June 4, 1940 – April 2, 2019
William was born in Denver Colorado to Marthalyn Carpenter Pyatt and Smith Willis Pyatt. He was the youngest of three boys. The death of Bill’s dad when he was only two years old set in motion a series of moves during his young childhood including Chicago, Guam and ultimately to the place he would always consider home, Nevada. He attended Mineral County High School in Hawthorne where he made many lifelong friends. He graduated in the class of 1959 and then he began his career in the U.S. Navy. His time on board a Navy ship allowed him to see much of the world. He served in Vietnam for several years and finally finished up the last years of his Naval career training new recruits. He retired from full time military life in 1970 but continued serving in the reserves in San Diego until 1981.
He began a new career in 1970 with the University of California San Diego Medical Center in the field of physical plant services. Here it was not unusual to run into Hollywood or sports celebrities or even an animal patient from the San Diego Zoo. Retiring from UC San Diego in 1992 allowed Bill to finally return to where his heart had always remained, the State of Nevada. He finished up his career in physical plant services and facilities management at several locations including Health South, Renown and LSP Products Group.
He lived out the rest of his life on his dream spot complete with open mountain views, horses, dogs and his wife, Linda. He loved fishing, horses, his dogs, the Reno Rodeo and his wife. During his later years sharing in the lives of his granddaughters brought him much laughter and happiness.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; daughter in law, Aimee Ogden; son in law, Ryan (Amy) Ogden; granddaughters, Kembria and Ashlynn Burnett; cousins, Joseph Carpenter, Judith Spangler and Billy Carpenter and great nephews, Kevin and Kelly Pyatt. He was preceded in death by his mother and his brothers, Jim and Joe.
He will be missed greatly by his family and many wonderful friends.
There will be no formal services, but if you would like to make a donation in his memory please consider the Reno Rodeo Foundation at www.renorodeofoundation.org or Wild Horse advocates at www.wildhorseadvocates.org