MEMORIAL BIOGRAPHY AND TRIBUTE
I, David Roy Hartt, was born March
18, 1894, at Solon Springs, Wisconsin, the youngest child of Mr. & Mrs. W.C.
Hartt. I had 2 sisters and 4 brothers. My oldest sister, who was the eldest
child of my father's family, died two days before I was born.
My family moved to Tacoma, WA, in 1898 and I grew
up there. In 1915, I went to Seattle to work, and here I became acquainted with
Jennie Lind Roach whom I had met in Tacoma at a church conference a year or more
previously. We became engaged in 1917, were married April 7, 1918 and lived in
Bremereton, WA, where I now worked and where two of our children were born.
July, 1921, we moved to Seattle where I found
work with SEARS, Roebuck, & Co. In 1926, they sent us to Stockton, CA and in
February 1927, they sent us to Los Angeles. While we lived in Seattle, three of our
children were born.
In 1928, SEARS sent us to Reno, Nevada as Manager
of their new store there. In December, 1929, the depression hit us and the store
went into the red, and despite all that I could do, I could not bring it back into the
black. In April, 1930, the firm offered us a lesser position in the Sacramento store
where they moved us. Jan 1, 1931 we were moved to Sacramento. Then Joe was
born in San Francisco, and owing to living conditions being so crowed, we requested and
were granted a transfer to Spokane, WA.
June, 1940, I left SEARS, and we moved to
Silverdale, WA where I worked for the U.S> Navy Yard again, having worked for them in
1917 to 1921 as machine operator, driller, machinist helper, machinist. In all the
places where the Lord had us moved, I was able to be busy in Sunday School and gospel
ministry in my spare time.
Our eldest son, David, was saved at Lake
Sammamish Bible Camp in July, 1936 and in 1938 he went to Prairie Bible Institute in Three
Hills, Alberta for training, and shortly thereafter he urged me to take at least one year
at Prairie. By Fall, 1943, Jennie was willing to go to Prairie, and the following
Fall we all moved to Prairie as students, where we studied that year, and stayed on as
summer workers. Just before school opened the Fall of 1945 the Board of Prairie
invited us to join the staff, and the Lord confirmed that this was His will, so we did
join the staff, where we served for 40 years, and these were the best years of our
lives. I must say, however, that ll our lives we have enjoyed the blessings and the
joy of the Lord. We were housed in X dorm (now known as Spruce Grove Residence) for
October, 1980, we were moved to the "Haven
of Rest" a rest home for retired staff which Prairie operated for some years; however
on July 4, 1984, during the night, Jennie fell and injured her breast bone, and could
neither stand nor sit, but was bed ridden. Dr. Uptigrove was able to get her
admitted into the Extended Care section of the new hospital on July 7 which was the day
the new hospital was opened to patients, and I was also admitted Feb. 4, 1985. Here
we shared a large double room ( #208) for nearly 5 years until Jennie went to Heaven,
January 13, 1990 at 6:45 p.m. Margaret came home from Portugal, arriving the night
before the funeral, and stayed for two weeks helping me get things sorted out, disposed of
and settled in a single room while I was away having cataract surgery in Red Deer,
Alberta. She had everything nicely arranged in Room 217 when I returned. She
did a noble job of arranging everything, and I greatly appreciated it."
Our dad died at 10:10 a.m. on
Wednesday, May 26, 1993, ata the Three Hills Health Care Centre, with three of his
children close by, after a brief illness, the result of his age, 99 years.
Six children survive, five of
whom attended the funeral of David Roy Hartt. They were David N. Hartt of
Abbotsford, B.C.; James Richard Hartt of Pasadena, CA; Margaret Grewell, nee Hartt
of Magdalena, Porto, Portugal; Bradford P. Hartt of Renton, WA; Charlotte Griffiths,
nee Hartt, of Manokwari, Indonesia; Joseph R. Hartt of Englewood, Co; He is
survived by 18 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren, some of whom were able to attend