William Thomas "Bill" Jenkins

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Jenkins, William Thomas "Bill"
of Scottsdale, AZ, was born August 9, 1928 in Phoenix, Arizona. His parents were Beverly Wright and William T. Waggoner. His parents divorced when Bill was a baby and he and his mother moved to Globe, Arizona to live with his grandparents, Otie and Wilson T. Wright. When Bill was in his early teens his mother married Ferris Jenkins, who adopted Bill. Bill's grandfather was elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission in 1931 and the family moved to Phoenix, where Bill grew up. He attended Phoenix elementary schools, North Phoenix High School, Phoenix Junior College and Arizona State College (now Arizona State University). During his teens he played a lot of local basketball and was a very active member of the YMCA. At ASC Bill was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and was the Sun Devil mascot in 1950. Bill met his wife, Rachel Ann Love, at ASC and they married in 1952. They became proud parents of their son, William Richard Jenkins, in 1964. Adored members of Bill's family are Christine R. Jenkins, daughter-in-law, and Jessica L. Jenkins, granddaughter. Bill worked at several careers until 1968, when he started his lawn sprinkler installation business where he used his business and people skills to grow the company into a well known and respected business that raised the standards in the industry and gave many others a start in the industry through his influence. In the 1970s he was appointed to three terms on the Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Board. As a result of a paralyzing stroke in 1996 he was no longer able to walk or drive but remained in good spirits throughout his many years of confinement. He was the ultimate "people" person, enjoying the company of his family, friends, employees and his customers. Just recently, he said he wanted to be remembered for his kindness and honesty. Bill passed away April 1, 2014 at the age of 85. Funeral services will be at Messinger Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Road, at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014. His family thanks Hospice of the Valley for all its help in caring for Bill during his last days. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Salvation Army or Hospice of the Valley.

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Funeral Home
Messinger Mortuaries
7601 E. Indian School Road Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-945-9521
Funeral Home Details
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 4, 2014
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