Cdr. David A. Hurt, Jr. USN Retired (1926-2016)

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 9.24.58 AMDavid A. Hurt, Jr. of Coronado, CA died peacefully with all of his family at his side at the Bonita View Hospice Home on April 14th, 2016 in San Diego, CA. The son of Capt. David A. and Katherine Burbidge Hurt, David, Jr. was born on April 23rd, 1926 in Newport, Rhode Island. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Eva Moore Hurt and granddaughter, Elizabeth Hurt Yoensky. He is survived by his wife, Vilma L. Hurt; two brothers, Thomas W. Hurt of Annapolis, MD and Capt. Jonathan S. Hurt, USN Retired of Alexandria, VA. He is also survived by four sons: David A. Hurt, III and his wife, Jennifer of Potomac, MD; Douglas M. Hurt and his wife Nanci of Gaithersburg, MD; Donald J. Hurt and his wife Vicki of South Riding, VA; Dennis B. Hurt and his wife Jane of Greer, SC. He leaves 11 grandchildren: Timothy Hurt and his wife Amanda of Chevy Chase, MD; Dr. David Hurt and his wife, Dr. Savannah Hurt of Nashville, TN; Ross Hurt of Washington, DC; Kyle Ann Hurt of Seattle, WA; Paul Hurt of Chicago, IL; Sean Hurt of Aspen, CO; Brenten Hurt of Gaithersburg, MD; Donald Hurt, Jr. of Northern VA; Christopher Hurt of Northern VA; Bradley Lau of South Riding, VA; and Amanda Hurt of Greer, SC. He was blessed to also have five Great Grandchildren: Emma, Daniel, Aidan, Summer and Wesley. He also leaves two stepsons and one step daughter Peter Loheed, Hugh Loheed, and Lorene Loheed.

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 9.37.34 AMCdr. Hurt graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1948 followed by flight training in Pensacola, FL. After duty stations in Corpus Christi, TX; Roosevelt Roads, Ceiba, PR; Whidbey Island, WA; and Monterey, CA, he was stationed in Jacksonville, FL with the VW 4 Hurricane Hunters Squadron for five years, followed by 3 years with NATTU in Lakehurst, NJ. From New Jersey, he moved to a tour with the ASW group in Brunswick, ME. The following year, after enough snow and cold, he moved with his family to become the aviator on the Command Submarine Pacific Fleet based in Pearl Harbor. In 1967, he was recalled to the Mainland, stationed in the Pentagon until his retirement from the Navy Friday, July 5th, 1969. On Monday, July 8th, he began his career with the Northrop Corporation in Arlington, VA, and included a 4 year assignment working with the Saudi Armed Forces Contract while in Orlando, FL. He retired from Northrop in 1985 settling in Winter Springs, FL.


After the passing of his wife, Eva, while on a trip to the West Coast with his son and grandson, and visiting his Naval Academy college roommate he renewed a friendship with Vilma Loheed Mitchell; the widow of his other Naval Academy roommate, Hugh Loheed, with whom he served as an attendant at their wedding. The friendship blossomed into a smitten romance and eventual marriage leading to 10 wonderful years in spectacular Coronado.

Dave Jr. and Vilma could often be seen in the many ‘haunts’ of Coronado: Peohe’s; Il Fornaio; The Bistro; Coronado Golf Course; Brigantine; Miguels; and the Marriot after church on Sundays. His calm demeanor, big smile, heart of gold and the occasional ‘Holy Moly’ will be missed by all. He leaves a big footprint, deep legacy, and loved ones from all four points of the country.

Friends and family can celebrate his life during a memorial service on Saturday afternoon, April 23rd, 2016 at 1:00 with Coronado Congregational Church. The service will be held in the Village School Auditorium on H Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets in Coronado, CA. Please bring a smile and a story. Reception to follow. His internment will be into Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in the name of the Hurt Family Trust to the Sharp Hospice Care Fund, P. O. Box 1750, La Mesa, CA 91944-1750

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