James Raymond Hartman

James Raymond Hartman, 67, died Oct. 12, 2012, in Casa de La Luz, Tucson, Ariz. Surviving are his wife of 44 years, the former Linda Hilliard; daughter, Stacey Long; son, Christopher Hartman and wife, Melissa, both of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Kylee, Lance, Baylee, Christopher, Skylee Hartman; Ryan Thierry, and Tori Long.

He was born in Scranton, the son of the late Raymond and Margaret Evans Hartman. He was a graduate of Scranton Central High School, class of 1963; a graduate of Lafayette College, where he received a BS in chemistry in 1967; and Rutgers University, where he received his MBA. Since he received his ROTC 2nd Lt. commission from Lafayette College, he had to fulfill his military obligation in 1969, and in 1970, he left for a tour of duty in Vietnam. His service continued for several years with the Louisiana National Guard. After graduation, he was hired by Shell Oil, New York City, after serving his country. He continued his career with Shell Oil in several locations including Houston, Texas; New Orleans and Saudi Arabia. After retiring, he purchased a travel agency until he moved to Tucson, Ariz., and was still working for El Sol Travel as an outside agent.

Faith was a part of his life; he was raised in the Hickory Street Presbyterian Church and was an active member of the congregation wherever he resided.

His father taught him to play golf at the age of 5 and he shared that passion with his son. He was influenced by his parents' love of music, and learned to play the clarinet and saxophone. He even resumed piano lessons and was part of the hand-bell choir. Stacey followed in his musical footsteps. He enjoyed spending time with his family, was very close to his children, and enjoyed arranging family trips.

He liked to tell people how he met Linda: in 1965 they filled out forms for Operation Match, the original computer dating program. It was amazing how much they "matched" up.

He volunteered in his community, reading tutors in Oracle School District, worked at Kid's Closet; Two's News, the SaddleBrooke Outreach office and was a unit rep for his neighborhood in Saddlebrook, Ariz.

A memorial service will be held Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. in the Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst, Pa. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to SaddleBrooke Community Outreach, 63675 SaddleBrooke Blvd., Suite L, Tucson, AZ 85739.

Go to www.millerbeanfh.com for additional funeral information, directions, or to submit an online condolence card.

Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 11, 2012