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William Harry Simmons Obituary
William Harry Simmons

William Harry "Bill" Simmons, former Seattle attorney and judge passed away on April 14, 2013, at 85 years of age. Bill was born on March 26, 1928, to J. Lael Simmons and Bertha Hall Rodgers Simmons in Seattle, WA.

Bill graduated from Queen Anne High School in 1946; following graduation, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was enlisted until the close of World War II. Bill then enrolled at the University of Idaho, served as President of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, and graduated from the University of Idaho Law School in 1952.

Bill built a notable private practice of law in Seattle; additionally during his career Bill served as a King County Prosecutor, Seattle Municipal Court Judge, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Teamsters Union No. 174 headquartered in Seattle. Bill retired to Utah in 1986.

In 1950, Bill married Joyce Garner and three children were born of that union, William Garner Simmons, Debra Jo Hall, and Sheri Lynn [Ragnar] Faleij. In 1962, Bill married the love of his life, Susan Seregow, to whom he was married for over 50 years at the time of his death; Bill and Susan had one daughter, Sarah Sue [Larry] Seals.

In retirement years, Bill enjoyed ranching, raising Arabian horses, scripture study especially the gospel of the Apostle Paul, and his beloved grandchildren-he found it a blessing that daughter, Sarah Sue, and family lived close by.

Bill was survived by his wife, Susan of Grantsville, Utah; son, William (Seattle, WA); daughters, Debra Jo (Highland Village, TX), Sheri Lynn (Haninge, Sweden), and Sarah Sue (Tooele, UT); brothers, John R. Simmons (Patricia) of Arlington, WA and James Lael Simmons II of Woodinville, WA; sister, Telitha (Paul) Nieto of Walnut Creek, CA; grandchildren (12) and great grandchildren (2).
Published in The Seattle Times from Apr. 17 to Apr. 21, 2013
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