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David Marston Clough Hartley was born at home in Everett, Washington on May 3, 1922 to Gretchen Smith Hartley and David Marston Hartley.
David Marston Clough Hartley
David attended Everett Public schools and was president of the student body of Everett High. He had a wonderful circle of friends, including George Schindler, Bootie Gilbertson, Ed Taylor, Poddy Hoglund and George Pederson. The pals played basketball together through out their junior and high school years.
David was the second of four children and only boy. His eldest sister, Gretchen and younger sisters, Sue and Janny were often joined by Hartley cousins Marcia, Judy and Jeanne. Summers were spent at Sandy Point on south Whidbey Island. David was heard to remark that these years were some of the happiest of his life, when he and his cousin, Conrad Speidel, used to row to Camano Island from Sandy Point to clam for the day. They also looked forward to Mr. Brown's delivery of vegetables, groceries, and ice from his horse drawn cart. David always loved the water.
After graduation, David joined the Army Reserves and went on to become a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps, flying for the 386th Bombardment Group, and piloted a B-26 Marauder bomber out of Great Dunmow, England near London. They would also fly out of Normandy and Brussels. David flew 62 missions over France and Germany, and two missions on D-Day. These were some of the most remarkable years of his life, and he was always grateful to have been one of the lucky ones who returned home safely following his service.
On his way overseas David flew to Walla Walla, WA where he met his sister Sue's beautiful roommate at Whitman College, the late Katherine Elizabeth White. He wrote to her for a year from England, and upon his return in 1944, proposed to her. They were soon married, and would make their home in Everett, where they raised three children: David, Elizabeth and Phoebe. David worked at Stowell Lumber and was later a sales representative for the Glidden Paint Company. Katie baked, gardened, volunteered, and was a wonderful wife and mother.
David had a workshop where he fashioned hydro-planes for many neighborhood children, which they pulled behind their bicycles. Happy hours were spent playing Hot Box, Red Rover, and hide and seek on warm summer nights. David also built the "Katy," a 21 ft Arrowhead day sailer in the backyard of his Hoyt Avenue home. He sent to England for the plans and a set of sails, and steamed the boat's oak ribs in his backyard shop. The beautiful boat was christened at the Fourteenth Street Dock by its namesake, Katie Hartley. The Hartleys were members of the Everett Yacht Club and were active sailboat racers.
After the children were grown, David and Katie moved to Whidbey Island and lived on the water at Holmes Harbor. For 28 years their island home was a little piece of heaven where friends and family gathered to enjoy a bounty from the sea, the Hartleys' organic garden, and Katie's excellent cooking.
Following Katie's death in 1996, David moved back to Everett and met regularly with old friends at the Mukilteo Coffee Co., where they took on the problems of the world and solved them daily.
After a long illness, David passed away on January 25, 2013 at Swedish Hospital, where his family gathered to be there for him.
He leaves his son, David C. Hartley; and wife, Naomi; daughter, Elizabeth Carr and husband, Edward; daughter, Phoebe Day and husband, Robert; seven grandchildren; and two great-grand-children.
David had a long and rich life and he will be deeply missed.
Published in The Herald (Everett) on Feb. 3, 2013