Christmas with the Hartungs


Mark Hartung was born in Louisville, Kentucky on July 25, 1959, and passed away
at his home in Sunrise, Florida on January 18, 2012.
Mark served in the United States Air Force for 5 years before being honorably discharged.
Mark is survived by his four brothers: Joe, John, Matthew, and Jason.
Mark married his sweetheart Tracy in October 2003.
Mark and Tracy have two beautiful children, Courtney (6) and Cameron (5).

A Celebration of his Life for Mark was conducted on Saturday January 28, 2012
from 1:00-4:00 PM. Services were conducted by The Rev. Michael J. Calderin.

Location: Harbor Beach Marriott, 3030 Holiday Drive,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.
The service was held on the Dunes Coconut Terrace,
located outside the rear entrance.

In Lieu of Flowers, the family has requested that you consider donations to the following
organizations that were supportive to Mark and his family:

Gilda’s Club of South Florida

The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University

Image of Mark & Tracy Hartung

Mark & Tracy Hartung

Image of Mark & Tracy Hartung

Mark & Tracy Hartung

Image of Wedding photo of Mark and Tracy Hartung

Wedding photo of Mark and Tracy Hartung

Image of Mark & Tracy Hartung with Cameron & Courtney

Mark & Tracy Hartung with Cameron & Courtney

“My late husband, my love, Mark Hartung was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Grade 4 on December 17th, 2010. He lost his battle with this awful disease on January 19th, 2012. During that time he endured 43 rounds of radiation, six months of Temodar, six rounds of CPT 11 and Carboplatin, three awake craniotomies, one clinical trial and countless trips to Duke Medical Center. Through it all he remained positive, hopeful and strong willed. He gave it his best fight, never letting anyone see his frustration, including his children. They were his number one reason to fight the fight. He was a wonderful father and husband, always putting himself second. Thirteen and a half months ago I kissed him and saw him for the last time. Thirteen and a half months ago our children kissed and hugged him goodbye for the last time.”

Tracy Worthing-Hartung, March 5, 2013

Almost everything above the line was featured online just before Mark’s Life Celebration was held in Florida. Unfortunately, I did not make it to that celebration having just returned from visiting Ft Lauderdale, Florida two days before Mark died. So everything below the divider contains my own personal thoughts and experiences with Mark Hartung.

For over 31 years it was an honor and a privilege for me to know Mark S. Hartung. I knew Mark in many relationships. First he was an employee who later became an assistant and lastly a distinguished colleague. Mark was a fellow-commuter who evolved into a housemate and eventually into my real-estate partner. With Mark Hartung at my side I rode white water rapids in West Virginia, attended rock concerts, snow skied Wisp Mountain in Maryland, enjoyed cocktails in Windows on the World on the 107th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York and an outstanding Broadway play about a topic that was of almost no interest to Mark at all; “Cats.” I even had the honor of testifying in court with Mark on two occasions. On the first occasion he had been robbed of personal possessions and on the second occasion his character was under attack because he acted to protect the integrity of his company.

Mark Hartung, Jason Canon, Mark Lynch 1981 in WV

In all of my dealings with Mark, both financial and personal, he constantly demonstrated an unwavering honesty and trustworthiness that in the end led me to regard him as highly as any member of my own family. It is impossible for me to tell the story of my life without including the fact that Mark Hartung either made possible or was directly involved in many of “my” successes. Over the years I observed Mark time and time again coming to the aid of his friends, and even acquaintances, and doing so even when his own self-interests would be neglected.

Mark S. Hartung was a very special person. Then, now, and always. Leave the light on for me Mark.

Jason Canon


Mark & Angie Hartung, Jason Canon ~ 1995 at WISP Ski Mountain, Maryland

Mark & Angie Hartung

Mark Hartung in Bowie, Maryland

Mark Hartung & Jason Canon WISP Maryland

Mark Hartung, Kim Carvell, & Jason Canon at Mark Hartung’s Birthday Party


I was also blessed to know Mark Hartung’s father, Joseph Hartung, who also passed away less than 6 months after his son.  This is his obituary.

1/7/28 – 6/2/12

Dr. Joseph Edward Hartung, 84, of Fayetteville, Georgia, died June 2, 2012 at the Emory Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

He was born January 7, 1928, in Louisville, KY, the son of the late Ina Cole and Joseph Linus Hartung. Joe had 4 siblings, Bill, Norbert, Helen, and Inez, who died in infancy. He was a devout Catholic who often started his day at mass.

He attended St. Mary’s College, St. Meinrad Abbey, and the University of Louisville, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy, theology, and psychology. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany in the 1950’s serving as a news reporter.

When his oldest son Joe was discovered to be deaf, he moved the family to St. Louis, MO. He received a master’s degree in audiology and earned his doctorate in communication disorders at Washington University.

Joe was a professor at Georgia State University, from which he retired in 1996. He initiated the Deaf Education Program at GSU in 1968. He was also on the planning committee for the construction of the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf. While a professor, he traveled to China and taught teachers how to work with deaf and hard of hearing children. His passions included watching Atlanta Braves baseball, Falcons football, University of Kentucky basketball, and anything Notre Dame.

He is survived by 4 of his 5 sons, Joseph F of Mt. Airy, MD, John E Hartung of Danville, CA, Jason C of Atlanta, GA, and Matthew R Hartung of Delray Beach, FL, 3 daughters-in-law, Jennifer, Marla and Tracy, 5 grandchildren, Luke, Hannah, Joseph, Courtney and Cameron, his ex-wife, but dear friend, Rosemary “Muff” Curry Hartung, and sister Helen Simmons of Louisville, KY.

Joe was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Gander Hartung, of Atlanta, GA, and his third son, Mark Stephen Hartung, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. His siblings Bill, Norbert and Inez also preceded him in death.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church in Jonesboro, GA on Wednesday, June 6, at 11:00 am. There will be a luncheon following the mass at the church. Burial will be at the Honey Creek Woodlands at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider making a donation to the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf, Georgia School for the Deaf, Fayette County Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program, or to the St. Philip Benizi Endowment Fund, in Joe’s memory.