William H. Bill' Hartley October 9, 1929 - November 11, 2021 Oceanside William H. "Bill" Hartley (92 yrs), PGA Professional, beloved, faithful, husband, brother, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, passed away Veterans Day 2021. Preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, MaryLou, & 4 brothers. He is survived by his children: Holly, LuLong, Eddie, Molly & Polly, 12 grandchildren/7 great grandchildren and a brother, Stewart, of High Point, NC.
He grew up in High Point, NC graduating from Wake Forest College. He met his lovely bride there and together they relocated to CA when Bill joined the Marines. After that, he went on to become the Golf Professional at Camp Pendleton for 25 years. He & MaryLou raised their family in Oceanside where Bill taught the game to all ages.
A lifetime member of the PGA of America, he earned SCPGA Golfer of the year many times and twice landed an invitation to play in the 3 local PGA Celebrity Golf tournaments. His children tagged along, caddied occasionally and were very proud of their Dad.
After serving the military, his interests in golf grew and he helped bring to fruition the development of Vista Valley Country Club where he served early on as their Golf Pro.
In his latter years, he continued to give golf lessons, enjoy his ever growing family, and aid in his ailing wife's care.
He will be remembered for his patriotism, sportsmanship, fun, laughter, and kindness to all who knew him and those who played the game of golf.
A memorial service in his honor will be held on Dec. 3 at Eternal Hills Mortuary, Oceanside at 10 a.m. with a reception preceding the service from 8-10 a.m. Masks are required by Eternal Hills current protocol. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the local chapter of Junior Golf (www.sdjga.org
Published by San Diego Union-Tribune on Nov. 28, 2021.