William H. Bartlett, 82, a former Arlington social, health and welfare official, died Monday at Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital.

He had served as regional director of the Health and Welfare Council in Arlington County from 1956 to 1965.

Mr. Bartlett then served as executive director of the Arlington Economic Opportunity Commission for two years. During this period, he was named president of the Virginia Council on Socil Welfare.

He retired recently as a consultant to the American Association of Retired Persons and to the National Retired Teachers Association.

Born in Altoona, Pa., Mr. Bartlett served with the Army Air Corps in World War I. In the 1930s, he was president of the Louisiana State Conference on Social Welfare and director of recreation for Louisiana.

During World War II, Mr. Bartlett spent four years with COmmunity War Services under the old Federal Security Agency in Louisiana and Texas.

He came here in 1946, where he was on the staff of the old Community Chest Federation and United Community Services, forerunner of the Health and Welfare Council.

An Arlington resident, Mr. Bartlett was a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Academy of Certified Social Workers and the Optimist Club of Arlington.

He was a past chairman of the Arlington Commission on Aging and the Arlington Committee of Washington, the District Commissioners, the D.C. Chapter of the American Recreation Society and the Health and Welfare Council.

He is survived by his wife, Minerva, four children, Louis Kampf, of Atlanta, William H. Jr., of Bossier City, La., Barbara Magown, of Chicago, and the Rev. Douglas E., of Commack, N.Y.; four sisters, Clara Pickering, of Asbury Park, N.Y., Mildred Pickup, of Manchester, Conn., Ethel Morris, of Atlanta, and Dorothy Bartlett, of Ocean Grove N.J., 16 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.