WILLIAM DAVID HARTWICK
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~William David Hartwick (Billy to those who knew him the longest), age 54 of Needles, Calif., was called to his heavenly reward January 2, 2014, after an acute brain aneurysm.
~Bill was born on April 22, 1959 to Robert L. and Joyce R. Hartwick in Apple Valley, Calif., and spent his early years in Victorville, Calif. The Hartwick family moved to Needles in 1975 where he graduated from Needles High School, class of 1977. He attended Orange Coast College and San Diego State University, studying Geology and Business. He married his soul mate, Eileen Hoban of Fullerton, Calif. in 1985. They chose to return to Needles to raise their family and operate and later own Big O Tires & Auto Parts.
~Bill was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, president of the Needles Community TV Club, Needles Elks Lodge #1608, Fraternal Order of Eagles #2599, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Needles Chamber of Commerce where he served multiple terms as Board Member, President, and Rodeo chairman. He served the citizens of Needles on the City Council, Planning Commission, NUSD School Board, High Desert Air Quality Management District (HDAQMD) Advisory Board. Bill was honored as San Bernardino Up & Coming Businessman (1991), Needles Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year (1993), and Business of the Year (2010).
~He loved to spend time with family and friends sharing his passion for golf, boating, camping, rock hounding, horseback riding, and story telling. Bill was a kind and generous man, always most charitable when he could remain anonymous, performing countless random acts of charity. Every customer became his friend and his friends were treated as family. He ran his business with honesty, integrity and efficiency, always looking out for the safety of each vehicle he put back on the road.
~Bill was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert Rolland and Ethel C. Hartwick of Apple Valley, Calif. and Leroy and Louise Rahder of Barstow, Calif.; uncle, Richard Rolland Hartwick of Apple Valley, Calif.; and nephew, Brett Alan Hartwick of Barstow, Calif.
~He is survived by his beloved wife and business partner, Eileen Hoban Hartwick; three sons, Rolland David of Prescott, Ariz., Kenton William of Needles, Calif., and Nolan Thomas of San Diego, Calif.; his parents, Robert L. and Joyce R. Hartwick of Flagstaff, Ariz.; older brother, Robert (Debra) Hartwick of Mohave Valley, Ariz.; younger sister, Colleen (Ford) Brochheuser of Flagstaff, Ariz.; aunt, Rosalee Hartwick, Apple Valley, Calif.; cousins, Bradley (Kelly) Hartwick of Bakersfield, Calif., Katherine (Gerald) Gentry of Victorville, Calif.; parents-in-law Thomas and Sheila Hoban of Fullerton, Calif.; the siblings of his heart, Sheila (Mike) Eakle, Thomas (Cheryl) Hoban, Kevin (Cindy) Hoban, Edward (Kim) Hoban, Margaret (Ken) Shannon, Timothy (Supriya) Hoban, Daniel (Judith) Hoban, Jerome (Lisa) Hoban, Kathleen (Tibi) Molnar; three God daughters, Bridget Eakle Watts, Allison Hoban Shannon, Lyla Kay Hoban; thirty nieces and nephews; and 13 grand-nieces and nephews.
~Bill will be remembered in a Memorial Mass at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, February 7, 2014, celebrated by Fr. Enrique Sera, (the priest that married Bill and Eileen almost 29 years ago) at St Ann Catholic Church, 218 D. Street, Needles, followed by a celebration wake at Needles Elks Lodge, 1000 Lilly Hill, Needles Calif.
~Generous even in death, as an organ donor he provided the gift of life to many strangers. Internment of his remains will be private.
~In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to any of the causes he held dear:
Education – so our youth can expand their horizons and make informed choices:
Elks National Foundation
Needles Community Scholarship Fund
Care for those less fortunate – "Whatsoever you do for these, my brothers, you do for me":
St. Vincent de Paul
Martha's Pantry, Needles
Flagstaff Family Food Center
The Needles Dog Park – a project he wanted to see completed so his buddy Rio would have a safe place to run with his friends.
Published in Mohave Daily News Online from Jan. 15 to Jan. 22, 2014