William Albert Masters

Apr 1, 1933 - Nov 20, 2014


William Albert “Bill” Masters, age 81, of Sacramento, passed away on Thursday, November 20, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 1, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Los Angeles with his family in 1944, graduating from Hamilton High School in 1950. He briefly took over his father’s position as photographer for Rexall Drug until his dad was well enough to resume his duties, then worked for Rocket Pictures in Hollywood until he joined the Navy in 1952. During his Navy years, Bill served with VP-19 in Atsugi, Japan, and at USTDC in Taipei (just down the hill from Chiang Kai-shek) and reached the rank of Photographer’s Mate First Class.
After leaving the Navy in 1956, he worked various jobs, including Ship’s Photographer on the USS Leilani before moving to Sacramento, where he attended Sacramento State College while working at Douglas Rocket Test Facility. Bill met Catherine “Kay” Mattingly at college, and they were married on June 25th. When they returned from the honeymoon, he started a new job as photographer for the California Highway Patrol, eventually rising to the position of Graphic Services Supervisor. He later transferred to the Commission on POST (Police Officers Standards & Training), where he worked with different law enforcement agencies to broadcast training videos by satellite until retiring in 1996.
He participated in his children’s interests, such as Indian Guides, Scouts, and swim team, even serving as PTA president and helping create the best Haunted House of the time. Always active, he loved his garden and was involved with the neighborhood association (PENA), working as newsletter editor for many years and photographing neighborhood events. In later years, he could usually be found walking his mile around the neighborhood wearing his VP-19 ball cap and chatting with neighbors.
Bill is survived by his beloved wife, Kay; his children, Laurie Masters, Valerie Grubbs (Jeff), and Guy Masters (Ruth); grandchildren, Justin Grubbs (Stephanie), Tavia, Garrett, Tara and Amy Grubbs, Caroline and April Masters; sister, Virginia Masters (Rich Schlothauer), brother, Gilbert “Butch” Masters (Mary). He was preceded by parents Gilbert and Ruth (Erie) Masters, and grandson Benjamin Masters.
A brief funeral service, including Military Honors will be held Monday Dec. 22 at 10:00 a.m., at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Rd, Dixon, CA. The memorial service will be that afternoon at 2:00 pm at East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary, 9189 E. Stockton Bl., Elk Grove, CA, followed by a reception with family and friends.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA
US 95624


  • Meg Linebarger says:

    What a gentle-man Bill was! He was always so kind to me when we spoke or spent time together. The pictures he has taken of members of my family over the last 30+ years are very dear to me–more than ever now that he is gone. To know what a good man Bill was, you need only look at his marriage of over fifty years and the three great children he and his wife raised together. The world is poorer for the loss of my dear friend. I will miss him terribly.

  • Ron Crook says:

    Bill was a talented professional and a humble man. I was Bill’s successor when he retired from the State of CA in January 1997 and I owe my great start in the new position to him. He was kind enough to stick around and cross-train me for two weeks to ensure a smooth transition and make sure I was comfortable. He checked in on me after that on occasion and was there to help when I needed him. Wonderful, one-of-a-kind man!

  • Mark J. Kiss says:

    I am saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. I met him through my involvement with the POST Video Producers Committee. He was a fine man and a good leader of our committee. We all admired and respected him for his knowledge and experience, genuine concern and interest in our endeavors, and his soft-spoken demeanor. May he rest in peace.

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