Jean Ellen Hartt was born Oct. 19, 1922, in Seattle, Washington to Roy and Jennie (Roach) Hartt. Early in 1943, Jean became engaged to Don Denton who had been her supervisor at the Bremerton Navy Yards. Don had joined the Army Air Corps and was training to be a “tail gunner” at Keesler Air Corps Base. That fall, during a training exercise, Don broke his neck. He was being treated for his injuries in the Keesler Base Hospital (Biloxi, Mississippi) when they got married on Nov. 25, 1943. He was born November 7, 1915. Don worked for a boiler construction company based in Seattle. His family followed him to the bigger and longer jobs. As a result, the family lived in a number of cities in the western U.S. including Edmonds, Kirkland, and Spokane, WA; Newport, Oregon; Kellogg, ID; Eureka, Stockton, and Concord, CA; Missoula, MT; and Navajo (near Gallup), NM. Concord, CA was considered home for most of those years. After the sons were grown, Jean continued to follow Don on his assignments including jobs in, again, Navajo, NM; Price, Utah; Kemmerer, WY; Fort Madison, IA; and Burlington, VT. While away from home on the longer jobs, Jean would volunteer to work for a local civic or charity group. Jean died of cancer on September 25, 1991. Don died of natural causes on December 1, 1996. They were cremated and their ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean at Salt Point State Park, California. USA Children of Jean Ellen (Hartt) and Donald Denton: Donald Richard, Gary Lee
Courtesy: Don Denton
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