William Joseph Dejarnette
1933 - 2020
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DEJARNETTE, William Joseph

Passed away peacefully at age 86, June 14, 2020 in the company of his sons Bill and Bob, and grandson John, in Rio Rico, AZ. Granddaughter Kriel and daughter Lauren helped tremendously in the final weeks.

Born in Kansas City, MO October 4, 1933 to Joseph W. DeJarnette and Marie Kubitski he was the oldest of two sons.

Bill served in the Air Force during the Korean War training radio operators at Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS. Shortly after enlisting in 1953 he married his love for life Frieda Marie White whom he met in Paola, Kansas.

He received a B.A. from Kansas University and worked in the film industry for most of his younger life, living first in Lawrence, KS and later in Louisville, KY.

Bill and Frieda shared a love for the outdoors, collecting art and knick-knacks at estate sales, and had similar views of spirituality and the meaning of life. They moved to Arroyo Grande, CA in 1980 where they lived happily for 25 years developing many long-lasting friendships. They moved to Rio Rico, AZ in 2005. Frieda passed away in 2008 and Bill remained faithful to her memory until his passing.

Bill was an amazing father, grandfather, and friend, staying in touch with numerous relatives and friends over the years. He was generous to a fault, kind and caring, and with Frieda supported many philanthropic and humanitarian causes over the years. They championed equal rights and knew no bias against anyone. He was a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow recipient. Everywhere he went he spread goodwill and will be missed by many.

Bill is survived by his three children Bill DeJarnette, Lauren Flanagan, and Bob DeJarnette, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Due to the current social distancing requirements there are currently no plans for a memorial service but one will be scheduled.

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Published in Arizona Daily Star on Jun. 28, 2020.
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July 3, 2020
He was truly a wonderful man. I worked with him and young Bill for many years and we all enjoyed every minute together. They took me into their family and we were all great friends. Bill was hilarious and not always intentually which made young Bill and I laugh even more. We've said his 'punchlines' to each other over and over. I was lucky enough to speak to him just days before his passing. I will miss him and my love goes out to his family.
Rick Hamilton
July 3, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to your normal routine, remember the good times you and he had.
Bruce Monro
June 30, 2020
My thoughts are with you all.
Annette DeHate
June 29, 2020
So saddened to learn of this news. Sending our condolences to his family. Surprised that he left us too soon, since were with him just back in February. Keeping his family in our thoughts and prayers.
Doug & Grace
June 29, 2020
It's been two weeks dad and I miss you so much. Hope you are resting easy and cruising the universe with mom at your side.
Bill DeJarnette
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