Richard “Dick” Hartnett, 80, a lifelong resident of Fort Davis, beloved husband and best friend of Minnie Hartnett for 56 years, passed away peacefully on February 3, 2018, in El Paso, TX, surrounded by the ones he laughed with, lived for and loved.
Dick was born on March 21, 1937 in Fort Davis, Texas to Edward “Lalo” Hartnett, and Julia (Hernandez) Hartnett. He later married Herminia “Minnie” (Acosta) Hartnett on July 30, 1960. The two enjoyed 56 plus years together.
Praying of the Most Holy Rosary prayed by Father Beto Lopez on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Mass of Christian Burial followed Rosary with Mass being Celebrated by Father Beto. Burial was at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Fort Davis.
Those honoring Dick with one final act of love by serving as pallbearers were: Jose Esquivel, John Serna, Michael Hartnett, Larry Hartnett, Knobby Sanchez, and Gabriel Acosta.
Dick was a lifelong resident of Fort Davis, where he worked for West Texas Utilities as an electrical lineman. Dick never knew a stranger. He was a great cook; his specialty dishes included BBQ chicken and brisket.
Dick enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys, dancing and listening to the sounds of Glenn Miller, and telling stories. His project of many years was the restoration of an old adobe house he and Minnie purchased in 1995. It was once owned by his grandparents and held many great memories from his childhood. Dick was also a member of The Knights of Columbus and was a 3rd Degree Knight.
Dick is preceded in death by his parents; one daughter Barbara Hartnett; one sister Ronnie Patillo; and two brothers Dan Hartnett and Fred Hartnett.
Those left to cherish and honor the wonderful fun-loving memory of Dick are: his wife of 56 plus years Herminia “Minnie” Hartnett of Fort Davis; three daughters Lorraine Hartnett of El Paso, Texas, Margaret Hartnett and husband John Serna of El Paso, Texas, and Sarah Louise Hartnett and husband Jose Esquivel of Houston, Texas. One grandchild Michael Hartnett and wife Maria Hartnett of El Paso, Texas; two great grandchildren Brooke Hartnett of El Paso, Texas, and Barbara Hartnett of El Paso, Texas. Two very special friends Larry and Leticia Hartnett of Fort Davis, Texas, and many beloved Hartnett and Acosta family members, as well as many great friends.
The Hartnett family thanks God for the gift of his life and the blessing of the time spent with him.
My deepest and most sincere condolences to the Hartnett family during this difficult time. Margaret, I'm glad your Daddy was able to witness the success that you've achieved-I'm sure he was very proud...Best always.
Chris J. SaucedoConverse, TX
Dear Margaret, my deepest sympathies to you and your family. May the soul of your father rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Inessa
Inessa StepanenkoSan Antonio, TX
My Dearest Minnie and family.
How hard it is for us to be send our deepest condolences to you and the family. It breaks our heart to have heard of Dickie’s departure from this life to his eternal rest with our Lord Jesus Christ. It sadness us that we didn’t go to see all of you and spend quality time together. We pray God comforts you and the family with His peace and assure you that He will always be by your side. Dickie has left his earthly body but his wonderful memory will be imprinted in our hearts forever. God bless you. With all our love and our deepest condolences.
Viola & David Escobar
Priscilla &John Portillo
Danny & Irene Aquliar
Viola Hinojosa & David EscobarSanta Clara, NM
"Minnie and family of Dick, I was so sorry to hear off Dick's illness and death. He will be missed by all who knew him and loved him. Minnie, it was good to talk to you today and we will miss seeing you all, but with all of us not filling well to make the trip, we will wait until later when we can visit more with everyone in Ft. Davis. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you, we will surely miss Dick and his humor.
Love to all, Libby
Olivia "Libby" H. FauleySan Antonio, TX
Minnie our prayers and love go out to you I know exactly what you are feeling and how difficult and stressful it can be I will remember him for the jolly and friendly person he always was so ready to offer you anything he will be missed by many here on earth but welcomed in his heavenly home by family. We will pray for you that you receive Gods compassion and peace. All our love to you and your family. Sally & Larry
Mr & Mrs Larry GwinnSan Antonio, TX