William T. Mitchell

Jun 23, 1938 - Mar 23, 2015


MITCHELL, William Thomas “Bill” 6/23/38 – 3/23/15 It is with great sadness that the family announces his passing at age 77. He died peacefully in his sleep. A doting husband and loving, steadfast father, he is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years Karen, his four cherished children Catherine (Robert), Alison (Wilson), Michael (Steve) and Jennifer (Todd); his darling grandchild Claire; his sister Gail LaGesse (Buzz); extended family: David Bonnickson, Kay Mitchell and Ruth Friedline, along with many other family members who are loved. He is predeceased by his parents Marvin and Mary Don and his brother Jim. Bill will be remembered for his keen mind, liveliness and generosity. He had a kind disposition, a twinkle in his eye, a warm heart and a big smile on his face. Open minded, artistic and with broad-ranging interests, Bill loved philosophy, ethics, science, history, theology, old-time radio shows, big band music, poetry, and films (from Das Boot to Airplane!) as well as hiking, camping and a good road trip. He was also quite the card, quick with puns, jokes and spot-on impersonations. Born in Paducah, Kentucky, he enjoyed a Tom Sawyer childhood and would tell stories of proudly wearing his coonskin hat through town, hitching rides in apple carts, and visiting his dad’s machine shop with fascination. He moved to Sacramento at the age of 9. Unbeknownst that they would someday meet and marry, as a teenager Karen listened to Bill on the radio. He was the voice of the Grant Pacer High Time radio show while attending Grant High, where he graduated in 1956. He later met Karen while working as an Aerojet draftsman, where he flirted with her at the water cooler. A lifetime love of airplanes led him to serve in the Army Air Corps. He received his master’s in Social Work at Sacramento State, then worked for 36 years in Child and Adult Protective Services as a Program Planner for the County of Sacramento Department of Health and Human Services. A funeral service will be held 10am Monday, March 30th at the North Sacramento Funeral Home, 725 El Camino Avenue, Sacramento, CA followed by a private burial. If you’d like to make a memorial donation, please consider the Salvation Army or the Union Gospel Mission. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sacbee/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=174511851#sthash.pPPCtFCM.dpuf

Funeral Home:
North Sacramento Funeral Home
725 El Camino Avenue
Sacramento, CA


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