Bill Reinhard, a longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident, died Jan. 30 in Palm Desert where he had resided for the past 26 years.
Bill was born in Manhattan Beach and relocated to Montrose in the early ’30s. He was an owner of the Indian Springs Swimming Pool Complex in Montrose and a longtime member of the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. He was 93.
He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years Fran Reinhard, his three sons and daughters-in-law, Bill Jr. and Lenore, Bart and Bea, and Larry and Holly, along with his four grandchildren, Heidi, Kasey, Larry Jr. and Sami and four great-grandchildren, Taylor, Brady, Aubrey and Brett.
Bill was an extraordinary man of many talents. After serving our country in World War II, he attended and played football for UC Berkley. Bill also played in the NFL in 1947 and 1948 for the Los Angeles Dons/Rams and wore number 83. His brother, Bob Reinhard, also played for the Dons/Rams. In addition to his football prowess, he was also an accomplished diver. He won the International Diving Competition that was held in lieu of the Olympics that were cancelled due to World War II.
After his playing days, he went on to teach and coach at Glendale College and ultimately became its athletic director for more than 35 years. As head coach of the Vaquero football team, he was given the nickname “The Hawk” as he seemingly missed nothing on the field. During his tenure as the athletic director, the athletic department was in need of additional funding and Bill created the Vaquero Classic Golf Tournament. More than 30 years later this tournament, known as the Glendale College Foundation Golf Classic, continues to raise money for the athletic department. In 2004 Bill was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Glendale Community College.
Bill will always be remembered for his exceptional love and devotion to his wife Fran, his family and to sports. He created a legacy of which his family is proud. He will be deeply missed and cherished forever by his family and all of the students and athletes he guided throughout his life.
A private memorial service will be held for immediate family members.