David Allen Hartig
March 20, 1939 – July 8, 2021
David Allen Hartig was a beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, friend, and a fierce advocate for children. He died on July 8, 2021 after a brief struggle with heart disease.
Dave was born on March 20, 1939 in Marysville, Kansas to Henry and Berniece Hartig, the seventh son of the ten Hartig siblings. He lost his father when he was only five years old and grew up with modest means, but with the intense love of his large family. A gifted athlete at Marysville High School, he played semiprofessional baseball in Kansas before joining the Marine Corps, where he served from 1959-1962.
The Marine Corps sent Dave to California, and he would settle in the San Diego area after receiving an honorable discharge. He earned his bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University, and he worked as a butcher, grocer, small business owner, and wholesale foods executive throughout his career.
Dave was a loving and unflinchingly committed father to five boys: Brad, David, Justin, Matt, and Luke. He was a passionate Little League baseball and Pop Warner football coach, helping his own sons and countless other boys learn life lessons from sports. Nothing made him happier than fishing with his boys.
He was married three times, for the past twenty-four-and-three-quarters years to the love of his life, Linda Kay Hartig. He made Kay’s children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren his own. Kay and Dave retired to Burnet, Texas in 2004, where they built a beautiful home with a verdant garden and threw themselves into their adopted community and their rich set of friends. Dave was a regular at Delaware Springs golf course. He and Kay became avid fans of several Texas collegiate and professional sports teams. They traveled extensively, taking several long trips to Alaska, and visiting family across the country. Dave also traveled to Guatemala to visit his son in the Peace Corps, to Israel for a religious pilgrimage, and to Switzerland for a genealogy trip for Kay’s family. Dave was a proud member of the Hill Country Fellowship church and a faithful participant in a Real Life Group with special friends who became family. He died knowing he was guided by the Holy Spirit and filled with the light of his deep Christian faith.
After a health scare in 2012, Dave committed himself to finding a deeper purpose in retirement, and in 2013, he became a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in the family courts of the Texas Hill Country. This would be his life’s work. Over eight years, and with Kay’s indispensable support, Dave advocated for 43 kids in the foster care system, helping them escape abuse and neglect and in many cases, finding them adoptive homes.
Dave is survived by his wife, Kay Hartig; his children, Bradley Hartig of West Hills, California, David Hartig of La Mesa, California, Justin Moe of San Diego, California, Matthew Moe of La Mesa, California, Luke Hartig of Washington, DC, Martin Turman of Scottsdale, Arizona, Catherine Carroll of Peoria, Arizona; ten grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and his sisters, Berniece Miller of Aurora, Nebraska, Iva Hargreaves of Rochester, Minnesota, and Mariann David of Emmett, Idaho. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Hartig and Berniece Coffey Hartig Cammel and his brothers, Henry, Charles, Robert, Edward, Eugene, and Raymond.
Dave lived his final days as he lived his whole life – with deep concern for those he loved, gratitude for his life’s blessings, faith in his Lord, and ill will or malice toward none. A memorial service will be held on July 31, 2021, 11:00 AM at Hill Country Fellowship in Burnet, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to CASA for the Highland Lakes Area.
Care has been entrusted to Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet.
Condolences may be offered at www.clementswilcoxburnet.com
- Kay Hartig, Wife
- Bradley Hartig, Son
- David Hartig, Son
- Justin Moe, Son
- Matthew Moe, Son
- Luke Hartig, Son
- Martin Turman, Son
- Catherine Carroll, Daughter
- Berniece Miller, Sister
- Iva Hargreaves, Sister
- Mariann David, Sister
- Dave is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Memorial Service at Hill Country Fellowship
David Allen Hartig
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July 23, 2021
I spent my 7th Grade year living with Dave my sister Barb and my two nephews Brad and David. Looking back I can say it was one of the best years of my young life. Dave was more of a Father to me then any man in my life up to that point and since. He treated me like one of his own. I wish my time with my California Family could have been longer. I will miss him and he will always have a place in my heart. Love You Dave, Farewell my Brother...
Pat & Linda McAleer
July 15, 2021
Kay and Family,
We are very sorry for your loss. We lived across from Dave and Kay
for 14 plus years and played much golf. They introduced us to salt grass and we still go there.
Dave was the most caring person I knew in Burnet. He truly
cared about people and wanted to and did help them.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Dave and the family.
Pat and Linda McAleer
Tommy and Sandy Siegfried
July 14, 2021
We have looked up to Dave, and loved him, from the moment we met him.
He was a mentor to both of us, and helped us to grow in our faith….by simply observing his actions ……
We will try to honor him, by looking after Kay, whom we also love beyond measure.
Until we meet again….
Tommy and Sandy
July 13, 2021
We are so sorry for you and your family. I worked with Dave as a fellow CASA, and I was always amazed at his energy and enthusiasm for the child advocate volunteer work he did, and no doubt you helped him greatly with the many miles he travelled these last few years. It was always nice to see his smiling face when we were in court at the same time.
I loved reading about his life story...and thank God that we know he is in a good place. We will all miss him greatly though.
May God bless you and your wonderful family.
Dave and Debbie Johnson
July 10, 2021
So sorry for your loss. The kids and I love you and Dave. Y'all were such a blessing and support to us while uniting our family. God put y'all in our lives and we are in awe of you. Macy, Carson and Ayden think the world of you and will miss Dave greatly. Please let us know if you ever need anything and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.