William Huiras
1940 - 2021
On August 20th, 2021, William V. Huiras passed away at the age of 80. William was born in French Camp, California on September 27, 1940. He spent his boyhood on his family's farm in Lockeford, California. At the age of 18, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served in Alaska as a radio operator decoding morse code messages transmitted by Russia during the Cold War. He received an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force and at the age of 22, married Jeanney Castillo and started a family. Jeanney encouraged him to pursue a career as a school teacher. William worked to put himself through school while helping raise three children and attending Sacramento State University. He began his career as an educator for Lodi Unified School District where he taught for 32 years. Known as Bill by all who knew him, Bill was known for his beautiful gardens and roses that he planted wherever he dwelled. While a teacher at Oakwood Elementary, he planted and cared for dozens of roses which were appreciated and loved by the students, fellow peers, and neighbors of the school. Many people also knew Bill by his iconic Handlebar Mustache. He was extremely charismatic and fun loving. He was always available for a game of cards or dice. His work ethic was unequaled. He was the embodiment of the phrase "you work hard and you play hard." Later in life, he found solace out on the waters of Pardee Lake. He would often say, "All you need to find your peace is a boat, a fishing pole, and be out on the lake." He made his world a better place, and made it better for those who knew him. His boisterous laugh and upbeat personality will be greatly missed.
William is survived by son, William Huiras Jr. and his daughter-in-law Patti; son, Christopher Huiras and his daughter-in-law Debra; daughter, Trista Huiras; granddaughter, Cate; sister, Betty Daly; brother, Robert Huiras; nephews, David and Gabriel Wildermuth; niece, Michelle Welch; nephew, Josh Daly; and long-time companion, Charlene Graves.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Shirley Wildermuth.
A private memorial will be held September 25, 2021. In memory of William, please consider donating to the American Cancer Society in his name.
Published by Lodi-News Sentinel from Sep. 11 to Sep. 18, 2021.
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I was saddened today to learn of Bill's death but soon a smile came to my face as I remembered working with him in the rose gardens he planted at Oakwood. What beauty they brought to the campus! He was a joy to work with. My heart goes out to his family as they deal with the loss of this wonderful man. How blessed we were to have known him.
Christy Reinold
September 16, 2021
Miss you Bill. Thanks for all you did for us.
Debra Huiras
September 11, 2021
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