Ervin Melvin Hartman Tuesday, May 29, 1923 - Wednesday, July 5, 2017
PFC Ervin Melvin Hartman, age 94, passed away July 5th, 2017 in the loving arms of his family in Santa Maria, California. He was born May 29th, 1923 to Mary (Fernandes) and Jules Hartman in Long Beach, California. Ervin was raised in the Santa Maria Valley, attending a one-room schoolhouse (Pleasant Valley School) before attending El Camino Jr. High and Santa Maria High School. While Attending High School, Ervin met the great love of his life, Anna. They began dating right after graduation and a short time later were engaged while attending Santa Maria Junior College (now Hancock College) in November of 1942.
Shortly after their engagement Ervin was drafted into the US Army Air Corps. He and Anna intended to marry in Santa Barbara, however they were unable to get an appointment with the Justice of the Peace before he left for the service. Instead she went with him to Yuma, Arizona and they were married on January 22nd. He then reported to his base in Biloxi Mississippi and Anna Followed a month later.
Ervin was a proud WWII Veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater as an airplane mechanic for the 90th Bomb Group (Jolly Rogers). He was awarded a WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon and a Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged in January of 1946, and he and Anna settled to start their family in Santa Maria, raising two children, Fred and Diane. After the war, he worked several machinist jobs including time at Signal Oil (formerly Hancock and Bush), and Sinton and Brown, was a diesel mechanic at Gem Equipment, and finally worked at Health Sanitation as a shop foreman before retiring.
Ervin was very active in his retirement, traveling extensively with his wife, meeting new people from all over the world. He was a member of the Lazy Days RV group, and Chapter 31 of the Escapees RV Club. He attended the 90th Bomb Group reunions yearly and was a member of the American Legion and Guadalupe VFW. He was a charter member of the Santa Maria Garden Club, Santa Maria Pigeon Club, and Central Coast CB Club. He had a love for beekeeping and gardening, growing his own fruits and vegetables in addition to his beautiful rose garden. He enjoyed building models of all types- most notably model trains, ships, and airplanes. He devoted an entire room in his home to an impressive scale model train and he put together and donated several model airplanes to the Santa Maria Museum of Flight- one of his favorite places. His love of aircraft and air shows continued from his service time until his death. He also was proud of his involvement with the restoration of the Pleasant Valley Schoolhouse he attended as a child and its relocation to Buellton.
Ervin is survived by his loving devoted wife of 74 years, Anna Hartman; Son Fred Hartman, Daughter Diane Sheen (Charles); Grandchildren Patrick Sheen (Katrina), Kelly Sheen (Cindi) and Meghan Boland (Matthew); Great Grandchildren Dylon, Tyler and Travis; Sister Daisy Silva; Nieces Nancy, Virginia, JoAnn, Patricia and Annette as well as many great nieces and nephews, cousins and devoted friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother Mary Cooper, Father Jules Hartman, Step Father Joseph Cooper, Sister June Hirsch, niece Elizabeth Ramos and nephew Ricky Hirsch.
A viewing will be held Friday July 14th at Dudley Hoffman Mortuary located at1003 East Stowell Road from 4 to 8 PM. Graveside services will be held Saturday July 15th at the Santa Maria Cemetery located at 1501 South College Drive at 10 AM. A reception will follow at the Santa Maria Museum of Flight located at 3014 Airpark Drive until 1:30 PM.. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Ervin's name to the Santa Maria Museum of Flight, or the 90th Bomb Group care of Robert Tupa 273 Wellington Cutoff, Wellington Nevada 89444. The family would also like to extend special thanks the first responders who assisted them at the time of our beloved Papa's passing.