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William Edwards Anderson

1965 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
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William Edwards Anderson

January 04, 1965 - August 16, 2016


William Edward Anderson was born on January 4, 1965 in Visalia, CA to Gary and Mary Anderson. He passed away on August 16, 2016 at the age of 51 surrounded by family and friends. William grew up in Bishop, CA with his parents and brother, Matthew Anderson. He later lived in San Diego for over 20 years where he helped raise his two beautiful daughters, Rachael and Zoë.

William met his wife, Diana Vigario-Anderson, at a Power Lifting Competition in 2000. They were married on August 14, 2004 and shortly after moved back to their hometown, Visalia, in 2005 and enjoyed 12 happy years as husband and wife. William graduated from Fresno State University with a Bachelors' Degree and Masters' Degree in English Literature, and was currently working towards obtaining his Doctorate in Education. He was a devoted English teacher at College of Sequoias and Reedley College and was also a writing consultant at the Graduate Writing Studio at Fresno State. William had a great passion for music. He had been singing and playing guitar for over 35 years. Very soon after moving to Visalia, "Big Willy" met Ken Richardson, bass player, and blues duet "Bad Luck and Trouble" was formed. The duo became a trio with the addition of Chris Black on drums. The three members of Bad Luck and Trouble were not only band mates, they were "brothers." William also supported other musicians of the valley by hosting an Open Mic Night once a month with his daughter Zoë and good friend Marcos Zamudio whom he met at the very first Open Mic. Marcos and Zoë plan to continue the Open Mic Night in Will's honor.

William is survived by his wife of 12 years, Diana Vigario-Anderson, his daughters Zoë Anderson of Visalia and Rachael Segi and husband Jordan Segi of Murrieta, CA; his grandchildren Keanu, Noelani, Aulelei, and Kenai Segi; his parents Gary and Mary Anderson of Exeter; his brother Matthew Anderson and sister-in-law Tami Anderson of Gardnerville, NV and his nieces and nephew Alyssa, Coby, Heather, and Tori Anderson.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, August 25th at 9:00 a.m. at Visalia District Cemetery. A memorial tribute may be offered by logging onto
Published in Visalia Times-Delta & Tulare Advance-Register on Aug. 23, 2016
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