Martin J. “Jim” Hart Jr.
Jim M. Hart Jr. 82, died at Mason General Hospital on Thursday, July 28, 2011. Mr. Hart was born on May 16, 1929 to Martin J. and Dorothy (Hayssen) Hart Sr. in Portland, OR. He graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in 1947 and was drafted into the US Army, serving in South Korea 1951 until 1952. After serving in the Army, he returned to start his own sheet metal shop and heating company, a trade he learned from his father.
Jim was well known in Shelton as the “furnace guy”. He went above and beyond to make sure his clients were warm, often times going out at all hours of the day or night to pick up parts and to make repairs. He was a regular at Nita’s to start his day with her breakfasts and to read the paper. Jim was a member of the First Baptist Church where he was very involved as an offering counter and active in the mission trips, where he had made several trips to Belize, Honduras and Nicaragua, helping to build churches. He was a Boy Scout leader for Troop 10 for nearly 10 years also. He liked working on the computer, hiking, was an avid reader and interested in genealogy, making family books for all of his family. He was a very kind, generous man, who was always there when you needed him and he will be missed by many.
Survivors include brother, Gerry (Joane) Hart and sister Pat (Cecil) Crow, both of Shelton. He had numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Donations can be made to The First Baptist Church Missions/Honduras, 428 W. Cota St. Shelton, WA.
A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm.