Ted (Edward Keith) Hartley, age 80, a resident of Needles, California, passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2021 with his wife, son and sister-in-law, Betty Klatt by his bedside in St. George after a courageous battle with complications from the Corona Virus.
Ted had celebrated his 80th birthday on July 19, 2020. It was a quiet celebration due to the restrictions from the virus. He was born in Fortuna, California on July 19, 1940 to Lydia Ellen and Fred Hartley. Ted spent his early years in Humboldt County. His family moved to the desert on advice from his physician due to his asthma. He lived in Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada until he settled in Needles, California where he graduated from high school and began his career with Southern California Gas Company. He worked in the same industry until he retired in 1997. He started as a Pipeline Repairman and worked his way to welder, Certified Welding Inspector and finished as a Pipeline Inspector in Goleta, California.
Ted served his country with the Arizona Army National Guard. He served from 1963 until 1969. His specialty during his service was in the Military Police, qualifying as a Sharpshooter.
Ted married Linda Cook in 1966 and they were married 54 years. They had one son, Randy who currently resides in Atlanta and is a Financial Advisor. They have two grandchildren, Teddy and Cecilia.
If you were to ask Ted what he was most proud of it would be his family. In particular he was very proud of Randy who was an internationally ranked swimmer and earned a college scholarship for his work and dedication. In the early years, Ted was up early getting Randy to his early morning workout and rarely missed the additional afternoon workout.
Ted loved to fish, hunt, and play golf. He enjoyed visiting and playing on many famous golf courses with Randy. They frequently attended the Masters Tournament in Augusta and on Ted's 70th birthday, Randy treated his father to the British Open at St. Andrews, Scotland. For his 80th birthday, Ted purchased a golf cart. He was very visible on the course with the "blue" cart.
With lots of nephews, Ted was able to pass the knowledge he gained from his hobbies and enjoyed working with all of them. He liked to take the time to share what he had learned, mainly being self-taught.
Ted is survived by his wife, Linda; his son, Randy; and his grandchildren, Teddy and Cecilia; also, an extended family of cousins and in-laws. Being an only child, he loved the entirety of his family.
He was a loving, kind and gentle person who touched many lives and will be missed.
Published in Mohave Daily News Online on Feb. 17, 2021.