Downtown Needles, CA: A memorial service for William David Hartwick will be held today.

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Downtown Needles, CA: A memorial service for William David Hartwick will be held today.

 

A memorial service for William David Hartwick, also known as Billy Hartwick, will be held on Friday, February 7th, 2014 at Saint Ann’s Catholic Church located at 218 D Street near Third Street in Downtown Needles, California.

Big O Tires in Downtown Needles, California confirmed both on Friday, January 10th, 2014 and Monday, January 13th, 2014 of the memorial service.

 

The memorial service will begin at around 11:00am PT with Morning Mass at Saint Ann’s Catholic Church followed by a celebration wake event at the Needles Elks Lodge #1608 located at 1000 Lilly Hill Drive in Needles, California.

Big O Tires also confirmed to ZachNews on both on Friday, January 10th, 2014 and Monday, January 13th, 2014 that Big O Tires as well as NAPA Auto Parts, both located at 949 West Broadway near G Street in Downtown Needles, California, will be closed on Friday, February 7th, 2014 to attend the memorial service for William David Hartwick.

 

Big O Tires and NAPA Auto Parts in Downtown Needles, California will be open on Saturday, February 8th, 2014 at 8:00am PT.

 

 

William David Hartwick was born on Wednesday, April 22nd, 1959 to Robert L. and Joyce R. Hartwick in Apple Valley, California and spent his early years in Victorville, California.

 

The Hartwick family moved to Needles, California in 1975 where he graduated from Needles High School as class of 1977 then later attended Orange Coast College and San Diego State University, studying Geology and Business.

 

In 1985, he married his soul mate, Eileen Hoban of Fullerton, California and they chose to return to Needles, California to raise their family and operate then later own Big O Tires and NAPA Auto Parts where he ran the business with honesty, integrity, and efficiency well always looking out for the safety of each vehicle he put back onto the road and treated his customers as family.

 

He loved to play golf, go boating, go camping, go rock hounding, go horseback riding, and story telling to family, friends, and even to his customers.

 

 

Those who him tell ZachNews that Billy was a man who loved to spend time with his family and his friends and loved his community calling him a kind and generous man who was always most charitable when he could remain anonymous in performing countless random acts of charity.

 

He loved this great community and participated in everything including the Needles Centennial Celebration, the Needles Rodeo Committee; served on the Needles City Council; served on the Needles Planning Commission; served multiple terms as Board Member and President of the Needles Chamber of Commerce; served on the Needles Unified School District; served on the National Federation of Independent Business (N.F.I.B.); and served on the High Desert Air Quality Management District (H.D.A.Q.M.D.) Advisory Board; and was a member of Saint Ann’s Catholic Church; Elks Lodge 1608; Fraternal Order of Eagles #2599 (Eagles Aerie 2599); and was president of the Needles Television Club.

 

He was honored by the Needles Chamber of Commerce for Citizen of the Year in 1993 then for Business of the Year in 2010.

 

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He provided the gift of life to many strangers as an organ donor.

 

The internment of his remains will be private.

 

 

In lieu of flowers and to keep the spirit of giving back to the community, the family is requesting that donations be made to any of the following causes that “Billy” supported:

 

** Education: **

 

– Elks National Foundation.

 

– Needles Community Scholarship Fund.

 

 

** Services to those less fortunate: **

 

– Saint Vincent de Paul.

 

– Martha’s Pantry in Needles, California.

 

– Flagstaff Family Food Center in Flagstaff, Arizona.

 

 

** Community: **

 

– Needles Dog Park in Needles, California which was a project that Billy wanted to see be completed.

 

 

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