Welbourne McDonald "Bill" Wootton, 92, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 11, 2014, surrounded by family in Tucson, Arizona. Bill was born at home on April 4, 1922 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was the fourth of nine children born to Edgar and Burnice McDonald Wootton.
Bill graduated valedictorian from Buckeye Union High School and attended the University of Arizona where he graduated with distinction "in abstencia" due to military service. In March 1942, he entered active duty in the U.S. Army
Air Corp. He was trained as a pilot and flew the B-17.
On July 19, 1947 Bill married Margaret Maud Budlong from California. They were blessed with a daughter, Linda Diane and a son, Scott Allen.
With a degree in agronomy, Bill started his career at the University of Arizona Extension office in Yuma, Arizona and went on to work at the Roll experimental farm near Roll, Arizona. From 1953 to 1980, he leased and farmed Snyder ranch, 5 miles east of Tacna, Arizona.
In 1980, Bill and Margaret retired to Idyllwild, California. They had fallen in love with the quaint town while honeymooning there 33 years earlier. In 2006, Bill was honored to be the Marshall of the Idyllwild 4th of July parade.
His wife, Margaret, preceded Bill in death. Bill is survived by his daughter, Linda Diane; son, Scott (Brenda) Wootton; 4 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.
Viewing will be held at Arlington Mortuary in Riverside, California on April 23, 2014 with burial to follow at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.