Wyoming State Bar Foundation. He was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Wyoming, College of Law in 2009.

Mr. Meier is survived by his wife, Suzanne Braden Meier; his three children, Scott W. Meier and wife Kathryn of Cheyenne, Celia A. Meier-Ando and husband Gary of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Douglas C. Meier and wife Kimberly of Big Horn; two step-children, Douglas Braden of Ida-ho and Brandy Braden of Mont-ana; five grandchildren, Michael A. Meier, Jake D. Ando, Patrick R. Meier, Lacie S. Ando and Philip C. Meier.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry A. Meier and Ruth (Winsor) Meier.

Memorials may be given to the charity of the donor's choice or the National Parkinson Found-ation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

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