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Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home

10501 Garland Road, Dallas, TX

OBITUARY

Charles Collins Hart

August 21, 1984September 10, 2019

What a blessing! Loving Collin Hart and knowing that he was loved by so many others has strengthened his family. He was born August 21, 1984 in Fort Worth then moved to Mansfield by his third birthday. His variety of interests and lust for learning led his fourth grade teacher to call him a “Renaissance Man”.

Collin enjoyed all things associated with sports but excelled in tennis. He led his high school team to district championships then led them to the USA Team Tennis National Championship. He played and lettered in tennis at TCU. He developed many lasting friendships through tennis, especially with numerous doubles partners. He practiced so many “special” shots that it seems his communication with his doubles partner was often “watch this!” He loved teaching junior players at camps and giving hints to his partners. But if tennis was his specialty, sailing was probably not. His first sailing adventure at 5 resulted in our crash due to bad weather. He asked his mom, “are we going to die?” He quickly learned that we don’t share the stories of these trips with our grandmothers. A week of sailing in the BVI taught us that while he wasn’t a natural sailor, he married a great sailor. And he wasn’t much of a hunter, admitting to his St. Louis relatives that he had only shot tin cans in West Texas. Then there were alligators in Louisiana (but they may have been tied up).

Collin was a voracious reader. As a youngster it was the Star Telegram, Zoobooks and sports magazines. Much of this reading was while taking a bath so he had large stacks of soggy magazines that he reread when they dried. But by adulthood, he consumed the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, weekly business magazines and countless business and political blogs and online posts. We often received multiple daily updates with a link to the latest breaking news or policy update. He could talk to almost anyone about most subjects and learn something new while he imparted his well-founded knowledge.

His love of history included that of West Texas, his dad’s original home. When we asked about a Christmas present one year, he wanted a copy of an old property map that was used by his great granddad. He often joked (we hoped) about retiring really early to family land on the Pecos River. Although we assured him that the Pecos had low flow and no trees, he was determined that it would be a beautiful place to retire.

Travel was another highlight for Collin. He made friends in Mexico, Germany, Ireland, and Spain. He always made himself at home with these friends and their families. He loved to visit new countries but usually knew more about the country, its government and history than his more senior travelling partners. But he didn’t leave his sports behind when he traveled. He and Maggie HAD to find the TCU World Series games when in Istanbul, we HAD to find a sports bar for the NBA finals in Jackson Hole (Collin was 12) and we HAD to watch a cricket match in Bath, England. And there were trips to Wimbledon, the US Open and Davis Cup Finals where sports not the location were the travel reason. One long RV trip to Yellowstone taught us that hotels were his favorite camping location. Although he travelled extensively, he continued to love West Texas, the Wahl’s farm, St. Louis, Pacific, Mo. and New York City.

Collin married Maggie Wahl in 2011 and they enjoyed TCU events, socializing with family and friends and many new journeys. They travelled to Bora Bora, Ireland, Croatia, Turkey, Santorini, Costa Rica and Mexico. Maggie gave Collin Rose Bowl 2011 tickets for Christmas and it was the perfect gift. In 2014, Charlie entered our lives and became another loved member of the Hart family. Charlie and Collin cooked, swam, fished, golfed, played tennis and read chapter books. They often visited the zoo and aquarium, both locations of great fascination for Collin and Charlie, especially the penguins, cheetahs and giraffes. When learning of his dad’s passing, Charlie asked “Who is going to take me to the zoo?” and his mom assured him we would all take him. Charlie inherited the travel bug having visited Mexico, the beaches of Florida, New York City, the Big Island, Kauai, Disney World and most recently, Costa Rica. He was all in and enjoyed zip lines, seeing volcanoes, Howler Monkeys, toucans, a sloth, iguanas and red-eyed green frogs.

And Collin delighted in helping others, particularly helping them to improve their skills. He wanted to help with “kid’s church” as a high schooler but it may have been to avoid sitting through regular church. In his last year, he volunteered at The Bridge in Dallas. This work gave him new perspectives on how fortunate he was and how those with less often had a bad break that made their lives worse. He loved this work and the people he met. And who but Collin would give an RGB cross stitch kit to his Mom for Mother's Day?

Collin’s extensive friendships are almost legendary. From the youngest relative to the oldest, the ladies in the Waffle House to the leadership of Merrill Lynch, he had a casual and easy relationship. When he was away from home, it was very common for his parents to receive a call or text saying “Guess who I just ran into” in a different city, state or country. The calls at 1 AM were a little irritating at the time but remind us of what was important to Collin.

Collin was the founder and managing partner for Driftwood Capital following almost ten years in the wealth management industry, primarily with Merrill Lynch. He developed strong personal relationships with many clients and business associates.

Collin enriched the lives of so many. He will be remembered for his infectious smile, helpful spirit and wicked baseline drop shot. We miss him so much but will catch up on a later day.

Collin is survived by his wife, Maggie, son, Charlie, his parents, Sandy and Bobby Hart, his in-laws, Joan and Ed Wahl, his god-daughter, Janie Englert and many relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Johnnye and Hubert Hile and Pauline and Charles Hart.

In lieu of flowers, you may honor Collin through a contribution in his memory to The Bridge in Dallas, the Coach Tut Bartzen Endowed Scholarship at the TCU Frog Club or a charity of your choice.

Please leave your thoughts and memories of Collin on the Sparkman Crane website under “Add a Memory”.

In remembering Collin, “Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Services

16 September

Memorial Mass

10:30 am

Saint Thomas Aquinas Church

6306 Kenwood Ave
Dallas, TX 75214

16 September

Reception

11:30 pm

Saint Thomas Aquinas Church

St. Anne Hall

6306 Kenwood Ave
Dallas, TX 75214

Memories

Charles Collins Hart

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Amy Scott

September 14, 2019

Dear Maggie, Charlie, Sandy, Bobby, and the entire Ed Wahl Family,
We are heart broken for all of you. Collin always had a smile and kind word for all of us. Winger will miss him and always enjoyed their “outlaw” talks at family parties. Collin loved watching Charlie and all of his cousins enjoy Christmas Eve and the anticipation of Santa. Collin especially loved the attached picture of Charlie and all of the ladies! Photo credits to Maggie who has a gift of capturing these fun moments.
We are praying and thinking of all of you!
Love,
Amy, John, Maggie, Tommy, Marianne, and Grace

Sarah Wahl

September 14, 2019

Collin entered the Wahl family several years after I joined this family. As an in-law to a large amazing family he and I shared numerous holidays and large family gatherings. My fondest memory of Collin was his genuine ‘how are you?’ when he saw you. He didn’t rush off to the next social interaction but rather listened and truly cared. He was always kind to my family and he loved to shoot baskets in the pool with my son. Collin will be greatly missed but never forgotten. We will keep his memory alive in this family that loves a good toast while sharing fond memories.

Maggie, Charlie and all of the Hart/Wahl family.... you are in my prayers.

Louise and Peter Lee

September 14, 2019

We met Colin several times when we were visiting the USA from Australia. He was so kind and friendly and always went out of his way to chat with us. He talked about one day visiting Australia. We are heart broken to hear of Colin’s passing and send our love and condolences to Maggie, Charlie and family.

Tommy Oliver

September 13, 2019

Collin was one of the best to do it. Always fun, always full of love, and always interested. Im going to miss seeing him at family gatherings, but I feel lucky to have spent so many good days with him. Everytime as excited as I was to talk to Collin, he was more excited to talk to me. Never once could we have a conversation that didnt end in "how is your dad and brothers?" He showed interest and affection towards my life and the lives of my family more than his own. Collin was rare commodity. He was pure light. He will forever be missed.

Denise Loewenstein

September 13, 2019

Maggie - we are so very sorry for your loss. We didn’t know Collin well, but he always took the time to talk to us when we would see you at Christmas, or St Pats, Wahl Weddings, .... what a very nice guy! We are thinking of you and praying for you. -Rob and Denise Loewenstein

Chris Wahl

September 13, 2019

Although our time was short, we will remember you forever Collin.  Always enjoyed hanging out with you on Christmas Eve and all the Wahl weddings talking about TCU and college football, Rangers baseball, Mavericks and all things Texas.  Sarah loved having you as a part of the "outlaws".

You were smart, soft spoken, humble, polite, and easy to be around, you were a "good guy." Keep an eye on us down here.

“A family is a circle of love, not broken by a loss, but made stronger by the memories. We are forever blessed that God connected us to you.”  

Love,

Chris, Sarah and Chuck's fan club (Brennan, Kayla, Emi and Anna)

Erik Andersen

September 12, 2019

Most gentle and kind man I had ever met. Always optimistic, never a bad word toward anyone. Great husband, father, friend and partner. I hope you are smiling down on us in peace. You will be sorely missed.

Georgel Averyt

September 11, 2019

Colllin was one of my "mullets". He was one of a special group that came thru MHS and turned tennis into a major force in Texas. He was #1 and he was a force and a leader for his high school years. Collin made school fun, tennis great and coaching a one in a Lifetime experience. Collin my be gone but he will never be forgotten. We were family and one of our family has passed. Rest In Peace Collin. We all love you.