William 'Bill' Hale Esselstyn
September 21, 1927 - August 2, 2017
William "Bill" Hale Esselstyn passed away August 2, 2017 at the age of 89 in Medford, Oregon. Bill was born September 21, 1927 in Echo, Ore. to Clifford "Brick" Harlow Esselstyn and Clydie E. Esselstyn.
Bill graduated from Echo High School and received a football scholarship to the University of Washington. He played for the Huskies for one year before serving in the Navy during WWII. He was stationed in San Pedro, California. After the war, he completed his college education at Eastern Oregon University. Bill was a physical education teacher and coach in the Medford area for over 21 years. Later, he became co-owner of Barco Supply, a local chemical/janitorial supply company. He also was a basketball and football referee in the PAC 8 conference. In his retirement years, Bill enjoyed the life of a "snowbird" alternating between Woodburn, Ore. where he lived on a golf course, and Casa Grande, Arizona. He loved to golf, fish, and hunt.
Bill lived in Echo, Medford, Portland, Woodburn, and Jacksonville, Ore., along with Dallas and McKinney, Texas.
He was married to Mary L. Birrer (1949-1969), Betty Jean Martin (1970-2004), and Darlene Rivas (2006-2014). He is survived by four sons, William Douglas Esselstyn (Veneta, Ore.); Clifford Dwight Esselstyn and his wife, Denise Esselstyn (Klamath Falls, Ore.); John Bradley Esselstyn (Tucson, Ariz.); and Stuart Todd Esselstyn and his wife, Heidi May (Kirkland, Washington). He is survived by one stepson, Rick Martin (Henderson, Nevada). Bill has five grandchildren, Chadwick Willard, Melissa Esselstyn, Brandon Esselstyn, Anthony Esselstyn, and Andrew Esselstyn. He has three great-grandchildren, Ethan Huddleston, Drake Willard, and Haley Willard.
Bill was preceded in death by the love of his life, Betty Jean Martin; his parents, Brick and Clydie; his sister, Betty Clayton; uncle, Rod Esselstyn; and his granddaughter, Kristy Huddleston.
A graveside service will be held August 13, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Echo Cemetery, 1000 Echo Cemetery Rd., Echo, OR 97826.