In Memory

Dave Hart

Dave Hart

Dave's Obituary from New Jersey

David Lee Hart, 72, of Egg Harbor Township, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease.

Dave was born on April 28, 1945 to Carla and Ernest Hart. He was raised in Tacoma, Washington and was a 1963 graduate of Franklin Pierce High School.

He attended the University of Puget Sound, before enlisting in the United States Navy. He married Christine Hart in 1967 and they moved to Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Dave worked as a Pit Boss For Harrah's Lake Tahoe, before volunteering to move to NJ in 1979 to train employees for the opening of Caesar's Atlantic City, where he worked as a Pit Boss until his retirement.

Dave was most known for his quiet, intellectual and sweet nature. He enjoyed reading, traveling , listening to music and spending time with his grandsons and casino industry friends. Although he lived in NJ, he traveled home to his beloved Washington state often.

Dave is predeceased by his parents, Carla and Ernest Hart, brother-in -law, Lee Henricksen, who raised him; a nephew, Jon Henricksen and a niece, Karen Williams. He is survived by his sister, Evon Henricksen,who lovingly raised him; two nephews, Tim and Mark Henricksen; a niece, Nancy Six, all of Washington state; his friend, Christine Hart; a son, Michael (Joanie Di Martino), a daughter, Jennifer Parks (Charles), Grandsons, Ethan Matuzsan, Dante DiMartino-Hart and Luke Parks; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A special thank you to the doctor's and nurses affiliated with the Philadelphia VA and University of Pennsylvania PADRECC Clinic for installing the deep brain stimulator that made Dave symptom free for 15 years; the wonderful nurses, nurses aides, activity coordinators and staff at Brandywine Living at Brandall Estates and Compassionate Care Hospice.

A private service will be held in Powers Lake, North Dakota.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation at

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11/04/18 06:44 PM #1    

Dennis Magnuson

Dave and some of the FP students would go on the weekends to a small coffee shop in South Tacoma called The End there to hear Jerry Sun and the combo. The End has ended but my memory of going there with Dave will never End. So long friend. Dennis Magnuson 



11/05/18 10:22 AM #2    

Dan Holder

There's not enough space to share my memories of/with Dave.  We were buddies from 4th grade on into college.  Dennis shared his memories of The End in South Tacoma. We listened most often to Jerry Sun's marimba music, and Dave loved jazz.

We'd ride our bikes to each other's houses until the State saw fit to put in highway 512, and Dave had to move from his house on East D Street. But before long, we were driving to each other's houses. He'd work at his brother-in-law's gas station out on Pacific, and we'd hang out there, or I'd meet him at his place when he got off work. Before long we discovered coffee, and Anglea's (right down the street from Dave's "new" house) and would hang out there with pie and coffee.

Just to set the record straight, the night that the State Patrolman pulled both of our cars over on old Highway 99 by Fife, we may actually have been speeding a little, but we weren't playing cat and mouse were we? We were just speeding up and passing each other repeatedly.  So we both had a carload of friends were were carrying back from a ball game at Enumclaw, no problem, we were both careful drivers.

Lots of good memories from that old friend!

11/05/18 12:10 PM #3    

Harold Isenberger

I also remember going to The End with Dave and appreciated the invite as well.

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