July 3, 2007 -- Walter Hirt, 74, beloved husband, father, grandfather and printing industry pioneer, passed away Sunday, July 1, 2007 at his home in Fallbrook, California.
A native of Nice, France, Walter’s lifelong quest for adventure and achievement took him from France to Switzerland, England and in 1956 to South Africa where he founded his own lithographic printing company – Hirt & Carter – in 1964. He was highly regarded as an innovative pioneer by his peers, his clients and the industry he served.
When he moved to the United States in 1983, he brought with him an entrepreneurial spirit and a dedication to quality and service that today constitute the guiding principles of Primary Color, the company he founded.
Walter relished the unique climate and geography of California and found it an ideal location to fuel his passion for gardening, photography and for exploring the hidden treasures of the surrounding deserts and mountains.
Walter Hirt is survived by his wife Elisabeth, his sons Ron, Dan and Mike and grandchildren Julia, Adrian, Nicholas and Kayla.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
Fallbrook Garden Club, P.O. Box 1702, Fallbrook CA 92088 Attn: President / Hirt
Anza-Borrego Foundation. PO Box 2001, Borrego Springs, CA 92004 Attn: Hirt Fund