William Wallace Bartlett

Posted On July 15th, 2011 -


William Wallace Bartlett passed away on July 11, 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii; he was 74. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 24, 1937 to Marshall and Louise Bartlett.

Bill grew up in Minnesota and then California where he attended John Marshall High School in Los Angeles and graduated from Stanford University in 1959. Bill spent three years in the U.S. Navy as an engineering officer aboard the U.S.S. Ticonderoga (CVA-14). While in the Navy he spent time in Hawaii and fell in love with the islands. While working for the Ventura County, California Planning Department he met and married Joan Blunt in 1965. In 1970 he and Joan moved to Hawaii with their children David, Juliana and Adriana. Bill had been hired by the City and County of Honolulu as a member of the General Plan Revision Program Team under Mayor Frank Fasi. He continued to work for the Planning Department until his retirement in 1994. Bill was devoted to the arts and in retirement pursued his life-long dream of being an artist/painter. His paintings were frequently selected for the Honolulu Academy of Arts, “Artists of Hawaii” exhibitions, where he received the coveted Melusine Award for painting in 1997. His works are owned by the Honolulu Academy of Arts, First Hawaiian Bank and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

He is survived by his wife Joan Bartlett, daughters Juliana Nightingale (Trevor) and Adriana Gray (Andrew), and grandchildren Amanda & Christina Nightingale and Thomas & Jillian Gray.

Celebration of Life 4-7pm Sunday, July 17 at Kaneohe Yacht Club. Inurnment 1:45pm Tuesday, July 19 at Punchbowl Cemetery.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran