2015-08-06 / Obituaries

William (Bill) Perry

William (Bill) Perry, 66, a 47-year resident of Mariposa County, left this world with his family by his side at his home in Mariposa on July 28, 2015 after several lengthy illnesses.

He was born in Fresno to Susan and Rex Perry and was the youngest of four siblings. He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Madelaine and Dianne, along with parents Susan and Rex.

Bill attended elementary schools in Fresno, graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended some college before heading up to Yosemite National Park, where he enjoyed its beauty through hiking and rock climbing. There he met the love of his life Patricia and married her in July of 1975 in the Yosemite Valley Chapel.

Bill worked in Yosemite for 45 years and during this time, he and Patricia loved living in their homes in El Portal and Mariposa. They both felt so blessed to be able to raise their beloved sons, Nathan and Benjamin, in the mountains.

Bill enjoyed reading Western books and watching Western movies. He especially liked hunting, golf, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and repairing or building things in his garage. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and their parents and special holiday gatherings that involved food without gifts. With anyone he met or causally talked to, it was always Bill’s goal to leave them with a shared smile and laugh.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Patricia, children Nathan (Kari) and Benjamin (Sarah), grandchildren Rylee, Jace, and Olivia, his brother Donald and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Final services for Bill will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 15 at the Mariposa Funeral Home Chapel, 9th and Bullion Streets in Mariposa, followed by a celebration of life at the Masonic Hall, 5154 Jones Street.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in his name be sent to Friends of Hospice, P. O. Box 216, Mariposa, CA 95338. Cherish his memory and let it live on.

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