Ty Hart: Marine killed in copter crash

February, 2016 Posted in People

By Mary Owen

Fond memories of Lance Cpl. Ty Hart, a 2012 Stayton High School graduate, are circulating around his alma mater following his death in a two-helicopter crash off the North Shore of Oahu Jan. 14.

“Ty was a fun, intelligent person both in the classroom and on the playing field,” said SHS Principal Alan Kirby, who was also Hart’s football coach and teacher. “He was just a great kid to be around. He was a quick learner and even though he was very competitive, always seemed to have a smile on his face. He was a part of a close group of friends and teammates. He was and is loved by many, many people here in Stayton, and this is a difficult time that we will all work through together.”

Rachel Krieger, SHS’s Associated Student Body advisor and health/home economics teacher, said she will always remember Hart by his “quick smile, eagerness to help, and great sense of humor.

“He was the kid who would jump up to help me carry things – because I usually have too many boxes in my hands – even if he was in the middle of something,” Krieger said. “If Ty said he would do something, he would make sure that it was done. He had school spirit, a positive attitude and was a faithful friend to his peers. His passing is a great loss to his family and his community.”

Justin Haworth, now the assistant principal at Waldport High School, had Hart in his class on numerous occasions while at Stayton High.

“I had him in health and P.E. as well as him being my student aide,” Haworth said. “I also had the privilege of coaching Ty in track for one year.”

Haworth remembers Hart’s work-ethic in both physical education and track.

“I will also remember him looking you in the eye when talking to you, which was usually accompanied by a firm hand shake, his smile that truly lit up a room, but most of all his kindness to each and every one,” he said. “Ty always made each person he talked to feel as they were the most important person to him. My thoughts and prayers continue for his family and all of his loved ones.”

Kelly Fields never had Hart in class, but she said his infectious smile and positive attitude made him stand out.

“Any interaction I did have with Ty was pleasant,” Fields said. “Both my daughters were enrolled in school at Stayton High at the same time as Ty and both were devastated to learn that he was one of the 12 Marines that went down in that helicopter. Ty was on the cheer team with my daughter Emilie and was also her dance partner in the 2010 ‘Hunklights’ performance. He could perform an amazing toe touch!”

Hart and his fellow service members were taking part in a night training mission when their two transport helicopters crashed. After five days, the U.S. Coast Guard suspended the active search for the 12 Marine aviators of Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron 463. More than 40,500 square nautical miles were searched by the Coast Guard and military partners, plus the extensive shoreline effort by the Honolulu Fire and Police departments with Ocean Safety Lifeguard Services. More than 130 searches were conducted.

From Aumsville, Hart, 21, enlisted in 2013. He and his wife, Hanna lived on base in Hawaii. He was a dedicated athlete who, according to the account on gofundme.com, “lived a fun-filled life to match his personality. He went skydiving, loved going to Lake Shasta for family vacations, and was a daredevil on water skis, inner tubes, snowboards, quads and more. Ty shined bright as a star athlete on the football, wrestling, track and cheerleading teams.”

Stayton High School held a memorial service on Jan. 30. A memorial service for all 12 Marines was held on Jan. 22 at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe.

Funds raised on Go Fund Me will be used for a scholarship to help students participate in sports. Go to gofundme.com and search for Ty Hart.

 

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