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William Hyder

Scottsdale - It is with great love and sorrow, we announce the passing of a native Arizona treasure. Bill Hyder passed away August 9, 2020, after a battle with COVID-19. He was 77 years young. Bill grew up to attend Camelback High School, where he was a quarterback for the football team and Homecoming King. He was rich with friends throughout high school and active in many school events. He went on to attend Arizona State University, where he thrived in the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, expanding upon his social skills and friendships. It was at St. Mary's University School of Law, in San Antonio, Texas, where he found his mission in life. He would excel as a law student, graduating with honors. Upon graduating, he served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the United States Army as a Reserve Commissioned Officer.

In 1968, he was sworn into the State Bar of Arizona, where he proudly became a prosecutor for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. He handled many high profile cases, including homicides, and fought vigorously for justice. After his time as a prosecutor, Bill would go on to practice law as a sole practitioner. He had a vast array of knowledge of so many areas of the law and handled a myriad of cases throughout his career of 52 years practicing law. He loved to right the wrongs that were perpetrated upon the innocent and injured people, and he was devoted to his clients. He hated bullies in and out of the courtroom and was never afraid to stand up to them, even if it was a losing battle. Bill would repeatedly prove throughout his career that he was an honorable attorney, who was well-respected by both judges and his adversaries. He was always a force with whom to contend. There would be no attorney who could out-prepare him. He was described by a judge as "not only an honest, smart and ethical lawyer, but a true gentleman in and out of the courtroom."

Bill always had a strong spirit and a love of life and people. His word was his bond and he always did what was right, even when it was the hardest thing to do. He was blessed with a quick wit and a sense of humor. He was proud, but very humble, never wanting to draw too much attention to himself. His smile and laugh could warm up any room. Bill never met a stranger. Whether he had just met you or knew you for years, when Bill talked to you, he always listened and had a true interest in what you had to say.

Bill's favorite place in the world was Pinetop, Arizona. As a child, he vacationed there with his parents, who owned a home in Lakeside. Bill had a love of the outdoors, enjoyed the beauty of the forest and lakes, and especially loved fishing. It was his "happy place." In later years, he and his wife Paula purchased a home in the area of Pinetop Country Club and continued the Pinetop tradition. He loved/hated the game of golf. More importantly though, he loved all the friends with whom he played golf, along with a good, stiff Dewar's at the 19th hole. He loved to work in his yard, beautifying it with a multitude of wildflowers. He was always thrilled to see a new bloom on any given day.

Bill was married to the love of his life, best friend, and partner, Paula, for over thirty-six years. He was a devoted, loving and affectionate husband and father. He took great pride and love in his two children, Scott and Stacy, who followed in his footsteps and went on to become successful lawyers. He was filled with gratitude for his family, what he had achieved and was fully satisfied with his life.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Marion Hyder. He is survived by his loving wife, Paula, and his children Stacy Hyder and Scott Hyder and wife Claudia; his brother Charles Hyder and wife Barbara; his sister Marilyn Lanning and husband Marty Lanning; brother and sister-in-law Mike and Cindy Doty, and brother-in-law, Jeff Halverson. He was loved by 5 nieces and nephews and 4 great nieces and nephew.

Due to this horrific COVID virus, services will be private for the protection of all his loving family and friends. The last words he told his family when they were attempting to see and talk to him through an outside window at Summit Hospital was "Go home and stay safe." Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Bill's online tribute at www.heritagefuneralchapels.com






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Published in The Arizona Republic from Aug. 18 to Aug. 23, 2020.
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September 2, 2020
Bill was a gentleman and a good friend who was always concerned about the other guy and his family. Always ready with a well shared laugh and love of life he truly will be missed. I and my family will keep him and his family in our prayers.
Roger Brown
Friend
August 26, 2020
I met Bill through his brother, Chuck, who was the anchor of our bowling team. Bill would come to watch us bowl, give us grief but always had a good time. Once in a while he would substitute. My condolences to his entire family.
Ron Piceno
Friend
August 24, 2020
I clerked for Bill when I was a first year law student. Bill taught me how to act professionally and with passion as a lawyer. I was always impressed by how hard he worked for his clients.
Eliot Kaplan
August 23, 2020
My heart is very sad, I will miss the beautiful smile and laughter of my Brother from another Mother. Bill was a bright sunshine whenever he entered my parents home. I will blow kisses to the heavens with his name. Rest In Peace
Norma Fraijo Mondragon
Brother
August 23, 2020
Bill and I were student body officers at Camelback High our senior year. He used to tease me like crazy and laugh at me and with me when I would react to his remarks. The last time I saw him was at the last reunion. He was so happy and full of fun. He will truly be missed by his family and friends. He was a true gentleman and kind soul. Pam Dyer
Pam Dyer
Friend
August 22, 2020
The Koger Family meet both Bill Hyder & Mel McDonald in late April of 1973, they were visiting my Mom and Dad, at there house. Talking about our pending Double-Murder Trial Case. This was 47 year's ago. They were not afraid of anything or anyone, strong and brave, which they both still are today. We will miss you Bill, our love stretches to Heaven. Rest In Peace...The Koger Family
Karalee Koger Brehm
Friend
August 21, 2020
Bill was an awesome friend. We loved his infectious laugh. Paula was the love of his life and Bill was Paula's love of her life. What a great father he was to Stacy and Scott. He was so proud of their accomplishments.
Bill will be extremely missed by all. We were so lucky to call Bill a friend. Please take care Paula. We love you.
Jules and Larry Pawlosky

Julianne Pawlosky
Friend
August 20, 2020
Bill was a great guy and a gentleman. I was honored to know him.
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Tom Courtney
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August 20, 2020
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Karen Arvin
August 20, 2020
We were so saddened to hear the news of Bill Hyder's passing. We extend our deepest sympathies.
Karen & Quentin Arvin
Friend
August 20, 2020
Bill and I went through Lafayette grade school and Camelback High together and were good friends. As kids we fished in the White Mountains and spent a lot of time on bikes in the Phoenix neighborhood. He was always very friendly, honest and good hearted. He will be missed. The best to his family and may he rest in peace.
Bill Wade
Bill Wade
Friend
August 19, 2020
What a beautiful tribute to your dad. Thinkng about you and the family. I have good memories of your father. He was always so kind and very funny. I’m here if you guys need anything at all.
Joanna
Friend
August 19, 2020
My brother Jay sister Carole and I James we all went to Camelback we knew him and Chuck well Bill and I were in the same basic trainingplatoon at Ft Ord in 1969 Bill was the oldest trainee I believe in the whole COMPANY we called him the old man
James Holsten
Friend
August 19, 2020
My very good friend for 42 years, Bill Hyder (see link, below), a brilliant lawyer, has died from COVID-19. I have played ball with him, camped with him, fished with him, told stories with him, and learned life lessons from him, including him teaching me (and my brother Cole) how to bet on a game of HORSE—but, that is no more. He was my #2 mentor in the law (second only to my dad). He was a St. Mary’s Law School grad (1968) and was instrumental in my enrolling there when I finally decided to go to law school. In fact, I was strongly considering less expensive schools but Bill convinced me that St. Mary’s would fit me well, and he was right. He recommended me to the dean, and there I went! During the summer before my first year he gave me many tips and introduced me to his friends who were then on the law faculty. He then kept tabs on me, calling me (from Phoenix) every other week during my first semester to make sure I was staying on track (...and that was before free long-distance!) Once I became a lawyer, I called Bill probably 4 to 5 times a year for help navigating a legal issue and he never failed me. His legal mind was razor sharp and was one of those lawyers who you just loved to bounce novel ideas off of. My friend was one of the most level-headed people I know. He was quick-witted, long-tempered, exceedingly gregarious, and was a quickdraw with sage advice you could take to the bank. I will miss that he is no longer only a phone call away to solve my problems or to steer me straight. But most of all I will miss his laugh, which always made everything better. My family and I thank you so very much for all you have done for us. I am so, so sorry that we weren’t able to settle the score before you left us. Goodbye my dear friend. Goodbye Bill.
Alex Wyatt Wright
Friend
August 19, 2020
So sad to hear, Billy was a great human being!. God bless the family. I remember baby sitting Scotty.
Mike Depinto
Family
August 19, 2020
In loving memory of as Amazing person. What a sweet and gentle man. We will love and miss you forever! Annie and Bob Price
Anne and Bob price
Friend
August 19, 2020
Bill and I met 51 years ago when we were both prosecutor's in the Maricopa County Attorney's office. We tried cases together as prosecutor's and he spoke at my induction ceremony when I became a Superior Court judge and United States Attorney. His wife Paula worked as my secretary. I love Bill and Paula and will miss Bill so much. RIP my dear friend.
Mel McDonald
Friend
August 19, 2020
Thinking of you Paula and Family....sending all of Prayers and Sympathy..
Joy and Steve Christensen
Joy & Steve Christensen
Friend
August 19, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person Bill Hyder
Sandy Spencer
Friend
August 18, 2020
Bill was the first person to welcome me to Pinetop Country Club. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word. I loved to sit with Bill and listen to him telling stories about golf, fishing or many other things that came to mind. He had a kind heart and was genuinely liked by everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with Paula and the family. Bill will be missed.
Dan Coate
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