William Waters

Lt. Col. William L. "Muddy" Waters, USMC Ret., 76, passed away December 9, 2012 in Canon City, CO. He was born November 28, 1936 in Canon City to Virgil Gordon and Mabel (Pretty) Waters. Bill graduated from Canon City High School in Canon City, CO in 1955 and entered Adams Sate College in Alamosa, CO the fall of 1955. Bill played Varsity Basketball and Baseball for three years at Adams State, and graduated in May 1959 with a BA Degree, with majors in Health and Physical Educations and Secondary School Educations and minors in History and Political Science. In Sept. 1959, Bill entered the United Sates Marine Corps (USMC) via the 25th Officer Candidate School at Marine Corps Base (MCB), Quantico, VA. Commissioned a 2nd Lt. in Dec. 1959, he went on to NAS Pensacola, FL for flight training to become a Marine Aviator in Jan. 1960. 2nd Lt. Waters received his Wings of Gold as a Naval Aviator on May 23, 1961, and designation as a Marine Helicopter Pilot. He was transferred to the Third Marine Aircraft Wing (3rdMAW) at MCAS El Toro, CA. July 1962 with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-One Six Three (HMM-163). Upon arrival overseas at MCAS Futenma, Okinawa Japan, HMM-163, RVN. In Aug. 1966, Capt. Waters checked into AWS at Quantico and graduated in Jan. 1976. Capt. Waters was then assigned to Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) at MCAF Quantico, VA in Feb. 1967. He was promoted to the rank of Major in Nov. 1967 and provided Helicopter Transportation for the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government and in Aug. 1968 was designated a Marine Presidential Helicopter Pilot, one of five so designated at any one time. During his tour at HMX-1, he flew President Johnson (6 times) and President Nixon (33 times). In Dec. 1969, Major Waters completed his tour at HMX-1 and was reassigned back to RVN for a third tour. On Sept. 1, 1983, Lt. Col. Waters retired from the USMC. He then moved to Virginia and worked as a consultant to Navel Air Systems Command. In his career, Lt. Col. Waters was awarded the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, Single Mission Air Medal, 54 Strike Flight Awards, Navy Commendation Medal and many RVN awards for his three tours of duty in RVN. He also was awarded the Presidential Helicopter Service Badge for his tour in HMX-1 and the Meritorious Service Medal for his tour at COMNAVAIRPAC. 1st Lt. Waters deployed with HMM-163 to Republic of Vietnam from 1962-1963. Capt. Waters deployed with HMM-362 "Ugly Angels" 1965-1966, Major Waters deployed to RVN and assigned to HMM-364. During the time while serving as Command Pilot, Bill was honored to fly the Apollo 11 crew when they went for the ticker-tape parade in New York City, astronauts' Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin. In 1977 Bill earned his masters degree in Education and Management from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Lt. Col. Waters retired from the work force in January 2002 and returned to Canon City on March 13, 2005, where he resided until his death. On January 17, 2009, Bill was united in marriage to Beth Raber Fischer in Canon City, CO. Mr. Waters was a member of the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, the Royal Gorge Detachment Marine Corps League, Pikes Peak Detachment Marine Corps League; V.F.W. Post 4061, American Legion, MOAA, Marine Ugly Angels Foundation, Marine Combat Helicopter Assoc., 1st MAW Vietnam Assoc., and V.H.P Assoc. William is survived by his wife, Beth; children, Cindy Jonelle Waters of Kapolei, HI, Sue Ann (Rob) Sporl of Carlsbad, CA, and Gregory Gordon Waters of San Diego, CA; and grandchildren, Jaime Marie Sporl, Morgan Ann Sporl, and Shawn Robert Sporl all of Carlsbad, CA. He is also survived by sister, Marnelle Jurrens of Pottsboro, TX; and ex-wife and mother of his children, Ruth Roland of San Diego, CA. Visitation will be from 1:30 until 4:30 p.m., Friday, December 14, 2012 at Holt Family Funeral Home in Canon City. Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 15, 2012 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Canon City with Pastor Robert Kippley officiating. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia with full military honors. Bill and Beth Waters have established an academic scholarship at Adams State University primarily for Canon City and Salida High School graduates. Those wishing to make memorial donations may make them to Adams State University Baseball Program, or to the Wounded Warriors Project through the funeral home. Arrangements handled through Holt Family Funeral Home. Online condolences @ www.holtfamilyfuneral homes.com

Funeral Home

Holt Family Funeral Home
806 E. Macon Avenue Canon City, CO 81212
(719) 275-4113

Published in The Canon City Daily Record on Dec. 12, 2012