Bill Wittliff

Austin, Texas

1940 - 2019


June 6, 2019
Austin, Texas


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WITTLIFF, Bill Bill Wittliff's career was too various, and his influence too widespread and powerful, to be corralled into any one category. He was a scattershot genius: filmmaker, photographer, storyteller, impresario of statues and public monuments, water dowser, publisher; also collector of...

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Your memories linger on in your true son of Texas spirit. Besides your many wonderful creative pursuits, which we all love, there is a special time when you shot the cannon off on Texas Independence Day on the porch of your UT.

I did not know you personally, but appreciated you and your talents through the eyes of your loving brother. My condolences to him and the rest of your family.

A sad loss of a great storyteller with a true insight into our Texas and Southern souls. He will be missed. Condolences to all who feel a vital part of their own soul has gone.

A mutual friend of Billy and Sally called to alert me to the recent death of Bill Wittliff.
I perused the obituary and tried to relocate the experience of meeting my new classmate in the wrinkles of my mind. He was certainly not an ordinary person even at the young ages we were in the fourth or fifth grades of Blanco Elementary School. He and his brother Jimmy, were well liked and assimilated easily.
Probably the best description I ever remember of Billy is "scatter-shot...

I was sorry to read of Mr Wittliff's passing . Que vaya con Dios. I never met him but knew him by reputation. I followed many of the high points of his career , but learned many new things form his obituary. The fact that he wore a milagro of Don Pedrito Jaramillo surprised me and made an impression on me , as the northeast corner of the northeast pasture on my home place is only several hundred yards from the Don Pedrito shrine. Small world for such a big state. My sincere condolences to...

Best story teller around the campfire. Lonesome Dove true to the man and to Texas. Rest in Peace

Last time we saw him.

Bill was a great talent and inspiration. I'll honor his memory at his namesake Wittliff Collections at Texas State University. He was one of the very last (if not THE last) great Texas journalists.

We have lost a great one. Bill was a class act in every respect and will be missed by all. His wonderful family is in our hearts during this time of sorrow.

What a talented man and what a great friend!
You will be dearly missed Bill (aka: Blanco)from here to eternity.

J. David Holmes