William Wesley Rains
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RAINS, William Wesley
Age 62 years old, passed away Saturday evening, January 26, 2008, in the UC Davis Medical Center after a courageous bout with cancer. Mr. Rains was born on July 11, 1945, in McAlister Oklahoma, and had resided in Elk Grove the past 19 years. He had been in the United States Air Force for 6 years having served during the Vietnam Conflict. Following his military tour, Mr. Rains immediately went to work for the Department of Corrections, State of California for the next 29 years. Upon starting his career, he went in as an officer first assigned to the California Medical Facility in Vacaville where he was assigned and re- assigned 3 times. He also was assigned to Salinas, San Quentin, Ione and lastly, Folsom where he served as the Chief Deputy Warden. Mr. Rains was a member of the C.C.P.O.A., F & AM Lodge of Vacaville, and Shriners. The Rains family invites friends for visitation on Thursday evening, 5-8pm in the Nadeau Family Funeral Home, Vacaville, CA. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, 1:00pm in Nadeau Family Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Vacaville- Elmira Cemetery. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Shriners Hospital, PO Box 21-4477, Sacramento, CA 95821-0477. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Nadeau Family Funeral Home, 707-455-7700.

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January 25, 2020
I still think of Bill from time to time and all my memories are good one. He is one of my supervisors that influenced my way of supervising. When he was a Captain at Solano his door was always open and always made quality time for all who needed to talk or needed help. We were the same age and it's still hard to accept his untimely death at such a young age. Till we meet again my brother.
Rodney Marlin
September 10, 2010
Me and dad
February 14, 2008
I worked with Bill at 2 prisions. He was an excellent supervisor and a good friend. He was a good man with a good heart and I will miss him very much.
Bill Limbaugh
February 11, 2008
Folsom Guard 2008 at Funeral
February 7, 2008
Bill was my best friend.I will remember our time togeather always.
Bill Dieball
February 6, 2008
so sorry for ur loss
susan holmes
February 6, 2008
My heart goes out to you as l was devastated when l lost my dad. but, know he is better off than we are now.lots and lots of hugs and anything else you may need! even if it is just someone to listen....
Pam G
February 6, 2008
I am so sorry for your loss, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Loretta Terchek
February 5, 2008
Kim, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and your mother, remember all the great times you had with your father.
Debbie(firechick) Indiana
debbie M
February 4, 2008
I was so sorry to hear of Bill's death. I was out of town and did not hear of his death until I returned today. You will all be in my prayers. He was a wonderful man.

As my supervisor he was always thoughtful, and supportive. I enjoyed hearing the old SQ stories.
Rita Montez
February 3, 2008
Having just returned from Buffalo where I attended the funeral of my own dad, I just read this past week's news. I was so sorry to hear of Bill's passing and want you know the effect he had on even people that he didn't know well.

Whenever Mr. Rains, as I called him, visited CMF he put a smile on our faces. He was always kind and considerate and we looked forward to seeing him. I know how I loved hearing nice things about my own dad and just wanted to pass this on to you. We were lucky to have dads such as these.
Sincerely, RoseMary Torrisi
RoseMary Torrisi
February 2, 2008
Folsum Honor Guard
February 2, 2008
Condolences and Blessings to you Kim and to your mom. Your father was a very loved man and I am blessed to have you in my life. I noticed people from my home town Sioux Falls have signed this book. Shows you how small our world really is. Prayers Ascending my friend. I love you.
Paula Reynolds
February 1, 2008
The Rains Family, my extended family, I am so sorry about Bill. My heart goes out to you both, Diane and Kimberly and the rest of the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you, always.
Erinn Schuette
February 1, 2008
My heart goes out to you Diane and Kimberly, my extended family. I am so sorry about Bill's passing. All my thoughts and prayers are with you both.
erinn schuette
January 31, 2008
Condolences to Bill's family, they will be our prayers. I had the pleasure of working with Bill in the 70s, when we were both lieutenants at San Quentin. He was well thought of by staff and inmates and professional in the perfomance of his duties. Even in difficult times he had a smile on his face, as well as something positive to say.
Richard L. Martinez
January 31, 2008
I'm very saddened to hear of Bill's passing. I knew him thru work, and was blessed for the experience. My sympathies to the family and his many, many friends.
Ray Cram
January 30, 2008
Sadly, I Lost track of Bill a few years ago, but he was a friend and I enjoyed working with and for him. Condolences to all he left behind. Do not be sad of Bill's passing. Be glad of the time you were allowed with him.
Rod Marlin
January 30, 2008
I enjoyed working with Bill over the years and am deeply saddened by his death. He treated fellow employees with kindness and consideration. My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to his family, friends and colleagues.
Carol Dahlberg
January 30, 2008
To Rains' family my deepest sympathy, you'll be in our prayers.
Debra Revell
January 30, 2008
sorry to hear of bills death , we worked together at CMF in the 70 s he was a fine gent, i have not had contact for some years, isend by deepest condolence to his family

willie glover
willie glover
January 30, 2008
Bill was well-respected by those who were honored to work with him. A gifted professional, he was a leader with integrity. God bless him and give him rest.
Ana Ramirez-Palmer
January 30, 2008
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
Nadeau Family Funeral Home
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