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