SIERRA VISTA — Bill was born in Ixtlan del Rio, Nayarit, Mexico to Evelyn Buzan and William LeBaron Jenney II. He spent his childhood between various mining operations in Mexico, the family home in Prescott, and his mother's family home, the Trail’s End Ranch in Aravaipa Canyon.
Immediately after graduating from Prescott High School, in 1943, Bill enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Postwar, Bill graduated from the University of Arizona College of Mines, following in the footsteps of his father and stepfather, Howard Fields. Bill and Howard spent much time in the saddle evaluating remote mining operations in the Sierra Madre Mountains.
Following his marriage to Beverly (Bebe) Harris of Tucson, he worked briefly underground in San Manuel but in 1955 moved to Bisbee to open his own trucking (Jenney Freight Line) and refuse removal (Cochise Sanitary Service) businesses with his father-in-law and two other partners. Based in Sierra Vista and Tucson, Jenney Freight later expanded throughout much of Arizona.
Bill served on the Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Vista Community Hospital Board where he was president for many years. He also served on the Cochise County Industrial Development Authority and Rotary Club. Bill was a 33rd Degree Mason and held many state and national offices in all of Masonry
Bill passed away on May 29, 2018. He is survived by his sister, Patricia Lawrence and her children, daughter, Marilyn (Paul) Mueller of Bisbee, sons, Bill of Bisbee, Bob (Karen) of Tucson and Rex of Flagstaff along with his grandchildren, Wendy and Lesley Mueller, Will, Paulina and Julian Jenney, Mike (Tamara) Jenney, Renn and Ruby Jenney, and dear friends Frank Soto and Olivia.
Bill had an excellent sense of humor and kept his friends and family entertained with stories of old Arizona and Mexico.