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William “Bill” Albert Reid Jr.

From page A2 | November 20, 2013 | 2 Comments

William Reid Jr

Aug. 27, 1937 — Nov. 12, 2013

Bill Reid was born in Springer, Colo., to Bill and Helen Reid and was raised in Santa Fe, N.M. When he was 19 years old, he moved to the Stockton area of California with his wife, Opal, and his two young sisters, Mary and Joan. Bill and Opal had three children: William III, the first son; William III, the second son; and daughter, Joan.

A short time later Bill took a job as a heavy equipment operator for the California Division of Forestry and moved to El Dorado County. He and Opal divorced and he married Sandy Nash. Bill and Sandy had four children: John, Andy, Robin and Shannon. Bill and Sandy divorced in 1971. He left CDF after a bulldozer accident disabled him. In 1974 he married Gwen Wylie and they had three children: Summer, Lacy and Amber.

Bill and Gwen took over the concessions contract at Finnon Lake in Mosquito, Calif., and ran that business for the next 25 years. During that time Bill was involved in developing and building the Mosquito Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as Fire Chief for a number of years. He also worked for Diamond Construction, Swartfigure Logging and Vance Logging. He permanently retired in 1995 and spent the next 10 years in his garden. Throughout the 1970s he was also a Kit Carson Mountain Man and helped to organize the Highway 50 Wagon Train and parade.

Bill was preceded in death by his mother and father, Bill and Helen Reid; his sister, Alta; brother, John; an infant daughter; his infant son, the first William III; his teenage son, the second William III; and his grandsons, Reid William Clark and Donald Forest Reid. He is survived by his sisters, Stella, Pat, Pearl, Jean, Mary, Joan and Violet; his children, Joan, John, Andy, Robin, Shannon, Summer, Lacy and Amber; 20 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held at Placer Heights Baptist Church on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 1 p.m. A potluck reception will follow.


Discussion | 2 comments

  • Linda BakerNovember 20, 2013 - 5:26 pm

    My heart goes out to all my California family for their loss. Uncle Bill was certainly a part of my early years and I will always remember him fondly.

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  • Ira HickmanNovember 20, 2013 - 5:42 pm

    My uncle lived a damn good life! He will be missed.

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