Patrick Hartmann, a leader in the Michigan blueberry industry for more than 50, years, died Oct. 19. He was 80.

Michigan blueberry pioneer Hartmann dies


A member of the Michigan Blueberry Growers Association’s board of directors for many years, Hartmann organized the first tissue culture propagation laboratory for disease-free plants and was the first Michigan grower to produce greenhouse blueberries, according to a family news release.

A native of Chicago, Hartmann moved with his parents to Lacota, Mich. when Patrick was a teenager. Hartman and his father, Edward Hartmann, worked together building the family’s blueberry farm and nursery, Hartmann’s Plant Co., until his father retired in 1970.

Hartmann is survived by his sons: Dan, Patrick, Jim and Dennis; his daughters: Patrice Hartmann-Rabell and Ann Hartmann-Fouts; 13 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

In his honor, the family has established a scholarship fund. Memorial contributions may be made to the Patrick J. Hartmann Blueberry Scholarship Fund, 4230 S. Westnedge, Ste. 6, Kalamazoo, Mich. 49008.