George Charles Dart

George Charles Dart, who served as principal of Ozark Adventist Academy from 1996-2002, died March 3, 2012, in Loma Linda, California. Born July 8, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, Elder Dart served the church for more than 50 years as pastor, educator and administrator. He is survived by his second wife, Connie Stewart Dart (his first wife, Naomi Vartenuk, pre-deceased Dart in 1996); four children, Chuck (Sherri), Cheri (Alan), Jed (Lee Lee) and Jolene (Kent); and grandchildren Chad, Kristi, Caroline and Heidi.

Elder Dart started his ministry in Sandusky, Ohio, where he was a singing evangelist. He later became pastor of the Mansfield church and Bible teacher at Mt. Vernon Academy. In 1957, Elder Dart became principal of Blue Mountain Academy in Pennsylvania. In 1964, Elder Dart was called to Texas to pastor the Keene church, and then served as president of the Texas Conference. In 1975, he became principal of Milo Academy in Oregon and eventually superintendent of schools for the Oregon Conference.

“Papa” Dart as he was known by the Ozark Adventist Academy students.

After his retirement, Elder Dart served as principal of Ozark Adventist Academy. In 1986, Elder Dart accepted a call to be president of the Southern California Conference, where he served until he retired again in 1993. This retirement was short-lived, as he accepted a call to again serve as principal of Milo Academy. Two years later, Elder Dart moved to Ozark Adventist Academy, to serve again as principal. When he finally retired for good in 2002, Elder Dart and Connie moved to her hometown of Parkersburg, West Virginia, where he volunteered at the local church. In 2005, the Darts returned to California.

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