Maurice C. Hartle
Capt. USN (Ret.) PhD
Maury made his final "take-off" from his home at Manzano del Sol on Monday, May 10th2021 surrounded by his loving family.
He was born November 20, 1920 in Drifting, Pa., the son of Orvis and Regina Hartle, and was the oldest and last survivor of seven children.
Upon graduation from the US Naval Academy in June of 1943 (Class of '44,) Maury married his roommate's twin sister, Suzanne, prior to joining the USS Cincinnati for WWII duty in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. He became a Naval Aviator and flew aerial reconnaissance, logistic support and carrier anti-submarine warfare aircraft.
His 34 years of Naval service encompassed duty in WWII, Korean War the Cold War and Vietnam. A favorite shore duty assignment was as an instructor in Seamanship and Navigation at the US Naval Academy where he co- authored the textbook, Elementary Seamanship.
He attended the Naval Postgraduate School for Advanced Communication at the Naval War College. He received his Masters Degree in International Affairs from George Washington University and his PHD in Educational Administration from Miami Univ of Ohio.
After his retirement in 1973, Maury pursued civilian careers in teaching, education administration and financial sales. He served on Board of Directors for the Daedalion Foundation and as President of the Alamo Chapter of US Naval Academy alumni Assoc. He is an Honorary Silver Eagle.
Maury was preceded in death by his co-pilot for 58 years and the mother of his seven children, the former Suzanne DePrez, who died in 2001. In 2003 his second wife and bride of seven months, Elisabeth Anderson died in a tragic auto accident.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Patsye Ballard Hartle of Albuquerque, his children: Lynne Hudson (Blake Pittman) of Albuquerque, Chris Hartle (Lynn) of Spring Hill, Florida, Sherie Hartle of Santa Fe, NM, Maureen Hartle-Schutte (David) of Tucson AZ, Steven Hartle (Elaine) of San Antonio, TX, Barbara Hartle (Arabia Vargas) of Houston, TX, David Hartle (Kathan) of Grand Junction, CO, and their respective families. Additionally, there are three stepchildren: Karen Molzen of Albuquerque, John Anderson of Tucson, AZ. and Lynn Anderson of Austin TX, 24 grandchildren and step-grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.
As a beloved patriarch of this large family, Maury was always a fine example of love, generosity and unwavering optimism. A favorite quote was "nothing ventured nothing gained!" A true patriot, he adored his family, loved his friends and country, was passionate about flying and well known for creating and enjoying "the best" martini.
The family is especially grateful to caregivers, Jose Rodriguez and Roxanne Garcia for their faithful and tender care.
A Memorial Mass will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Albuquerque in near future.
A funeral Mass and Inurnment of his cremains with full military honors will take place at the US Naval Academy Columbarium, Annapolis, MD at a later date.
Fly away home, Maury!
Published by Albuquerque Journal on May 16, 2021.