|Picture: Allan and his second wife, Patty|
Allan Charles HARTT passed away on May 8, 2008, after a lengthy progressive illness. He was 85 years old.
Allan enjoyed a thirty year career as a fisheries biologist with the Fisheries Research Institute at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he studied the migratory patterns of Pacific salmon. His studies allowed him the opportunity to spend many months on the rivers and high seas of Alaska, and to collaborate with other researches around the world.
Following his retirement from the UW in the mid-Seventies, Allan assisted the Makah Nation at Neah Bay for several years with their fisheries programs. He then retired for good to Whidbey Island in 1983. He moved to Snohomish in 2003, his last place of residency.
Allan was born on November 26, 1922 in Seattle, Washington. His parents were Harold Bruce Hartt and E. Grace Torrens Hartt. Allan had two brothers and three sisters. His older brother, Bruce, a B-29 pilot during World War II, was killed in 1944 when his plane was struck by a kamikaze plane over Tokyo. His younger brother, John, lives in Seattle with his wife, Peggy (Heron) Hartt. His oldest sister, Jane Hassell, lives in Portland, Oregon. Eleanor Buscher and her husband of 61 years, Cal Buscher, live in California. His youngest sister, Isobel, lives in Clearview, Washington.
Allan married his Sunday-school / high school sweetheart, Olive (Jenkins) Hartt, on
December 4, 1943, at the Houston Gospel Hall in Houston, Texas, where he was stationed as an anti-aircraft artillery officer. The Lord blessed Allan and Olive with three sons and a daughter. Richard (Rick) lives in Kalispell, Montana with his wife Rainy. His first wife, Sharon, lives in Seattle. They have two daughters, Kristi Patrick of Seattle, with three daughters, and Kelli Harn of Sparks, Nevada, with a son.
Their daughter Katherine lives in Mill Creek, Washington with her husband Bruce Michael (Mick) OíNeill, an architect and builder. They have two sons, both on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ. Miles and his wife Emme have two daughters and a son, and live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Brent and his wife Lindsey live in Corvallis, Oregon.
Son Rodney, in answer to prayer, claimed Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in 1980 at the age of 28. Rod graduated from Seattle University in 1985. The Lord called him home suddenly of a heart condition on October 12, 1990.
Their youngest son, Jack, and his wife Susannah (Jones) Hartt have six children Ė four boys and two girls. Jordan and his wife Chanoane live in Port Townsend, Washington. Jordan teaches for Peninsula College and works for Centrum, a foundation for creative arts. Taffy attends Central Washington University in Ellensburg. Bryan, after four years in the Army (one in Iraq) attends Peninsula College in Port Angeles. Lindsay attends college at Western Washington University in Bellingham. The two youngest, Charlie and Ben, live at home. Charlie attends college in Mount Vernon.
In 1923, Allanís parents moved the family to Centralia, where Allanís father was manager of the Western Auto Supply store. Allan attended Edison Grade School. The family attended Fordís Prairie Church, where his dad was a Sunday school teacher.
Allan had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home, including external family of grandparents and aunts and uncles. The family had regular family devotions, Bible reading, and prayer. Allan claimed Christ as savior at about five or six years of age in Centralia. He gives credit to Mrs. Jennings, his faithful Sunday school teacher, who clearly taught the gospel of Jesus Christ to her class of little boys. Perhaps Allan has met Mrs. Jennings in heaven.
The family returned to Seattle in 1930 where Allan attended T. T. Minor grade school for the third to seventh grades. The family moved to the Madrona district in 1936, where Allan graduated from the eighth grade at Madrona Grade School. He worked at various jobs in 1941 to 1942, and attended the fall quarter at the University of Washington, majoring in marine biology. Because of World War II, ROTC was a required course, where Allan trained in Coast Artillery. He was drafted into the Army in late December, 1942, took basic training in Texas, and then attended officerís training in North Carolina, graduating as a Second Lieutenant in August 1943. He trained others in coast
Artillery during the war, and then returned to college after the war.
Upon graduation from the University of Washington, he joined the Fisheries Research Institute, leading to his lifelong career of studying salmon. Olive, his wife of 48 years, passed away in 1992. Allan married Patty Knight in 1994, who stayed by his side until his death.
Throughout his life, Allan was active in his church, teaching Sunday school, counseling youth at Lakeside Bible Camp on Whidbey Island, and gathering carloads of children to attend weekly youth meetings. He organized church picnics and cruises on the boats that took him to Alaska, led youth backpacking trips into the Cascades, and had kids over to his house to practice archery, and entertained missionaries, servicemen, and others around the dinner table.
He loved fishing, whether it was salmon fishing in Puget Sound, steel heading on the Toutle or Bogachiel Rivers, or trout fishing in high mountain lakes. He also kept active with handball and hiking in his younger years, and gardening and tennis in his retirement years. He was everyoneís favorite uncle, the man who always had an adventure in his back pocket ready to share.
Allan leaves behind a rich treasure of family, of friends, and of faith in his Lord. The Christian heritage he honored became the witness he gave and the enduring legacy of love that