July 23, 1947 – March 22, 2022 Bill died at Sutter Hospital in Santa Rosa, California. He was 74 years old. He began life in Whittier, California, spending his childhood in Southern California and adulthood in Scottsdale, Arizona. He attended Camelback High School, Arizona State University, and Cal Tech. He led an active life and was a leader of the Scottsdale Jaycees. Bill has had a long career in the electronics industry. His keen sense of design has earned a few patents and his management expertise has sent him to distant cities around the world, from Singapore to London, Paris, North and South America and Puerto Rico. He has resided in Seattle and Whidbey Island, Washington, San Diego, California and Wilmington, North Carolina. In 2006 Bill met Jan Mettler and later moved to Healdsburg, California. Together they cultivated vineyards, olives, vegetable gardens and flower gardens. They shared sixteen memorable years, hosting family reunions, attending musical events and baseball games, supporting the San Francisco Giants. A shrewd, often irreverent man who listened more than he spoke, Bill was known for his dry humor, quick wit and keen sense of observation. He was an accomplished artist, sailor, music lover and “recovered” golfer. Bill was a caring man with a soft heart for animals, rescuing baby birds, rabbits, baby squirrels, even mice that ended up in his vintage Porsche. In addition to his partner Jan and family, Bill is survived by his sister Marci Sutton of Vail, Arizona and his brother David Merkes of Scottsdale. If you would like to make a donation in Bill’s memory, please consider Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue https://scwildliferescue.org or Playing For Change http://playingforchange.org/.
Posted July 21, 2022
Posted in The Arizona Republic