William Powers (Duffy) Shackelford passed away unexpectedly in his Woodland home on Wednesday, March 2, 2011. A celebration of his life is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., Saturday, March 12, at the Heidrick Agriculture Center, 1962 Hays Lane, Woodland.
Duffy was born on Nov. 20, 1953, in Salinas. He graduated from Palma High School in 1971. He attended Hartnell College, UC Davis, and received his degree from Sacramento State. Duffy taught sixth grade for 12 years in Esparto and Falls Elementary School in Suisun. He was well known in Winters for being a life guard and a swim team coach for several years.
For the past 18 years, Duffy has had extreme pride and pleasure in growing quality Early Girl tomatoes and selling his produce at farmers markets and high end restaurants in San Francisco and Napa. Duffy was an avid deer hunter and enjoyed fishing, politics, talking on the phone with friends and family, making sugar cookies with Kacy, and watching Sam play rugby for UC Davis.
Duffy leaves behind many good friends and a family that love him. Survivors include his beloved sister, Claire and her family, Sig and Robbie; his father, Bob; his partner in life for 28 years, Donalee; and the pride and joy of his life, son Sam; and daughter, Kacy.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the Duffy Rugby Memorial, Wells Fargo Bank, Account No. 9919012949. Donations will be given to the UC Davis Rugby team. Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.