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Serviceman dies in Iraqi conflict

Members in southeast Idaho are grieving the loss of an LDS serviceman killed recently in Iraq.

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Curtis R. Hall, 24, died April 6 from enemy action while conducting combat operations near Kirkuk, Iraq.

It was Brother Hall's second tour in Iraq.

A member of the Burley 9th Ward, Burley Idaho Stake, Brother Hall is being remembered as an "overachiever" who enlisted hard work to become better at whatever he pursued.

"He was a kid who loved his family ... a very good young man," said Brother Hall's bishop, Guy Redder.

Bishop Redder remembered young Curtis Hall playing on a neighborhood youth baseball team. Curtis became one of the better players in the lineup only after working hard to improve.

Later, the young man grew to be well over six feet tall. Again, following plenty of hard work, he became "a contributing player on the Burley High School basketball team," Bishop Redder said.

Brother Hall loved his family. The Eagle Scout put his training to use as a teen to save a loved one's life when his father, Ron Hall, was involved in a rafting accident on Idaho's Salmon River in 1996. His brave actions earned him Scouting's National Lifesaving Award of Merit.

An adventuresome and patriotic man, Brother Hall made for a fine sailor, Bishop Redder said. "He loved fighting for the freedom of the Iraqi people."

Brother Hall is survived by his parents, Ron and Pam Hall, and three siblings: Robert, Brenda (Thibeault), and Randy. Another brother, Michael Hall, preceded him in death.