William Roy "Bill" Hyde
1928 - 2020
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William (Bill) Roy Hyde, 92 passed away peacefully at his home in El Cajon, CA, with his girls at his side, on August 25, 2020. Bill was born on July 15, 1928 in Detroit, MI, to Thomas and Helen Hyde.
Bill was preceded in death by his beautiful and loving wife, Marilyn, brother, Thomas, sisters, Mary and Margaret and his parents.
Bill is survived by his loving family, daughter, Laura (Jean), son, Thomas, daughter, Diane (Bill), sister, Dorothy (Russ), brothers, Paul and George, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Bill joined the Navy at 17 embarking upon a 20 year career in the submarine services and radio communications, retiring as a Chief. He served aboard the submarines Sea Poacher, Valador, K-2, Jallao, Raton, the nuclear powered Sargo and the Razorback. His Navy education and experiences had a profound and lasting effect on his life. After his retirement, he owned a small tv repair business and also worked for Montgomery Wards for a short time, until a neighbor talked him into applying for a job with SUPSHIP. Bill then dedicated the next 20 years to overseeing the quality of Naval ship building.
While working for SUPSHIP Bill noticed a trash can filled will scraps of metal and copper. He saw a piece of copper that he thought he could make something out of. He took that piece home to sculpt, starting years of working with copper and pieces, creating many amazing pieces of art. His biggest project was the making a life size eagle, made of copper, which has been used as a centerpiece for photos at many Eagle Scout award ceremonies.
Bill was a proud and active member of the El Cajon Elks Lodge 1812 for over 35 years. The friendships he made there, created lasting bonds as his second family. He was known all over Elkdom as the Grand Sculptor. His love for art and sculpting carried on into the Elks. He made 100's of elk sculptures that are now enjoyed and displayed in Grand Exalted Rulers, Exalted Rulers, District Deputies, other Officers, members , lodges, friends and families homes all over the Country. His greatest accomplishment in wood sculpturing is the year long making of a life size elk, currently proudly displayed in the lobby of the El Cajon Elks Lodge. Bill's legacy will live on and will NEVER be forgotten.
His family, friends and all who knew and loved him will miss his amazing stories that spanned the 92 years of his life. Our family is grateful for the loving support and care provided by Bill's friends and neighbors that enabled him to live independently in his home of 68 years where he could continue to create.
A Celebration of Life will be at a latter date.

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune from Sep. 5 to Sep. 7, 2020.
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September 25, 2020
Bill was a beautiful man, always class and a perfect gentleman .
I am so proud to own one of his sculptures. He will be so missed by all that knew him.
Joy Hines
September 23, 2020
William ‘Bill’ Hyde was pure joy and love. He never said hurtful or disparaging word about anyone. He always offered encouragement and love. He was open and honest with his feelings. He was intelligent, kind, loving and sharing. If his friends had sadness or anything bad or hard in their lives, he suffered with them and tried to think of a solution to their problem as he offered prayers.
He had the best stories about his life and he lived it to the fullest. He loved his soulmate, Marilyn, more than most can imagine. They were blessed to have each other for most of their lives. His family was the center of his world. He was so proud of each one of them. At the El Cajon Elks lodge, we say that the word ‘gentleman’ in the dictionary should have Bill’s picture next to it. He was a GentleMan in every sense of the definition- not only by his immaculate attire, but in his every day life.
The last few months of his life he had some very painful medical tests, yet he never complained. After one test he told me he asked the ‘tech’ if it needed to hurt so badly. She patted his arm tenderly and smiled at him. His response? He was amazed at the warmth and kindness she gave him. (really? It was a few pats on the arm with a smile - while he was still in during excruciating pain. Most of us would’ve been climbing the wall!)
I can only say that it if we could all live our lives in Bill shoes, the world would be a better place.
Until we meet again, my friend
Coleen Owens
September 16, 2020
Bill Hyde was the father of Diane, one my best friends. I met him at her wedding here in Reno, Nevada. He impressed me with his devotion to his family, his remarkable career in the Navy, his many artistic talents, his devotion to Elkdom and his eloquent speech. We were pen pals for a few years and I will always miss that connection
I wish you, “Fair winds and following seas” Bill. You were loved.
Bonnie Days
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