Captain Maurice C. Hartle, USN (Ret.), Daedalian Life Member 6749

Maury Hartle made his final “take-off” from his home at Manzano del Sol in Albuquerque on Monday, May 10th, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. He was born November 20, 1920 in Drifting, Pennsylvania, the son of Orvis and Regina Hartle. He was the oldest and last survivor of seven children.

Upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in June of 1943, Maury married his roommate’s twin sister, Suzanne DePrez, prior to joining the USS Cincinnati for WWII duty in the Atlantic and Mediterranean.  He became a naval aviator and flew aerial reconnaissance and fleet logistic support.  His duties flying anti-submarine warfare aircraft occurred on the carriers USS Valley Forge, USS Randolph, and USS Essex, where he commanded a squadron, and the USS Yorktown. 

Maury was honored to serve in the US Navy for thirty-four years, encompassing duty during WWII, the Korean War, the Cold War and Vietnam. A favorite shore duty assignment was as an instructor in seamanship and navigation at the US Naval Academy where he co- authored the textbook, Elementary Seamanship. Also, Maury had administrative/command assignments at the Pentagon and the Naval Communication Station.

A lifetime learner, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School for Advanced Communication at the Naval War College and he received his Master’s Degree in International Affairs from George Washington University.  Maury earned his PHD in Educational Administration while serving as commanding officer of the ROTC Unit at Miami University of Ohio.

After his retirement in 1973, Maury pursued civilian careers in teaching, education administration and financial sales. He served on the Board of Directors for the Daedalian Foundation and as President of the Alamo Chapter of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association. In 2016, Maury was a participant in the New Mexico Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. He is an Honorary Silver Eagle.

Maury was preceded in death by his co-pilot for fifty-eight years and the mother of his seven children, the former Suzanne DePrez, who died in 2001.  In 2003, his second wife and bride of seven months, Elisabeth Anderson, died in a tragic auto accident.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of sixteen years, Patsye Ballard Hartle of Albuquerque, his children: Lynne Hudson (Blake Pittman) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Chris Hartle (Lynn) of Spring Hill, Florida, Sherie Hartle (Bob Payton) of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Maureen Hartle-Schutte (David) of Tucson, Arizona, Steven Hartle (Elaine) of San Antonio, Texas, Barbara Hartle (Arabia Vargas) of Galveston, Texas, David Hartle (Kathan) of Grand Junction, Colorado, and their respective families. Additionally, there are three stepchildren: Karen Ballard Molzen of Albuquerque, New Mexico, John Anderson of Tucson, Arizona, and Lynn Anderson of Austin, Texas, twenty-four grandchildren and step-grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.

As a beloved patriarch of this large family, Maury was always a fine example of love, generosity, and unwavering optimism.  A favorite quote was “nothing ventured, nothing gained” and his adventurous spirit led him to a retirement rich with national and international travels. Possessed of a sharp and active mind, bridge and word puzzles were everyday pleasures.  A true patriot, he adored his family, loved his friends and country, and was passionate and proud of his naval flying career.  He was well known for his open-hearted hospitality; he knew no strangers and made all feel welcome, always. 

A funeral Mass and inurnment of his remains with full military honors will take place at the U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium, Annapolis, Maryland on October 20, 2021.  

Fly away home, Maury! Happy landing!