William Woodrow ‘Bill’ Hartman


William Woodrow “Bill” Hartman, 76, of Franklin, West Virginia, passed unexpectedly on Friday, July 16, 2021, at his residence on Smith Creek.

Bill was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia, on Jan. 1, 1945, son of Woodrow Hartman of Franklin and the late Alice Branson Hartman.

He is survived by his father and one daughter, Heidi Jon Hartman and husband, Jonathan Diaz, of Charlotte, North Carolina; and the mother of his daughter, Carole Hartman, Franklin, West Virginia. Also surviving are a half sister, aunts, cousins and a host of friends.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, James.

Bill graduated from Franklin High School in 1963 and from West Virginia University as a civil engineer in 1967. His career with the West Virginia Deptartment of Highways began on I-64 in Greenbrier County, West Virginia and covered a span of more than 37 years. He retired from WVDOH in Feb. 2005, having served as Maintenance Engineer of District 8 – Elkins and from Feb. 1996 to Feb. 2005 as District Engineer of District 5 – Burlington. He was appointed as a member of West Virginia State Rail Authority in 2012, and served as Acting Director for four years, after which he continued to serve on Rail Authority Board.

Bill was past chair of Pendleton County EDA and was recently re-appointed as director by Pendleton County Commission. He worked presently as a Senior Transportation Engineer with Stantec of Fairmont, West Virginia.

He had multiple talents and acquired various interests including construction, excavating, the trucking industry and farming.

His love of the outdoors garnered many hunting and fishing expeditions to Alaska, Canada and the western United States.

Friends may pay their respects during visitation on today, July 21, from 6-8 p.m. at Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin, West Virginia. Private burial will be held at the Hartman Family Cemetery on his Smith Creek Farm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pendleton Manor, Box 700, Franklin, WV or to a charity of donor’s choice.

Memories and words of comfort may be left at www.basagic.com