Carlton "Carl" M. Hart Jr.
Carlton “Carl” Hart Jr. , 52, died Oct. 3, 2007, unexpectedly at his home in Mena, Ark., Oct. 3, 2007.Carl was born Feb. 6, 1955, in Cortland, N.Y., to Carlton and Donna (Gardner) Hart. Carl lived most of his early years in Cortland and McLean, N.Y., where he graduated from Dryden High School in 1973. He married his current wife, the former Susie Bowdin in Glenwood Springs, in March of 1988. Although he was currently living in Mena, Carl lived most of his adult life in Colorado, specifically Silt and DeBeque.Carl was an avid outdoorsman; he lived for his family and for his love of the outdoors. He was an accomplished horseman and hunter. For several years, he was a guide for big game hunters in Colorado. Carl was also one of the founding members of the Wild Horse Days in DeBeque. His accomplishments and donations to the Wild Horse Council include building the stage for the gazebo, the work on the horse statue and the barbecue. Carl was also a skilled carpenter and mechanic. He is survived by his parents; wife; his father’s current wife, Debbie; daughters Nickole (Roy) Keenan of Carrollton, Texas, Cheyenne (Brad) Stocks of Elko, Nev., and Sierra and Dakota Hart, both of Mena; sons Tyler Hart of Crowley, Texas, and Joe Hart of Grand Junction; granddaughters Delaney Stocks of Elko, and Peyton Hart of Grand Junction; sisters Kem (Howard) Baker of Nichols, N.Y., and Heidi Hart of Longview, Texas; brothers David (Patricia) Hart of McGraw, N.Y., Jeff (Cathy) Hart of Red Oaks, Texas, Scott (Melanie) Hart of Burleson, and Brian (Stephanie) Hart of Parachute; and a multitude of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. A small memorial service was held Oct. 9 in at the Saint Agnes Church in Mena. Memorial contributions may be made in Carl’s name to The DeBeque Wild Horse Council, P.O. Box 147, DeBeque, CO 81630.
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