Norman Hart David Normand Hart was born to Veta Barbara (DeHart) and Dave Payne Hart at home on August 1, 1919, in Exeter, California. He died on September 1, 2012 at the age of 93, in Visalia, California. On Saturday our grandpa left this place and entered into his heavenly home. He was 93 years old, a WWII veteran and the farmer. He was a husband for over 60 years and a father to 4. He helped shape the lives of his four grandchildren and influenced the lives of his 8 great grandchildren. He will be missed but I know I will see him again someday on a tractor sowing seeds in heaven. Love you grandpa. Dad's early years were during the depression and were spent around Exeter, Visalia, and the Delta View area between Hanford and Visalia, plus a couple of years in Los Angles. While in Los Angles when he was about 11 years old he sold newspapers on a street corner. When his father started working on the natural gas pipeline that goes from Long Beach to the natural gas wells south of Bakersfield Dad went to work with him and acted as an errand boy. Dad got along well with all of the guys and they taught him how to weld. He went to 18 different grammar schools, and then graduated from Hanford High School. During the 4 years at Hanford High Dad was active in the Future Farmers of America. Dad got a lot of his wisdom and knowledge from his grandparents and great-grand parents who were all early California settlers. One thing Dad told me often about animals was to just stand back and observe them, never go to them but let them come to you. Dad was drafted into the Army on March 7, 1941 and was discharged October 17, 1941 because he was a farmer and the Army thought it was more important for him to go home and grow food for the nation. He was called back to active duty July 2, 1942 and was honorably discharged as a corporal on September 15, 1945. Dad was in Europe for over 3 years with the 35th Infantry division. He was one of the 1st off the boat with his truck at Omaha Beach in the invasion of Normandy. When the war ended Dad came back to the Delta View area and went back to farming. Dad had a dairy, raised beef cattle and feeder pigs, grew cotton, milo and alfalfa. This is also when he met and married his wife-to-be Barbara Evelyn (Nyswonger) they were married 64 years this past June. In 1965 we moved to east of Visalia where Dad grew walnuts and did commercial harvesting of walnuts until he had a stroke in the spring of 2010 and could not farm anymore. Dad was predeceased by his parents Dave and Veta Hart; his two sisters, Barbara Hart and Leora Zimmerman; and one daughter Helen Irene Hart. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Hart; three daughters, Alice Cassella (Randy), Jean Jones (Roy), Sarah Hart; one son David Hart (Kisun); four grandchildren, Kristina Smoot (Shayne), Sherri Glenn (James), Jeff Cassella (Veronica), Roy Jones (Roberta); and eight great-grandchildren. A Celebration of life service will be held at Salser and Dillard Funeral Chapel on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta from September 5 to September 6, 2012