Dr. Robert Wayne Hartley
1944 - 2021
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Dr. Robert Wayne Hartley
Dr. Robert Wayne Hartley, 76, of St. Augustine, FL, passed away on January 30, 2021 after a courageous battle with Covid-19.
Wayne was born on November 23, 1944 to Virgil and Fran Hartley in St. Augustine, FL. After graduating from St. Augustine High School in 1962, he went on to complete a bachelor's in history from the University of Florida, a master's in American studies from Stetson University and a doctorate in education from Kansas University.
In 1968, he met Mary Lynn (Miller) Hartley, and they wed in the summer of 1969. They have two children, Suzanne and Kristen.
"Doc Hartley," as his students affectionately referred to him, was a well-known and well-respected educator in St. Johns County for almost 30 years. He began teaching at Crookshank Elementary and Hastings High School in the late 1960s, and after completing his higher education degrees, he returned to his beloved hometown in the 1980s to teach history at Nease High School and Pedro Menendez High School. He, along with other business partners, administrators and dedicated teaching colleagues, pursued funding and designed the first high school academies in St. Johns County. What began as a vision and hard work to establish a few academies at select schools, has evolved into multiple academies at all high schools in St. Johns County.
After retiring in 2010, Wayne enjoyed spending time with friends and family, taking long drives, bird watching at Princess Place, fishing with his wife, cheering for the Gators, spoiling his three grandchildren and encouraging his daughters to pursue their dreams. He lived by the mantra of "All Who Wander are Not Lost."
Wayne was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary Lynn, his daughters, Suzanne (Hartley) Triplett [Russell] and Kristen Hartley, and his three grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Sue (Hartley) Wetherington and Shelley (Hartley) Desvousges [Bill], and his brother, Michael Hartley. Wayne was admired, loved and adored by his large, extended family and many dear friends. Words alone cannot convey how deeply we will miss his sharp wit, big dreams and generous spirit.
A memorial service to celebrate Wayne's life will be announced at a later date when it is safe to gather. A memorial scholarship fund will be announced at a later date as well. In lieu of gifts or flowers, please make a donation in Wayne's name to the charity of your choice.

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Published in St. Augustine Record from Feb. 4 to Feb. 5, 2021.
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February 10, 2021
Great Co-worker for many years. Rest in power my friend
Dwaine Fisher
Coworker
February 7, 2021
Doc will go down as one of the best teachers/ mentors I have ever had. He was a friend that taught us. I would not be the person that I became without him or the CEAD program. We will forever miss you Doc!
JB Harris
Student
February 6, 2021
Having Wayne Hartley as a colleague made my years at Nease High School a lot more fun and interesting. One could never have a brief conversation with Wayne; He had way too many good stories, especially local St. Augustine history. And even after years of having taught together, in our retirement, we would share several cups of coffee at Theo's Restaurant while Wayne would regale us with family stories: Mary Lynn's (another great educator) latest adventures with grandchildren; Suzanne's accomplishments, and Kristen's exciting travels. I loved them
all. I mourn the loss of Wayne Harley and feel lucky to have known him.
Sincerely, Becky Nolan Greenberg
Becky Nolan Greenberg
Coworker
February 6, 2021
An amazing man, who inspired so many! Thank you for the adventures and life lessons. You're a part of our hearts forever.
Laura Black Wilcoxen
Student
February 6, 2021
Wayne was a wonderful man. He was extremely capable with a vivid vision of what is and can be possible. He exhibited strong belief in his students, his colleagues, and his community. May he rest in peace knowing that his actions improved our world. May my friend and colleague, Mary Lynn, and her daughters find comfort in the memories of this good man.
Bob Allten
Coworker
February 6, 2021
Doc Harley was a legend! He was such a devoted teacher and many are grateful for their time in CEAD thanks to him. Two of my favorite memories of Doc was taking my class of CEAD 10th graders to Key West, and how passionate he was about US History!

On behalf of the Class of 2003, our deepest condolences to his family. Thank you for sharing Doc with us.

Very respectfully, Liz Frostenson
Liz Frostenson
Student
February 5, 2021
He will be greatly missed. He had one of the biggest hearts. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, daughters, son in laws, and grandkids. They were his world and he was so proud of all of them.
Kym Wright
Friend
February 5, 2021
Doc Hartley was one of the best teachers at Nease and I will forever remember his passion for teaching and the CEAD program which we all loved. I am so sorry for his loss and will keep his family in my thoughts and prayers.
Amanda Kinkade
Student
February 5, 2021
Doc was one of my favorite teachers at Nease. I loved his CEAD program. I’m so very sorry for your loss.
Beth Joyce
Student
February 5, 2021
I spent many years at Nease High School working with Wayne. He was an outstanding teacher and a wonderful friend. Wayne was a brilliant man and respected by all! I cannot believe he is gone, but he will always stay in our hearts and memories. My deepest sympathies go out to Mary Lynn and the girls. Sally
Sally Mitalas
Friend
February 5, 2021
Doc was one of the best teachers. I will always remember his positive energy and support throughout my CEAD experience. All my love and prayers to the Hartley family.
Cristin Williams
Student
February 5, 2021
To the family of Dr Hartley,

I would like to offer my condolences. I first met Dr. Hartley as a student of his at Nease High school as one of his first CEAD students. I really enjoyed talking with him. I learned so much from him. He was an amazing teacher that truly cared for his students. He will be missed but never forgotten.

V/R,
Milton L. Reese Jr.
Milton Reese
Student
February 5, 2021
To the family of Dr Hartley,

I would like to offer my condolences. I first met Dr. Hartley as a student of his at Nease High school as one of his first CEAD students. I really enjoyed talking with him. I learned so much from him. He was an amazing teacher that truly cared for his students. He will be missed but never forgotten.

V/R,
Milton L. Reese Jr.
Milton Reese
Student
February 5, 2021
Wayne wrote the first, and still one of the very best, studies of the civil rights movement in St. Augustine. I treasure a copy that I have read more than once and recommended frequently. I remember fondly our talks on that and other historic topics. My heart goes out to the family. Rest in Peace, old friend.
David Nolan
Friend
February 5, 2021
Mary Lynn and family; both Bobbi and I are deeply saddened to hear of Wayne’s passing. He was a wonderful man and will remain in our hearts and thoughts forever. We wish you all peace and love. Jerry and Bobbi Harvey
Jerry and Bobbi Harvey
Friend
February 5, 2021
So sorry for the family. I will miss our early morning coffee with my cousin Wayne and Joe at Cracker Barrel. He was so proud of his wife,
daughters and grand children.
Brenda Hartley Ashton
Family
February 4, 2021
Dr. Hartley was a mentor to me at Nease High School with the Latin American Studies Program. He was a genius at grant writing and sharing his positive "sky's the limit" attitude. I was lucky enough to work with him at both Nease and Menendez. To top it off, I was blessed to teach his girls. What a lovely family! He is an inspiration to all educators. I send to his family my most heartfelt condolences.
Elizabeth Harris
Coworker
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