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Guy Garland Hartley Jr., born June 9, 1921 in Pendergrass, GA, passed away peacefully with family by his side on July 13, 2013.
Guy Garland Hartley Jr.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Halfrid Rist; his sons, Steve
Garland and Benjamin Eberhardt; grandchildren, Laura and Justin; and three great-grandchildren.
As a young man of 17, Guy left home and joined the U.S. Navy. Before his 21st birthday he had earned the rank of commander and was stationed aboard the USS Whisper. During his service in WWII his ship was amongst the devastation in Pearl Harbor, where he received the Bronze Star for his heroism. Guy went on to become an Underwater Demolition Team member (UDT) where he received many injuries requiring the use of a new experimental drug, Penicillin. Once recovered, Guy went on to earn his PhD in psychology from UC Berkeley, while still serving in the Navy. Guy continued to serve his country and fought in the Korean conflict till his retirement in 1954.
Guy went on to become a highly successful businessman, co-founding Spot Nails Inc. in the late 50's (Fastenal) and then co-founding Thousand Trails in the late 60's. In 1979 he started a construction company in Mill Creek that became very successful. In 1998, Guy retired to be able to spend more time with his wife and to remodel the house they both loved so very much for over 30 years.
Guy's attention to detail and incredible wit made him a very successful businessman; his passion for life, approachability, and devotion to friends and family made him an amazing man. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
A private service will be held July 26, 2013 at Evergreen Cemetery with close family.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from July 21 to July 26, 2013