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Walter William Hale

August 24, 1935 - January 02, 2023


Obituary For Walter William Hale

Walter "Walt" William Hale, Jr, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 2, 2023, in Carmichael, CA, from cancer. He was born in Amador City on August 24, 1935, a son of the late Louise Mary (Battaglia) and Walter William Hale. As a result of his parents’ deaths, when he was 13 years old, he moved to Amador City to live with his grandparents Edith and August Battaglia.

Walt graduated from San Jose State. In 1957 he married Yvonne Moniz and began raising a family. He was drafted into the Army in 1959 and began teaching with the Fremont Union High School District in 1961. He rapidly advanced to administrative positions, serving as Assistant Superintendent from 1976 to 1979. During this time, he enrolled at the University of Southern California receiving his Ed.D. in l972, thus becoming an enthusiastic USC Trojan for the rest of his life.

Between 1979 and 1993, Walt served as superintendent of the Piedmont Unified School District, Superintendent of the Acalanes Union High School District, and finally Superintendent of the South Bay Union High School District in Redondo Beach, where he retired in 1993. After “retirement,” Walt joined National University faculty as Associate Professor of Education and Human Service.

Walt married Eve Bressler in 2000. The couple moved to Sebastopol, where they lived until 2019 enjoying country life and frequent golfing. When retiring they moved to Carmichael, where they enjoyed the friendly residents and the variety of activities.

Much of Walt’s life revolved around his love of sports. He played basketball and football at Amador High School team. As a high school teacher, he coached football. With his former wife Yvonne, he attended countless baseball games, cheering their son, Chip on his way to playing and managing in the Major Leagues, and frequently offering suggestions to umpires, referees, and coaches on how to call the game.

Walt is survived by his wife, Eve Bressler of Carmichael; daughter, Kathy Martella (Mark) of Menlo Park; son Chip Hale (Judi) of Tucson, AZ; grandchildren Matthew Martella, Mitchell Martella, Haley Martella, Jack Hale (Natalie Jo), Eddie Hale, and Sabrina Hale; and great granddaughter, Palmer Hale. He is preceded in death by his son Teddy Hale and brother Frank Hale. Family was all important to Walt. He was generous and supportive to his children and extended family, often helping them move ahead in their careers.

Private interment will take place at Sutter Creek Catholic Cemetery in Sutter Creek, CA. Contributions can be sent in Walt’s name to the USC Rossier School of Education, 3470 Trousdale Parkway WPH 1103A
Los Angeles, CA 90089, or Canine Companions for Independence, 2965 Dutton Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95407

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  • 01/20/2023

    We are sorry Walt is gone - he always had the brightest smile at our class reunions. We were unable to be there for his celebration of life - but are thinking of both of you at this time and all the Battaglia family. We choose the Canine Companion for donation - dogs are the best-we know ! Nick and Janice Garcia

  • 01/14/2023

    I was in Mr. Hale's 7th grade class at Benner Intermediate School in Sunnyvale in the fall of 1958. We thought he was a wonderful teacher and were so sad when he had to leave us for his army duty--the girls all cried! We were glad when he later rejoined many of us at Sunnyvale High School. Please know what a positive impact he had on his many students. Kathryn Neri

  • 01/12/2023

    As the husband of my best friend, Walt became part of my extended family, a steady and reassuring presence in my life. Many wonderful memories of shared visits, trips and adventures, and gratitude for all he did to nurture the next generation of teachers and athletes! I will always miss him.

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