Larry David Bartley
May 27, 1950 – Jan. 23, 2023

Our Dad, Dave, passed away on January 23, 2023, due to complications from heart failure.

Dad was born on May 27, 1950, in Pikeville, Kentucky, to Elmer and Emma Bartley. They moved to Humboldt County when he was a senior in high school, and at the age of 18 he went to work for Louisiana Pacific, starting first in Big Lagoon and then Samoa. He worked in Samoa until the sawmill closed, and upon its closure he transferred to the Ukiah location. He stayed at this location until he eventually retired after 50 years in the timber industry. Dad loved being a millwright and prided himself on being able to fix just about anything.

After retiring, Dad moved back to McKinleyville to be closer to family, as family was the most important thing to him. He has left us all with so many wonderful memories, from family vacations with all our cousins, to smaller, more intimate memories with just us. We were blessed with a wonderful father, and our children, a wonderful papa. He has five grandchildren and a great-grandchild, and he loved them all, but he really had a special bond with his youngest granddaughter Emmalyn, who he affectionately called “Emmalou.” Dad was a very generous man and never missed an opportunity to help someone out or offer some advice. He lived his life to the fullest, which is evidenced by the fact that every person he knew has an interesting story to tell about him. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Dad is preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Emma Bartley, brothers Danny and Bill Bartley, son David Bartley, granddaughter Emaleya Winkelman, and nephew Mike Bartley.

He is survived by his children Becky (Helene) Aldrich, Shawn Bartley, Leigha (Becky) Bartley, and Patricia (Matt) Winkelman; grandchildren Derek, Jonathan, Kobe, Gianna, and Emmalyn; great granddaughter Karter Mae; nephews and nieces Danny (Monica), Nina (Jimmy), James, Debbie (Andy), and Ronnie (Meredith).

Graveside services will be held February 4, 2023, at 12 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Arcata. A celebration of life will immediately follow at Arcata Veterans Hall at 1 p.m.


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