Boise, Idaho

Allen Charles Hart

June 10, 1928 - Feb. 27, 2006

Allen Charles Hart, 77, returned to his heavenly father Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, in Boise, Idaho, after a year of illness. He had a military burial in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise on March 3.

He was born June 10, 1928, in Wadena, Minn., to William and Grace Hart. The family moved to Waukesha six years later, where he was raised. His parents; sister, Minetta Garvens; and brother, Warren Hart, have preceded him in death.

Allen married Beverly J. Irving on June 29, 1956, in Glendale, Calif. This June would have been their 50th wedding anniversary. Allen enlisted in the Army in 1948 to 1952 and served in the Korean War, where he received a Commendation Award. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He graduated from Fresno State University in 1958, earning a bachelorís degree in horticulture. He received a master gardener certificate in Jacksonville, N.C., in 2004. He was elected to three terms as a director on the Pleasant Hill Park & Recreation Board from 1990 to 2003. He received a life membership in the California State Garden Club. He was past president of Mount Diablo Menís Garden Club and a member of the East Bay Rose Society. He was president of the Pleasant Hill Garden Study Club off and on for 20 years. He had a tree dedicated to him in the Roger Smith Park in Pleasant Hill in 2002, honoring him for this service. He was listed in the book, "Whoís Who in CA."

Allen had his own landscaping business, Western Lawn & Garden Service, in Lafayette, Calif., for more than 30 years. He worked with his oldest son, Michael Hart, who died in September 2002, a landscape designer, for more than 20 years.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly J. Hart of Nampa, Idaho; daughter, Kathryn Terry Stevens; son, Patrick Hart both of Spokane,Wa.; daughter, Julie Hart Coon and son, John Hart, both of Nampa; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Two infant sons, David Allen and David Charles, preceded him in death.

Allen loved to travel to Hawaii and had been there several times. He loved people and always had a smile on his face. He had a love for classical music and enjoyed playing the violin. He loved to go camping with his family. Allen will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He will always be in our hearts, and now he will be able to tend the Masterís garden.

The family is requesting, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Allen Hart Memorial Fund, 25 S. Rolling Green St., Nampa, ID 83687.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 11, at the LDS Chapel, 555 Boyd Rd., Pleasant Hill, CA.

Conner Family Funeral Chapel, (208) 461-7019, is serving the family.