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J.D. Hart

J.D. Hart

April 18th, 2020
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Obituary

On Saturday, April 18, 2020, Lt. Col. J.D. Hart passed away of natural causes at age 79 at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

J.D. was born on July 6, 1940 in Wichita Falls, Texas to James and Willie May (Hudson) Hart. He grew up working on a farm, picking cotton, “souping-up” cars and riding bucking broncos in the rodeo. He graduated from Burkburnett High School in 1958 and married his high school sweetheart, Patricia (Inlow) Hart on June 5 of that same year.

While in the ROTC program at Midwestern State University, J.D. was awarded a regular commission and graduated an officer in the regular Army. For the next 20 years, he thrived as a Special Forces Airborne Ranger and Master Parachutist, served three tours in Vietnam rescuing downed allied pilots, was the Inspector General in Korea, and held various leadership roles at Fort Carson, the Pentagon and NORAD support services.

After his military career, J.D. enjoyed numerous hobbies and interests including real estate, woodworking, gardening and construction – including building a family cabin near Cripple Creek. He loved working with his hands, charming people and traveling the world with his wife and best friend of over 60 years. His wit, sense of confidence, and engaging personality filled the room and quickly endeared people to him.

J.D. is survived by his wife Pat Hart, their three children Jay Hart, Jeremy (Jill) Hart, Robin (Joe) Birringer, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private graveside service was held on Monday, April 27 but a service with military honors will be planned for a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider dedicating a donation to the Disabled American Veterans (www.dav.org) in honor of J.D. Hart.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Monday April 27th, 2020 |
    When
    Monday April 27th, 2020
    Location
    Evergreen Cemetery
    Address
    1005 South Hancock Expressway
    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
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  • Interment

    Location
    Evergreen Cemetery
    Address
    1005 South Hancock Expressway
    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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James C. McNamara

Posted at 03:16pm
I first met J.D. at Ft. Benning, GA, when we both attended the Infantry Officers' Advanced Course - during April 1970 - April/May 1971, After graduation, J.D., me and several more of our Advanced Course classmates were all assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group on Okinawa. On the flight to Okinawa, I didn't realize til after arriving on Oki, that Pat, J.D.'s wife, was on my same plane - because J.D. met Pat at the airport. It was on Oki (Jul 1971-July 1073) that I got to better know J.D., and see first hand that he was a very fine, intelligent man, and a most professional officer. I wish I could have had more time working with, and knowing J.D. I wish our Country had more J.D. Hart's.
PT

Pamela Taylor

Posted at 10:35am
I remember JD with such fondness. He was a kind man of faith who always left me with a challenging scriptural quote. I humbly think I am a better person because of the loving spiritual challenges he presented. I know your faith will sustain you in this time of loss.
Pam Taylor MD
 
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Sara Fres Posted at 02:47pm

Dear Robin and family .... I'm so very sorry for your loss. You and your Beautiful family will be in our hearts and prayers. May God be near you during this painful time.🙏
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