William W. BRYANT

  • "Knew and enjoyed Bill in the early 1950's at U of A. We..."
    - Yvonne Anderson Windham

BRYANT, William W. William Wilbur Bryant "Bill", may he rest in peace, left us on November 2, 2017 at the age of 88 years. He was born at the Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, CA on July 9th, 1929, to Emily Wilbur Bryant and William Oliver Bryant. He was a California boy, living first in San Francisco, then Santa Barbara followed by Southern California and ending with graduation from Alhambra High School. Next came the University of Arizona in Tucson where Bill developed a love of the desert.  He joined Arizona Alpha of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, but his education was interrupted by two years of service in the Army, spent in Yung Dung Po, Korea.  Then it was back to the UofA where a lass in the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority house caught his eye. He graduated, and he and Jane Schell were married on July 27th, 1957. Their celebration was held on the patio of Trinity Presbyterian Church, followed by a major monsoon.  Everyone arriving at the reception at the Tucson Country Club got a bit damp, but they managed to enjoy themselves. Back to California where Bill worked for Alhambra Foundry and Jane taught school until their first daughter, Ginger was born. She was soon followed by Beth, then a year later by Katie —all born at Huntington Memorial as had their father. The Bryant family lived in San Gabriel for 15 years and spent summers in Laguna Beach. The Bryants moved to Visalia, CA in 1972 where Bill worked as Sales Manager for Waterman Industries in Exeter. He loved traveling around California for Waterman, but managed to make time to enjoy golf at the Visalia Country Club. When it became time for retirement, Bill and Jane made the move back to Arizona to the delightful community of Green Valley where Bill joined the Elks Club. Many new good friends were made, in addition to the reunion with many old UofA Wildcats. They celebrated their 50th at the Tubac Golf Resort amid another monsoon. After 13 years there, daughter Beth said it was time to come home to Visalia—which they did though Bill dragged his heels, still loving the desert. Bill and Jane have lived in Visalia for five months at the delightful retirement community of Quail Park. They have just celebrated 60 years of marriage, but no monsoon, darn it. He departed at the age of 88 on the 2nd of November --as had his mother, Emily on November 2nd, 2000, at age 88. He leaves his wife, Jane; daughters, Ginger Bryant, Beth Hyde and Katie Buetz; grandchildren, Alex Havard, Willy Havard, Clayton Buetz and Christen Buetz. He also leaves his sister, Mary Lou Bryant of Sausalito, many good SAE friends, travel companions and certainly his gourmet and bridge group friends in both Arizona and Visalia. ------ A life much loved and well spent. The family would like to thank the caring staff of Enhanced Assisted Living at Quail Park, Kaweah Delta Hospice Care and Science Care.com, all of whom provided support at this special time. Donations may be sent to Kaweah Delta Hospice Foundation, 216 S. Johnson St., Visalia, CA 93291. Family services will be held at a later time.

Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Nov. 14, 2017
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