William E. ‘Bill’ Wright, Jr.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16 at St. Timothy’s Anglican Church in Bishop, for long-time Owens Valley resident William E. “Bill” Wright, Jr. Burial will be at East Line Street Cemetery, followed by a reception at St. Timothy’s Church.
Bill passed away peacefully at home in Big Pine on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 following a six-year long, valiant battle with cancer, with his wife of nearly 50 years, Judy, by his side. Bill was born on Feb. 15, 1939 to William E. Wright, Sr. and Victoria Marr Wright in Santa Ana. Bill graduated from Lone Pine High School in 1958, and shortly after, joined the Navy. He served his country from October 1958 to October 1962 on a destroyer, the “USS Southerland, DDR 743.”
Following his Honorable Discharge in October 1962, having been reacquainted with a friend Judy, the couple were engaged on Christmas Eve 1962 and married on March 30, 1963, spending the next nearly 50 years together. Bill and Judy were blessed by the arrival of their beautiful daughter, Barbara, in 1966.
Bill led a rich life, full of good friends, fishing, camping trips, being able to fix just about anything in his workshop and being “Poppa” to his two grandchildren, Candice and Jake whom he adored.
Bill worked for LADWP for 32 years, retiring in 1996. He then enjoyed 10-plus years of volunteer work in various organizations, as he always said, “Trying to give back to the Valley I love so much.” Bill was a proud member of the Masonic Lodge for more than 40 years, following in his father’s footsteps. He was also a life member of the VFW Post No. 8988, as well as a member of the Bishop Elks Lodge No. 1603 for 40 years.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents Bill and Vicky, as well as an infant daughter.
He is survived by his loving wife, Judy; daughter, Barbara and husband Paul Bleiler, and grandchildren Candice and Jake of Santa Clarita; sister, Vivian and husband Don Heaberlin of Hesperia; numerous cousins and nephews, as well as many beloved friends, all of whom will miss his love, laughter and sense of humor.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Bill’s memory be made to the American Cancer Society, Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department, Pioneer Home Healthcare/Hospice of the Owens Valley, or a charity of one’s choice.