Robert Pollock Hartzell
1934 - 2020
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Robert Pollock Hartzell (86) passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones on November 21, 2020.
Born April 16, 1934 in San Rafael, California, Bob began his university studies at UC Berkley. He was one of the original "Twinkling Tubas" in the Cal Marching Band. Bob transferred to UC Davis graduating with a B.S. in Plant Sciences. He was a brother in the fraternity of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Following a stint in the U.S. Army, Bob worked as an agronomist for Tillie Lewis Foods in Stockton where he helped to introduce Roma tomatoes to the U.S. market as well as moving tomato harvesting from hand-picked to a mechanized harvest. Under Governor Ronald Reagan, he served as Deputy Director of the Department of Food and Agriculture for the state of California. Following that post, Bob worked with the Iran-California Farming Company to develop desert lands for growing crops for the European market, and in Indonesia developing palm oil production. Bringing his professional life back to U.S. soil, he was co-owner of the Murphy's Historic Hotel in the foothills of California where he led the restoration efforts for the historic property. For 18 years, Bob served as Executive Director of the California Association of Wine Grape Growers (CAWG) working tirelessly to promote the wines of California receiving recognition from the United States House of Representatives for his contributions to the wine industry.
One of Bob's personal passions was music, and he was an accomplished pianist and organist. In addition to these instruments, he also played the bass fiddle in the Stockton Symphony Orchestra. He was instrumental in the restoration and installation of the theater pipe organ in the Bob Hope Theater in Stockton as well as the theater pipe organ at Ironstone Vineyards. Bob fulfilled his dream of combining agriculture, wine, and pipe organ music when he purchased the 2/11 Robert Morton Theater Pipe Organ that was originally installed in San Francisco's Castro Theatre in 1987, followed by the vineyard property on which he built the complex which would house the organ. The culmination of this dream was co-founding Harmony Wynelands with his wife Linda. He loved to entertain family, friends, and visitors by playing requests on the pipe organ.
Just a few of Bob's significant professional and personal distinctions are The Award of Distinction from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Science at UC Davis (1998), the Stockton Arts Commission Service Award (2013), the Fox Bob Hope Theatre Meritorious Service Award (2006), Lodi District Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Person of the Year (1997). His great love of his community led to serving on many boards and committees including The San Joaquin Historical Society, The International Order of the Knights of the Vine (Founding Member-Lodi Chapter), Rotary International, the Order of the Masonic Lodge.
He will be remembered by his wife, Linda; by his children, Dana Day, Julia Saenz, and Mark (Susan); by his stepchildren, Shaun MacKay, Melinda (Will) Browning; grandchildren, Aimee Bangoura, Alana Clark, Brynna Day, Nicole Saenz, Savannah Saenz, William Hartzell, Haylee Hartzell, Harrison Browning, and Hugh Browning; five great grandchldren; sister, Mary Sue (Lt. Col. Thomas J) Wham; and nephews, Robert H Wham and Thomas B Wham.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Meredith Pollock Hartzell; his father, Oliver R. Hartzell; his brother, John Oliver Hartzell; and his nephew John Eric Wham.
Memorial Services are private. Donations can be made to Butterflfy Auxilliary-Hospice of San Joaquin (3888 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95204), Friends of the Fox (242 E. Main Street Stockton, CA 95202) or the Lodi Rotary Club Foundation PO Box 821 Lodi, CA 9241).

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Published in Lodi-News Sentinel from Dec. 2 to Dec. 8, 2020.
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December 13, 2020
Thank you Bob and the family at Harmony Wynelands and the
Fox - Bob Hope!
It was a genuine pleasure to know all of you and to be acquainted
with someone with so much talent but always a friendly greeting!
Bob will be missed but the family is a treasure to all of us and we
will continue to be a part of the Harmony Wyneland "fan" club-
The best to you all and God be with you!
Bill and Pam Rapp
Acquaintance
December 11, 2020
So sorry Linda and family. Bob was such a bright, talented good man. Like many over achieving people , Bob was humble about his accomplishments and always seemed to me to have a quiet dignity that wise men have.
Ken Meyers
Friend
December 9, 2020
Sorry to hear of the Hartzell family's loss. They were neighbors on Ayers Avenue.
Brian Lear
Neighbor
December 7, 2020
There was no better person to represent California, wine and the arts than Bob. RIP
David Crippen
Acquaintance
December 7, 2020
So sad to know Bob is gone. I’m sure he and Rich are chatting up all this COVID19 and crappy 2 years in the wine/vineyard business!!! I feel like I can even hear the conversations now. Whatta great guy he was. He will be remembered always by many, many friends and cohorts and adversaries in the Calif and national wine business. My heart goes out to Linda and the family.
Claudia A. Smith
Friend
December 7, 2020
Bob you will be missed but you lived a great life - much more fulfilling than most. I have always enjoyed chatting with you and gaining insight into the world. Lind I am sorry for your loss.
Jerry Bransom
Acquaintance
December 7, 2020
Bob, you were my guiding light in the wine industry.
Bill McIver
Friend
December 7, 2020
Dear Linda - I am sorry to hear about Bob and I hope you are doing okay. He was a great guy to do business with and I always enjoyed my visits to your vineyard and winery. Take care.
Charles G Tsegeletos
Friend
December 7, 2020
Bob was a dear, dear friend to a fledgling association director from Ohio. He was generous with his time, opening so many doors and offering sage advice. He was an amazing, kind man to whom I and the entire American industry owes so much. Rest in peace Bob. Donniella Winchell, Ohio Wines.
Donniella Winchell
Friend
December 7, 2020
Linda, Holly and I were so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. His energy, music and spirt always inspired me. We will keep you and the rest of the family in our thoughts and prayers.
Craig & Holly Rous
Friend
December 7, 2020
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John Salisbury
December 6, 2020
I am so pleased to have known Bob. He is an inspiration to many people. He will live on in our memories.

Lee Tecklenburg
Lee Tecklenburg
Friend
December 6, 2020
December 6, 2020
Bob was a true gentleman, a good friend and a fellow wine lover. He will be missed and condolences to Linda and the rest of the family.
Steve and Lori Felten
Neighbor
December 4, 2020
I was saddened to hear about Bob's passing. I will miss my fellow Aggie, his warmth, his stories of his life, and his organ playing. My thoughts and prayers are with Linda and his family.
Barbara Lachendro
Friend
December 4, 2020
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George and Sandy Rendell
December 4, 2020
Linda,so sorry to hear of Bobs passing he was a kind and remarkable man. Jim and Karen Peek
Jim Peek
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December 3, 2020
I hope the wine list up there is acceptable
He always treated us as glad to see you
David
December 3, 2020
To The Hartzell Family:
I am sorry to learn of the loss of Bob. The man was truly a genius. May he Rest In Peace.
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Jerry Tyson
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