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Otho Hartgraves

Otho Morris Hartgraves

Wednesday, August 9th, 1933 - Thursday, August 27th, 2020
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Otho Morris Hartgraves, 87, passed away at his home in Runaway Bay, Texas on August 27, 2020. He was surrounded by his loving wife of 61 years, Claudette (Ledbetter) Hartgraves, his daughter Joni Kaye Hartgraves Latimer and her husband Joe Latimer, his son Dr. Morri Dave Hartgraves and his wife Letitia Simpson Hartgraves. In good health for his age, he passed away unexpectedly after a catastrophic fall in his home. Morris was born in Maryneal, Texas on August 9, 1933 to Otho Brice Hartgraves and Mary Inez (Russell) Hartgraves. He attended Highland School and then Divide High School in Nolan, Texas where he graduated in 1951. He graduated from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. He served his country in Korea from 1955 to 1957. He married the love of his life, Claudette Ledbetter, on March 28, 1959. He then continued his education and earned his Master’s degree at McMurry University in 1963. Mr. Hartgraves first worked in accounting at W.S. Gypsum in Sweetwater, Texas. He enjoyed his work and was quickly advancing in the business world. However, he realized his true calling was helping youth. He made a career change and began teaching. He began his career in education as a teacher in Sweetwater before moving to San Angelo, TX with his young family in 1965. He worked as a teacher, coach, and principal in San Angelo until his retirement in 1990. Morris was a lifelong Methodist and a long time member of Trinity United Methodist Church in San Angelo. He served in many organizations in San Angelo. They ranged from directing activities at the Boys Club to serving on the Cancer Board. He fought hard in getting the first youth recreation centers in San Angelo. He especially enjoyed the time he gave to children in Head Start and to helping individuals in the Adult Literacy Program. He gave his heart and everything he had to his students in all walks of life. He was a dedicated “Dad” to many of his elementary students. He used his personal pickup truck to take kids to track meets, ball games, banquets, church and other community activities. What would start out with one or two kids needing a ride would end up being a pickup bed full of children headed to school events or other community events. Although he was offered many opportunities in business and within the school district, Morris dedicated himself to his grade school students, wanting to offer them a better chance in life. He was such a role model to these students that many said they wished he was their Dad. And he wished every child could have a safe, secure life. It wasn’t uncommon for former students of all ages, from teenagers to 60-year-olds, to drop by just wanting to talk to him at school or while he was at home. Students frequently stopped by to ask for his advice and to ask for help with life decisions. He would quietly listen before answering. He loved this interaction with students and it was never an inconvenience to him. Later in his life, former students, young and old, would ask his children, “Is Mr. Hartgraves your Dad? He made a difference in how my life turned out”. Morris was a kind, selfless man. Even though he had to use a cane, one of the last things he did was walk in the woods behind his home to pick wildflowers that he brought home as a surprise for his wife. No services will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to West Texas Boys Ranch or your favorite charity.
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Although I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Mr. Morris (as I called him) as long as others have, I grew to care about him and, looked forward to visiting with him whenever I saw him. He always asked about my job as a teacher, and how my family and I were doing. We seemed to be able to talk about anything and everything and I will miss him tremendously. God bless and keep him for eternity. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his wife Claudette, his children, and his extended family and friends. Shandalyn McKinley


Posted at 02:40pm
I’m so sorry to hear of Morris’s passing. I’ve always remembered him so fondly. He was my principal at Fannin for many years. He knew just how to handle all us women! He was kind and fun to work with. We laughed and cried through the good times and bad, through the successes and failures. He was knowledgeable and cared for his students and faculty. Under his leadership, the Fannin staff became a family. We rarely had teachers leave or many changes for years. We all trusted and depended on each other. He promoted that kind of climate. He was indeed a good man! Sari Martin

Danny Valadez

Posted at 07:07pm
Sad to hear that Mr. Hartgraves has passed. My deepest sympathy to his family. I met Mr. Hartgraves in January,1971 when I was a student-teacher at Fannin Elementary in San Angelo. In Sept. of that same year he hired me to teach 6th grade. Not only did he mentor me as a teacher but also as a principal while I was at Sam Houston Elementary. On Fridays during the school year several of us principals would meet downstairs of the old State Bank on Sherwood Way for coffee. We enjoyed this professional relation- ship until 1979 at which time I moved to Fort Worth. He was a positive role model to all his students. I remember him as a gentle, kind person who was always willing to help. May his memory be a blessing to his family. Danny Valadez

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