Sally Zahn Hartman

sally hartman

October 9, 1934 ~ January 8, 2024

Born in: Manhattan Beach, California
Resided in: Manhattan Beach, California

A resident of Manhattan Beach since birth, Sally Zahn Hartman was the fifth of six children of Howard Zahn and Florence Zahn.  Her pioneer family came to Manhattan Beach in 1922, where her father formed a development project with George Peck to build and sell custom homes, some of which stand to this day, usually in a Spanish style.  The building at the corner of 33rd and Highland that houses Beach Pizza is one of her father’s buildings, and he developed three of the four corners at that intersection.

Sally was in the first kindergarten class at Grandview School.  She attended Center Middle School and graduated from Redondo Union High School.  At that time, Mira Costa was still a dream.  From there, with a scholarship she went to Palos Verdes College.  With a degree, she was the 451st employee of T.R.W., an up-and-coming space company.

Married 30 years to her late husband, Vernon Hartman.  She is survived by her two sons, Timothy Hartman and Eric Hartman; Eric’s wife, Nancie; her two grandchildren, Daniel Hartman and Elizabeth Fender, and one great-grandchild, Wayne Fender.  She is also survived by one brother, Paul Zahn, and his wife, Sylvie, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Sally was a Realtor for over 30 years, serving as Secretary-Treasurer and third Vice President on the South Bay Board of Realtors and a State Director at the California Association of Realtors.

She was active in the Dolphins of Manhattan Beach, a federated women’s group that served the South Bay’s Health Center and many philanthropic programs and scholarships.

Sally loved Manhattan Beach, from her childhood undeveloped sand lots to her love of the ocean.  It was always a vacation.

Things she missed: The La Mar Theatre, Joe’s Candy Cottage, Metlox Pottery, and the original City Hall.

Things she loved: The pier, Becker’s Bakery, Sand Dune Park, Metlox Plaza and Seagulls

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