2017-03-09 / Obituaries

William Trompeter

William (Bill) Edward Trompeter, 66, of Midpines, Calif., left us on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s and Cortical Basal Disease. He died at home with his life partner, Mary Alice Walk, in Hospice care as per his wishes.

William was born in Rochelle, Ill., on Nov. 19, 1950, to Francis Marie Mitchell and Edward Arthur Trompeter. He was the youngest of four children.

Those surviving him are Nancy Argetsinger King ( James, Larry) of Poway, Calif., and Ron Trompeter (Margaret) of Woodlway, Wash. He is also survived by nephews Tim (Marina) and Todd Argetsinger as well as Patrick (Merrit) Trompeter. He was preceded in death by his nephew Jeffrey Trompeter. William is also survived by his life partner of 39 years, Mary Alice Walk.

William attended the University of Illinois at Champaign- Urbana. He completed a Bachelors Degree in music (voice) and a Masters Degree at the University of Colorado, Denver, with a concentration in music composition, arranging and choral conducting. He was a founding member of the Catholic Music Ministry Spirit Alive, composing music for their first two albums as well as single-handedly raising the funds to produce their first two albums. When the group split up William went on to work with other choirs in California and Colorado as choir and liturgical director. Among the parishes he worked with were Nativity of our Lord in Broomfield, Colo., St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Fort Collins, Colo., and Saints Peter and Paul in Rocklin, Calif.

In his later years he became disgusted with the institutional Roman Catholic Church due to abuse of children and extreme cover-up measures. He could no longer support such a religion. He found comfort that his former pastor, Timothy Evans, was convicted and incarcerated in Colorado for molesting youth in two parishes.

In recent years William became involved in the feline rescue movement, sheltering and caring for pets thrown into the forest by owners.

A private service will be held in late spring/early summer. Mariposa Funeral Home is handling arrangements. In lieu of other remembrances, the family requests you make a donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at www.michaeljfox.org.

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