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William David "Bill" Waters, 64, formerly of Idaho Falls, passed away Friday, June 29, 2012, at Timpanogos Hospital in Orem, Utah.

Bill was born Dec. 27, 1947, in Idaho Falls to Lawrence T. and Helen Marie Warner Waters. He grew up in Idaho Falls and graduated from Idaho Falls High School, where he excelled in basketball and other sports. He attended Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) prior to serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in the Central Atlantic States Mission from 1967 to 1969.

When Bill returned from his mission, he joined the United States Air Force. He served as an Air Force Security Police (SP) Officer from 1971 to 1975 during the Vietnam War.

He continued his career in law enforcement as a police officer in Blackfoot, Idaho, from 1975 to 1988. One of his assignments there was to provide security for the Idaho State Fair held annually in Blackfoot. Everyone knew him there as "Big Bill." He was 6'8" and no one messed with Big Bill. He transferred to the Bingham County Sheriff's Department in 1988, where he served as a jailer until he retired in 1998.

After retirement, he worked as security for the Idaho Falls LDS Temple and for Lawntech during the summer. He also worked for the church in building maintenance and traveled around the western states working on chapels.

Bill is survived by his wife, Renata Shackelford Waters; daughters, Teresa Waters and Becky Bigler; and sons, Jason Bigler, Jesse Bigler and Bobby Bigler. He is also survived by his father, Lawrence Waters; brother, Larry (Carlene) Waters; and sisters, Janice (Greg) Carroll and Paula (Bill) Gast.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Marie Waters; and sister, Susan (Wilford) Whipple.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, at the Lindon 9th Ward Chapel, 1050 E. 100 North in Lindon, Utah. The family will visit with friends and family from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in Lindon City Cemetery.

Condolences may be emailed to info@bergmortuary.com.



Published in Post Register on July 3, 2012
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