David Hart

Former Medford Cruise President David Hart, of Eagle Point, passed away Oct. 6, just one day before his Medford Cruise presented four local youth programs with checks totaling $25,000. He died from a heart attack at the age of 34.

Friends and family have struggled with how to speak of Dave  and understand how at age 34 his heart gave up. And in that struggle, the irony of his name, the thoughts of his young family, and the larger than life persona of David can all be summed up with “David, you always made us laugh as you honked the loud horn of your big rigs, you made us remember our own family with our commitment to yours, and you gave us your heart with your friendship. In the end, you gave us so much of your heart that it finally needed a rest.”

Hart, who served as Medford Cruise president,  helped the organization raise over $300,000. As president of the Medford Cruise, David  volunteered hundreds of hours each year to procure sponsors, organize volunteers, and facilitate the success of the annual community event. Proceeds from the Medford Cruise have gone to programs focusing on local youth such as Kids Unlimited, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley, St. Vincent DePaul Dental Program and Wings Program, and the Medford Parks Association.

Hart had a passion for vehicles, including classic hot rods and a love of riding quads at the Oregon Dunes with his wife and children

He  is survived by his wife, Andrea Hart, and five children, Katelyn, Carlene, Casidy, Skyler and Lucas Hart, and his mother Linda Flores. He was preceded in death by his father, Nickolas Hart.

A celebration of Hart’s life was held Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Venue Community Civic Center (formally the Slick Kart Track) at 1029 Narregan St., Medford. There was a silent auction to benefit Hart’s family. Contributions to the “Medford Cruise – Dave Hart Family Fund” can be made at any Umpqua Bank location.

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