Rotarian Memorial Page
Robert Pollock Hartzell (86) passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones on November 21, 2020.
Born April 16, 1934 in San Rafael, California, Bob began his university studies at UC Berkley. He was one of the original "Twinkling Tubas" in the Cal Marching Band. Bob transferred to UC Davis graduating with a B.S. in Plant Sciences. He was a brother in the fraternity of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Following a stint in the U.S. Army, Bob worked as an agronomist for Tillie Lewis Foods in Stockton . where he helped to introduce Roma tomatoes to the U.S. market as well as moving tomato harvesting from hand-picked to a mechanized harvest. Under Governor Ronald Reagan, he served as Deputy Director of the Department of Food and Agriculture for the state of California.
Following that post, Bob worked with the Iran California Farming Company to develop desert lands for growing crops for the European market, and in Indonesia developing palm oil production. Bringing his professional life back to U.S. soil, he was co-owner of the Murphy's Historic Hotel in the foothills of California where he led the restoration efforts for the historic property.
Bob fulfilled his dream of combining agriculture, wine, and pipe organ music when he purchased the 2/11 Robert Morton Theater Pipe Organ that was originally installed in San Francisco's Castro Theatre in 1987, followed by the vineyard property on which he built the complex which would house the organ. The culmination of this dream was co-founding Harmony Wynelands with his wife Linda. He loved to entertain family, friends, and visitors by playing requests on the pipe organ.
Just a few of Bob's significant professional and personal distinctions are The Award of Distinction from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Science at UC Davis (1998), the Stockton Arts Commission Service Award (2013), the Fox Bob Hope Theatre Meritorious Service Award (2006), Lodi District Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Person of the Year (1997). His great love of his community led to serving on many boards and committees including The San Joaquin Historical Society, The International Order of the Knights of the Vine (Founding Member Lodi Chapter), Rotary International, the Order of the Masonic Lodge.
He will be remembered by his wife, Linda; by his children, Dana Day, Julia Saenz, and Mark (Susan); by his stepchildren, Shaun MacKay, Melinda (Will) Browning; grandchildren, Aimee Bangoura, Alana Clark, Brynna Day, Nicole Saenz, Savannah Saenz, William Hartzell, Haylee Hartzell, Harrison Browning, and Hugh Browning; five great grandchldren; sister, Mary Sue (Lt. Col. Thomas J) Wham; and nephews, Robert H Wham and Thomas B Wham.
He is preceded in death by Pollock Hartzell; his father, Oliver R. Hartzell; his brother, John Oliver Hartzell; and his nephew John Eric Wham. Memorial Services are private. Donations can be made to Butterflfy Auxilliary Hospice of San Joaquin (3888 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95204), Friends of the Fox (242 E. Main Street Stockton, CA 95202) or the Lodi Rotary Club Foundation PO Box 821 Lodi, CA 9241).
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It seems every year that we lose more Rotarians. As the organization grows and as we age it is inevitable. Linked to this page is a Memorial Tribute to the District 5220 Rotarians lost this year. Click on theRotary Times image to the right to view the memorial.
The Memorial session of our district conference is always Sun-day morning, and is always special. This year was a change – but we still wish to express gratefulness and gratitude for those who have gone on before us.
This Memorial Special Edition of the Rotary Times expresses the tremendous contribution made by those we know. We are blessed by their contributions to our lives, and we are grateful.
We will miss our friends, but only for awhile. One person makes a difference. Each person in this Memorial knew that also. We honor them for their contribution to their family, our community, and Rotary. Without them, we would not be who, what, and where we are today.
We give thanks for their contributions to humanity.
“God be with you till we meet again!”
District Governor 2019-2020
Special Memorial Edition June 2020