OBITUARY

Dr. Michael J. Hart

December 5, 1951September 4, 2019
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Dr. Michael John Hart, 67, passed away peacefully September 4, 2019 at his home in West Des Moines, Iowa. Visitation at 10 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life at 12 p.m. will be held on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel in West Des Moines, with burial at Resthaven Cemetery.

Mike was born December 5, 1951 in Washington D.C. to Walter and Eleanor (Witkowski) Hart. He graduated from Dowling High School in 1970, where he was a member of the football team and began his lifelong love of the piano. Dr. Hart completed his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Kansas, and graduated from University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in 1983. He completed his residency in otolaryngology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and his fellowship in advanced otology and neuro-otology at The Ear Foundation of Vanderbilt University. Dr. Hart worked as a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Colorado Denver for several years before moving back home to Iowa, to open The Iowa Ear Clinic in 1995. He proudly served the Des Moines and surrounding community the last 24 years improving many patients’ lives. Dr. Hart was passionate in caring for his patients, and that passion extended into many other areas in his life including Iowa Hawkeye Basketball.

Dr. Michael Hart is survived by his four children Sarah of Ames, Kevin and his wife Liz of Charlotte, NC, Katie of Seattle, WA, Betsy of West Des Moines and their mother Jodi of Ames; his father, Walter of West Des Moines; three siblings, Elizabeth of West Des Moines, David (Nancy) and their children John, Laura (Trey) Schulte, and Ellen of Cedar Rapids and Charles (Kara) and their children Dylan, Braden and Sophia of Sand Springs, OK. He was preceded in death by his mother, Eleanor Hart and sister, Emily Hart.

The family suggests memorial contributions may be directed to Operation Smile. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.mclarensresthavenchapel.com for the Hart, family.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Visitation Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, September 10, 2019

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Chad Abernathey MD

September 11, 2019

Mike and I rotated together through Clinicals in medical school at the UofI. Mike was older than the rest of us and was supposed to add a level of maturity. That didn't happen. We laughed a lot and had more fun than we should have. I just remember that wry sense of humor during a demanding part of our lives. Godspeed, old friend.

Darci Hartman

September 11, 2019

Please know the sadness in my heart to hear about Dr. Hart's passing. He is the only doctor who could help me with Meniere's Disease and his amazing, advanced surgical skills gave me back my life. He was very soft spoken and offered hope to his patients. I thank God all the time for Dr Hart and his compassion for his patients. He loved his children - he spoke of them and there was children's art work hanging in the office that was always fun to see. My heart goes out to his family, friends and his office staff. Dr. Hart earned his wings long before his passing - and he will be greatly missed.

john chambers

September 11, 2019

i'm so sorry to learn of mike's passing. we were classmates at the old dowling h.s. where he was an accomplished athlete and student. we stayed in contact after h.s. mainly thru his cousin dick ludwig. one of my fondest memories of mike is that he took me to the old drake u. field house and taught me how to play racquetball. i eventually could keep up with him but, i could never beat him. my thoughts and prayers are with his family and closest of friends. he surely will be missed. sincerely, john s. chambers

Joan Roberson

September 9, 2019

To the Hart family, so sorry for your loss. I knew Mike many years ago as a friend of Emily's. I remember visiting them at Kansas University. He was a very thoughtful guy. The Lord's blessings upon all of you.

Joan Roberson

Kathy Pellegrino

September 9, 2019

I was saddened to hear of Dr. Hart’s passing. I was a patient of his a few years ago and was given wonderful care. I feel blessed that I was able to find him and get the treatment I truly needed. My sympathy goes out to his family.

Kathy Coy

September 9, 2019

I was very saddened to hear about Dr. Hart's passing. He performed several surgeries on my son when he was young, over 20 years ago. He was a wonderful, caring man who will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. God bless.

Rita Gergely

September 9, 2019

I was a patient of Dr. Hart for over 20 years. He was so smart and caring! He did everything possible to determine the cause of my hearing loss and dizziness. He continued to monitor me and gave me medication for the dizziness. I will miss him very much!

Nicole Schoop

September 9, 2019

Dr. Hart was by far the best doctor I’ve ever had. He has been my doctor for over 20 years and has always taken great care of me. I’m going to miss him very much. I recently had a surgery and when he went to notify my parents that things went well and I was in recovery he told them he wasn’t sure if he was supposed to have a favorite patient but I was his favorite patient. The Hart family is in my thoughts and prayers. Dr. Hart was a very good kind hearted man and will be very missed.

SUE LYLE

September 9, 2019

THERE IS NO WAY ENOUGH GOOD COULD BE SAID FOR ALL DR.HART DID FOR MY FAMILY JOHN, NICK, AND ESPECIALLY JIMMY LYLE......HE WILL BE MISSED SO MUCH.......OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH ALL HIS FAMILY....SUE LYLE

Bob & Mary Jo Frazier

September 9, 2019

We are saddened to learn of Dr. Hart's passing. We were
patients of his, and we always received excellent compassionate
care on our visits. He will be missed. We want to extend our
heartfelt sympathy to his family. May God bless Dr. Hart's
memory, and keep it close in your hearts forever.

Most sincerely,
Bob & Mary Jo Frazier
Ankeny, IA

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Biography

Dr. Michael John Hart, 67, passed away peacefully September 4, 2019 at his home in West Des Moines, Iowa. Visitation at 10 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life at 12 p.m. will be held on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel in West Des Moines, with burial at Resthaven Cemetery.

Mike was born December 5, 1951 in Washington D.C. to Walter and Eleanor (Witkowski) Hart. He graduated from Dowling High School in 1970, where he was a member of the football team and began his lifelong love of the piano. Dr. Hart completed his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Kansas, and graduated from University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in 1983. He completed his residency in otolaryngology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and his fellowship in advanced otology and neuro-otology at The Ear Foundation of Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Hart worked as a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Colorado Denver for several years before moving back home to Iowa, to open The Iowa Ear Clinic in 1995. He proudly served the Des Moines and surrounding community the last 24 years improving many patients’ lives. Dr. Hart was passionate in caring for his patients, and that passion extended into many other areas in his life including Iowa Hawkeye Basketball.

Dr. Michael Hart is survived by his four children Sarah of Ames, Kevin and his wife Liz of Charlotte, NC, Katie of Seattle, WA, Betsy of West Des Moines and their mother Jodi of Ames; his father, Walter of West Des Moines; three siblings, Elizabeth of West Des Moines, David (Nancy) and their children John, Laura (Trey) Schulte, and Ellen of Cedar Rapids and Charles (Kara) and their children Dylan, Braden and Sophia of Sand Springs, OK. He was preceded in death by his mother, Eleanor Hart and sister, Emily Hart.

The family suggests memorial contributions may be directed to Operation Smile. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.mclarensresthavenchapel.com for the Hart, family.