Mass of Christian Burial
Tuesday November 16th, 2021
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William "Willie" Sandoval
William “Willie” Sandoval was born in Bakersfield on February 25, 1943, to Henry and Ermalinda Sandoval. He was the fifth of six children. He spent most of his early childhood growing up in a small home near the corner of 21st and N street. Downtown Bakersfield in the early 1950s served as his playground. While not in school at Hawthrone Elementary, Willie enjoyed the movies at both the Fox and Kern theatres, playing basketball at Confucius Church, and terrorizing the neighborhood with his brother and the Cordova cousins. These early neighborhood adventures led Willie to tell his mother he wanted to deal cards at the Padre Hotel when he grew up.
Willie attended Emerson Junior High School and Bakersfield High School where he played football for the Drillers. He went on to attend Bakersfield College. While at BC, Willie earned a scholarship to play football at the University of Wyoming. The cold Wyoming winter, a lack of his mother’s cooking, and a genuine attachment to his hometown brought him back to Bakersfield earlier than expected.
On August 22, 1965, Willie married Nettie Jacqueline Wright. They moved to Fresno where he earned his degree and returned to Bakersfield in 1968 to begin his teaching and coaching career at BHS. Willie’s twenty-nine years at BHS were capped by his service as Assistant Principal of Administration. His teaching career also included many years with Bakersfield Adult School and University of LaVerne. He moved on to be KHSD Director of Administration and was appointed Principal of the Regional Occupational Center in 1998. Willie eventually served as the Principal charged with opening Golden Valley High School in 2003 and Independence High School in 2008. Willie is the only Principal in KHSD history to have opened two new schools. He retired in 2013, after doing what he loved for 45 years.
Willie was proud of his family. He and Nettie welcomed daughter Carrie in 1969 and son
William in 1973. He truly valued time with his family, especially Saturday night spaghetti and rib dinners. Willie balanced spoiling his grandchildren ( Lauren, Jackie, Ellie, Katie and Logan) with playful harassment. Our patriarch is deeply loved and will be forever missed. His legacy will live on as our family continues the Saturday night traditions and our commitment to making him proud.
Willie was predeceased by his parents, brother Richard, and sisters Gerry Herrera and Sylvia Cornejo.
He is survived by his wife Nettie, brother Armand, and sister Marguerite Aranda (Paul); daughter Carrie Henderson (Brian) and son William (Tonya); grandchildren, Jacqueline and Katelin Henderson, Lauren, Ellie, and Logan Sandoval.
The family is grateful for the excellent care and kindness provided by Dr. Stephen Strategos and his wonderful staff; Mikayla Arellano and the loving attendants at The Village at Seven Oaks Memory Care; and Stephanie and Brian of Hoffman Hospice.
Funeral Mass is scheduled for Tuesday, November 16th 2021, 10:00am at St. Francis Church, 900 H St. A private graveside service for family will follow at Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County (ADAKC). 4203 Buena Vista Rd. Bakersfield, Ca. 93311, phone: (661) 665-8871.
Our deepest sympathies go out to the family. We will miss Willie greatly.
Jesse and Pam Cornejo Nov 16 2021 1:32 PM
Mr Sandoval impacted so many members of our community in so many ways, even those that didn't attend BHS back in the day. Our community has lost a amazing member. My deepest condolences to the entire Sandoval family.
Cherie Shoemake Nov 16 2021 12:31 PM
Willie would come to visit his Sister Gerrie who's family lived across the street from us on Chester Place. He would encourage us to practice if we wanted to play football for his BHS Driiller football team. About 5 years later, Willie was one of my Coaches at BHS. We won the SYL my Senior year. It was good to see him years later when he worked at Golden Valley where my Grandson was Playing Baseball.
RIP Big Guy.
Carlos Papion Nov 15 2021 10:58 PM
A candle was lit in memory of William "Willie" Sandoval
Joe Cox Nov 15 2021 7:01 PM
So sad to see this message Nettie. Many Hugs and Prayers for you and family. I know that you and Willie were very close.
Bobbette Mathews Nov 15 2021 11:34 AM
Willie and I were teammate on our 1958 undefeated Driller football team, coached by legendary Paul Briggs! I remember Willie as being a hard-nosed lineman, and sterling of character. No surprise that he distinguished himself in his honorable profession! Rest in Peace, Willie! 🏈🙏🇺🇸💖❣️
Frank Hoetker Nov 14 2021 4:55 PM
My deepest condolences to your precious family. Love and prayers to you all.❤️
Valli Hernandez Nov 13 2021 5:21 PM
Oh my gosh! This breaks my heart! I was scared to death of Mr. Sandoval during my time at BHS! I had to see him one time for too many tardys and I was shaking I was so scared! Turns out he wasn't as scary as I first thought but he made it quite clear he didn't want to see me in his office again. Lol.. My heart felt condolences go out to his family! Will, I know you will carry on your dads legacy! My thoughts prayers are with all of you.
Nicole (Churchwell) Baker Nov 13 2021 1:49 PM