William H. Hall, 85
SIERRA VISTA–William H. Hall passed away on May 24, 2019. Bill is survived by his wife Jean, sons Jerry and Marty, daughter Jacki, four grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
He was born on June 3, 1933 in Lewistown, Montana. He left Montana at the age of 5 and accompanied his parents and a brother and sister to make a new home in Olympia, Washington. He graduated from high school there and enlisted in the Army Alaska Communication System (ACS) for three years starting in January of 1952. He served a two year tour in Fairbanks, Alaska. While there, he returned to Olympia, Washington to marry his high school sweetheart, Bessie Jean Roberts, after which they returned over the ALCAN Highway on their honeymoon. While in Fairbanks, their first child, Gerald, was born. After his discharge, he returned to the job he had at the Mt. Rainier Ordnance Depot near Tacoma, Washington prior to enlisting. While there, he applied and was accepted for an intern program that required them to move to Texarkana, Texas for a year of training. While there, their second child, Marty, was born. After completing his internship, he was returned to Mt. Rainier Ordnance Depot to start a career in Logistics. Within a couple of years, their third child, Jacki, was born. Soon after, it was announced that the Depot was going to close so he followed the mission to Toelle Army Depot near Salt Lake City, Utah. Within two years he was offered and accepted a logistics position at Ft. Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska. Two years later (after the big earthquake) they left Alaska to go to Pennsylvania where he joined an organization that was developing an automated logistic system for the Army. After being exposed to computers at the early stages of their development, he accepted a position at Ft. Huachuca at Sierra Vista, Arizona, as a computer programmer. This turned out to be their last move and he retired from government service in 1988 after serving 38 years with the Federal Government.
When his daughter Jacki joined a softball team he started coaching and continued even after Jacki stopped playing. He also started playing softball in a men’s league. Soon after moving to Sierra Vista, he became interested in playing in the desert with off-road vehicles and with the help of his son Gerald, built a sand rail which he operated for many years.
He was a member of Rotary for 15 years. While president in 1976-77, his club was awarded the coveted Horace Griffen Award for the best club in the District which included clubs from Sierra Vista, Tucson, Tempe, Yuma and others.
He was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1997 and after surgery and radiation treatments, was declared cured. He and Jean joined the Sierra Vista Evangelical Lutheran Church upon their arrival in Sierra Vista in 1968 and have been active members ever since.
In 1992, he lost much of his vision from macular degeneration and his vision has been severely limited since about 1996. He helped form the Sierra Vista Low Vision Support Group in 1995 and has held the position as facilitator since 1997.
Services will be held on Saturday, June 22 at 11:00 a.m. at Sierra Vista Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sierra Vista. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations should be sent to the Sierra Lutheran Church at 101 N. Lenzner Avenue, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635.