Sadly, we said goodbye to one of the original founders of Azteca Systems Inc. in August. Affectionately known as “Uncle Roy,” Roy Haslam co-founded the company with his nephew, Brian L. Haslam. His steady hand, positive example, nurturing support, and companionship played a key role in establishing and growing Azteca Systems.
Born May 5, 1929 to George Maughan Haslam and Kate Owen Gunnell Haslam, Roy spent his early life in Wellsville, Utah, and attended school in Cache Valley. He went on to earn his Bachelors of Science in music from Utah State University in 1952. He taught music in Monticello, Utah, before entering the United States Air Force. While serving as an Air Force Military Police Officer in San Antonio, Texas, Roy met Sallie T. Smith. They married in December 1955 and shortly after moved to Salt Lake City, Utah.
Roy obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah in 1958 and was admitted to the Utah State Bar, practicing law in the state of Utah for over forty years. He was a founding partner in the law firm Biele, Haslam & Hatch, which in 1989 merged with Parsons, Behle & Latimer.
As a lawyer, Roy was renowned as a man of his word and the consummate gentleman. His steadfast knowledge of the law and diligent adherence to justice earned him accolades. He retired from private practice in February 2000, yet spent several more years as Azteca Systems’ corporate counsel. Uncle Roy will be greatly missed by his family, friends, our business partners and clients that knew him, and by everyone at Azteca Systems. “Thanks, Uncle Roy!”