Thursday, July 18, 2024

Kirk T. Hartman

| June 26, 2024 4:15 PM

In his last days, Kirk was asking anyone he spoke with if he could have a new body. Well, the Lord was listening, and he received a new body in Christ on June 8, 2024. His earthly body was just too tired to fight anymore after many years battling various illnesses. 

Kirk Thomas Hartman was born to La Verne and Dorothy (Dunn) Hartman on October 22, 1945, in Laramie, Wyo. The only boy with three sisters, life was never dull and he lived to torment them growing up. He made it well known, however, that his life would have ended a lot sooner at the hands of his sisters if his mom hadn't saved him hanging from the clothesline after a very high-stakes game of cops and robbers. 

Kirk and his family grew up in Laramie and he was a 1964 graduate of Laramie High School where he belonged to the Future Farmers of America and 4-H organizations involved with the raising of his Ramboullet Sheep. Kirk had a great passion for life and a hard work ethic working on ranches and farming in the local community. 

In the early 1970s, he moved to Moses Lake, Wash., and started work for Lad Irrigation. Kirk worked his way up to Sales Engineer until his retirement. He loved to work to support his favorite hobby of hunting on a yearly basis in Wyoming and Montana, always on the search for the biggest game. If you were to visit him at work or home, you would see numerous trophies of his accomplishments. During some of the last trips he took, he no longer returned with any trophies as he was more into taking in the scenery and spending time in God's country. He was also an avid fisherman and bowler, loved to snowmobile in local mountains and made yearly trips to Priest Lake with family and friends. 

It was later in life when he developed his true passion and had to toss out the Levi's and cowboy boots and switch over to shorts and tennis shoes to play golf. Kirk probably worked harder at nothing else in life than to become a better golfer. After retirement, Kirk and Sharon left Moses Lake and moved to Warden to live at Sage Hills Golf Course where he could play every day. Often times when asked if he would get a project done he commented, "That sounds like it will cut into my golf game," or "Can't rush into things there's lots of time for, but there's never enough time for golf." 

Well Dad, we hope in heaven you can finally become a scratch golfer and play all the rounds your heart desires! 

He is survived by his wife, Sharon; his children, daughter Susie Dunlap (David) of Wyoming, son Scott Dunlap (Marty Jo) of Wyoming, daughter Tobie Page (Darron) of Idaho, daughter Allison (Travis) Korthuis of Washington, and son Tracy Hartman (Kristina) of Washington; 10 grandchildren, Britnee, Harper, Jackson, Kovee, Kylee, Mackenzie, Sydney, Taylor, Winslow, and Wyatt; two great-grandchildren, Hudson and Laynie. Additionally, he is survived by his three sisters Karen Fanning (Paul), Nancy Maley and Barb (Ron) Jairell as well as numerous other family members. 

A celebration of life will take place Friday, July 19, 2024, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Sage Hills Golf Course gazebo. Kirk's wishes were to be cremated and have his ashes scattered at family property and favorite hunting spot on Battle Mountain in Wyoming.