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Burnett Edward Hartsock

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Burnett Edward Hartsock

Burnett Edward Hartsock, 94, of Salinas, left this earth Sunday, November 18, 2012, to be with his beloved wife, Jane. Burne was born July 26, 1918, in Spokane, WA.

Burne moved to Phoenix at an early age with his parents, John and Pearl Hartsock. He graduated from Arizona State University and shortly thereafter joined the U.S. Navy. He served as a LCDR in the Navy from 1940 to 1945. Burne was a Naval aviator and was a flight instructor at Pensacola in Florida. He served on the USS Kwajlein Naval ship during WWII in the Pacific. Burne continued in the Naval Reserves and enjoyed his association with his Navy comrades and attended many reunions over the years.

On October 5th of 1945, Burne married Jane Eliza Eckenstien in Phoenix, AZ after a one week courtship!! burne and Jane moved to San Francisco after the war and Burne attended UCSF Dental School. Their two children, Tom and Susan, were born in San Francisco. Burne decided his calling was in Physical Therapy and transferred to Stanford University where he graduated as a Registered Physical Therapist. While at Cal and Stanford, Burne played the flute and piccolo in the band.

The Hartsook family moved to Salinas in 1950. Burne opened the first Physical Therapy practice in Salinas at 1000 Pajaro Street. Jane helped Burne with the practice until 1988 when they decided to retire.

Burne and Jane both contributed SO much to the city of Salinas. Burne was involved with so many organizations, to name a few: a Trainer for Pop Werner Youth Football and Hartnell College teams, a member of the Salinas Elks, Salinas Rotary, First Presbyterian Church, Central Park Tennis Group, charter member at Chamisal Tennis Club, Salinas Fairways Golf Course, Twin Creeks Golf Course and the Senior Singers Choir.

One of Burne's greatest loves was belonging to the Monterey Yacht Club and sailing his boat every Wednesday night. Burne spent his 93rd birthday at the Monterey Yacht Club surrounded by his family and friends.

Burne was an avid sportsman. He was a golfer, tennis player, fisherman, swimmer, hunter, sailor, bike rider, camper and hiker. He also enjoyed his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, gardening and his dogs! He also became very accomplished in ceramics at Hartnell College under the leadership of Gary Smith. He produced many wonderful pieces that his family and friends will cherish forever.

Burne and Jane loved to travel. They traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada. One of their fondest vacation spots was Twain Harte. They passed their love of Twain Harte on to their daughter Susan, family and friends - who still go their every year for the annual Hartsook 4th of July week celebration!!!

Burne is survived by his daughter, Susan Hartsook (Gary Jones) of Salinas and son, Tom Hartsook, PhD, of Corvallis, OR. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Becky Johnson (Jerry) of Salinas, Allison Porter (Eric) of New Market, NH, Chris Hartsook of Corvallis, OR and Lindsay Gervasoni (Michael) of Las Vegas, NV.; nephew, Richard West (Cheryl) of Phoenix, AZ; great-grandchildren, Lincoln, Charlotte, Aiden, Carter, Michael, Adriana and Benji. He was looking forward to the birth of his two new great-grandchildren next year!!

Burne was blessed that his granddaughter, Becky, came to live with him three years ago and allowed him to live out his last years at his beloved Riker Street home. Becky gave of herself unselfishly during the last three years and we will all be forever grateful to her.

We know Burne would also like to give his love and thanks to his caregiver - Amalia Anguiano, and who gave him so much care, love and attention over these last years. Burne will also be missed by his "adopted" daughters, Leslie Davies Andersen and Janice Baker Wilcox.

We will miss the Twinkle in those baby eyes and that wonderful sense of humor. THANK YOU to all of you who loved and supported Burne and Jane over the past 62 years!! Burne was one of a kind. We love you Burn-O!!!

Per Burne's wishes, private family services and burial will be held at Garden of Memories Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to or one of Burne's greatest joys, The First Tee, (c/o 1551 Beacon Hill Drive, Salinas, CA 93905). The First Tee's mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

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Published in The Salinas Californian on Nov. 20, 2012
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