Quentin Raymond Hartley, devoted and loving husband, brother, father, grandfather and friend, departed this earth on November 10, 2013 of natural causes at the age of 75.
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Quentin was born in Ontario, OR and grew up in Boise, ID as the second oldest of six children born to Vincent and Effie Hartley. In his youth, he had a passion for building and fixing anything and everything, participated in Scouts and later was a volunteer fireman. He enjoyed buying and restoring wrecked cars as a hobby. He took pleasure in building and remodeling his homes, fishing and especially watching NASCAR.
For as long as anyone can remember, Quentin was a Businessman. Even as a child in Scouts, he worked raising money and selling Christmas Trees. Many may remember him say over the years, "As long as I have my job, everything is OK." Those that have had the pleasure of working with him describe him as always being "cool, calm and collected." He never panicked when a challenge was sent his way, he merely told others to calm down and find a solution. In his early twenties, he took employment with Browning Freight Lines and after nine years was appointed as the Boise Terminal Manager by George A. Browning. After 20 years with Browning, Quentin went on to start his own door business, Western Specialties, which he successfully owned and operated for twenty years before retiring with his wife to Yuma, Arizona. He was a self-taught man in many ways, always learning and tackling problems he was confronted with.
For the entirety of his life, he lived for his family and every decision he ever made, was made with regard to the benefit of his family making sure their needs were met before his own. In many ways, Quentin was the immediate family's Patriarch and his advice was often sought before a family member made a big decision. His wisdom was greatly valued by the family and his character was one in which others used as a compass to navigate by. Although his family was spread across the Country (even the World) he always made plans for the next visit and never hesitated to drive for hours to do so. Even as he grew older, he was still a trooper while being dragged through DisneyWorld or flying across the ocean to walk the streets of Paris, never once complaining at the rigors the family put him through. It was never the locations or activities that mattered to him, just the being with his family.
Quentin is preceded in death by his parents Vincent and Effie Hartley. He is succeeded in death by his wife of 57 years Sue, his brothers Dick, Don and wife Bert, Dell and wife Barbara, Mark, his sister Cherie and three children, Quentin Roland and wife Barbara, Kris Wiker, Cindy Crane and husband Don. He leaves behind ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
The family asks that no flowers be sent and that instead you join them for a Celebration of Life reception and luncheon on Saturday, November 30, 2013, 2pm, at the Rio Colorado Estates clubhouse on Redondo Rd, Yuma, AZ. Main dish and refreshments will be provided. Side dishes are welcome. For information please contact Joan at (928) 210-2057 or Carrie at (928)210-4799.
Published in The Yuma Sun from Nov. 13 to Nov. 14, 2013