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Man with area ties dies in Iraq

January 17, 2008|By Ryan Vaillancourt

GLENDALE — Army Sgt. David J. Hart, 22, a Lake View Terrace resident who attended elementary school in Glendale, died in Iraq on Jan. 8.

Hart, along with two fellow infantrymen soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division, died of wounds sustained during combat in Samarra, Iraq, in an incident that is under investigation.

Though Hart’s most recent home was in Lake View Terrace, he attended Calvary Christian School in Glendale, said Sarah Sherman, a former classmate and friend. The school has since closed.


“He’s one of those humorous, funny kids, one of those redheads,” Sherman said. “He would like to make jokes, and he was always into sports and he was competitive — one of those all around good people.”

An active member of Osbourne Neighborhood Church in Arleta, Hart played bass in the church worship service and volunteered on missionary trips to help Native Americans build homes and churches on Arizona and New Mexico reservations, said Carolyn Taylor, a longtime congregant of the same church.

Though Taylor said Hart retained his jokester reputation into young adulthood, he also had a very serious side.

“He was a wonderful young man, very sensitive,” she said. “He could be a clown. He could also be very stoic. He had both sides in him.”

Hart is survived by wife Nicole Gonzalez-Hart of Pico Rivera; father Jack Hart of Terrace; mother Cherie Hart of Sylmar; sister Sarah Hart of Lake View Terrace and brother Daniel of Lake View Terrace. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Osborne Neighborhood Church, 13501 Osborne St., Arleta, CA.

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