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Obituary: Hart, Michael A.

HART, Michael A. (Age 72) Was born in Spokane on October 15, 1940. God called him home December 10, 2012. He had been diagnosed with cancer in November. He was a life- long resident of Spokane. Born with a hearing handicap, he attended the Edna Davis School for the Acoustically Handicapped and Washington School for the Deaf in Vancouver WA. When he was about 15 he successfully underwent an operation that resulted in his hearing being significantly restored. He later graduated from Lewis & Clark High School. He liked ritual and orderliness and this was reflected all through his life. He was an avid stamp collector and enjoyed model trains. During the 1950’s in his teens, Michael was a member of the Spokane Junior Police, which he enjoyed very much. He served in the Army National Guard and worked for the U.S. Forest Service. Later he transferred to the Veterans Hospital in Spokane where he was employed for 30 years. He was proud of his employment at the VA Hospital and won many service awards for his efforts. In 1997 he suffered a debilitating stroke that left him wheelchair bound and he moved into assisted living. He was a resident of the Cooper George-South Hill Senior Living, and called it his home for 15 years. He had a quiet compassion for his fellow residents, many of whom had more serious disabilities than he did. Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Susan Hart, a sister, Patricia Hart, and a nephew Robert Hayes. He is survived by his sister Mary (Marvin) Hayes, Spokane; brother James Hart, Portland, OR; nephew Scott Hayes, niece Kathrine Tibbits, two grandnieces and two grandnephews, all of Spokane. A memorial service, with military honors, will be held at the Cooper George-South Hill Senior Living, 707 W. 5th. Ave., Spokane, WA, Monday, December 17 at 1:30 p.m. The family would like to thank the staff at the Cooper George-South Hill Senior Living, and Dr. Ritchey of Group Health for their care of Michael. Michael was an awesome brother and uncle. He left us with many special memories.