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Police Confirm Identity of Couple Found Dead in State College Home

by on December 05, 2019 1:13 PM

Hal and Natalie Hallock died in their West Prospect Avenue home on Wednesday afternoon, State College police confirmed on Thursday.

The Hallocks were well-known for their distinctive purple, pink and gold home and their enthusiastic involvement in the community.

Police went to their house at about 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday after being notified by family members who were concerned that they was not answering the door. Upon entering the house, they found the couple deceased. Police said there were no signs of violence or foul play but are continuing to investigate.

The Centre County Coroner's Office said autopsies are scheduled for Friday.

Hal Hallock, 75, was a State College Area High School and Penn State graduate who for decades was a beloved substitute teacher in Centre County school districts. He met and married Natalie, 71, after returning to State College upon earning a master's degree from Arizona State. 

Their distinctive house was designed by Hal's architect father, Phil. Its purple color was something Hal Hallock embraced, telling the Daily Collegian in 2002 that he liked it because "it is a high spiritual color."

Both enjoyed motorcycles and Hal Hallock had a custom-painted purple Harley Davidson, as well as a purple Corvette and purple Polaris Slingshot. He was a state director for the "Save a Life" motorcycle safety awareness program.

"I like to ride the Harley to school and bring in all my drawings for the paint job on the bike to show the kids," he told the Collegian.

The couple was well-involved in community organizations and events like the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, where among other work they led kids workshops, and State College Community Theatre, and both loved Halloween, regularly participating in Lemont's Haunted Granary.

Tributes to the Hallocks poured in on social media on Wednesday and Thursday.

"A couple that fully embraced and enjoyed life, who loved one another so much and were always together have gone into their magical afterlife together," Michelle Grove wrote on a State College Area High School alumni page.

"[Hal] was a great artist and always encouraged students," Denise McKee wrote. "If you ever ran into him in town he always had the time to chat with you on just about any topic."

"Truly saddened to know the world lost two beautiful souls," Sarah Vollmar wrote. "Natalie Hallock and Hal were two of the kindest people I knew... They freely loved, and accepted all... Natalie freely wore purple and pink and rainbow hair (before it was cool). The spirit of their artistic freedom will sadly be missed in this world, and this community."

Greg Ritter wrote that Hal Hallock made "school a little more colorful."

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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