William Merwin Mosher IV

Jan 2, 1953 - Jan 6, 2017


William Merwin Mosher, IV passed away January 6, 2017 at the age of 64. He was born January 2, 1953 in Sacramento, California to William G., Sr. and Melba Mosher. After a life- long battle and suffering with Rheumatoid Arthritis, he’s finally able to rest peacefully.
He is survived by his loving wife Kay of 39 years; daughter Melanie Mosher Baiz (Sean) and grandchildren Madelyn and William. He is also survived by his Mother, Melba Mosher; two sisters Faye Krull (Robert); Ouida Garms (Herb) and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his father William G. Mosher, Sr., Grandparents Lester and Fay Ledbetter, Grandparents William & Rosalyn Mosher, Great Aunt Alva Barton, Uncle William Ledbetter and Aunt Madelyn Valensin. He was a graduate of Elk Grove High School and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
He was a fourth generation cattleman in Sloughhouse, CA and South Lake Tahoe, California. During his childhood he went on many trips and visited many countries with his grandparents. He was owner/operator of the WM Cattle Co. Bill ran cattle from the Barton Ranch to their summer range on family property in South Lake Tahoe. With his easy going personality he had the same cattle crew for many years. While serving as President of the Amador El Dorado Sacramento County Cattlemen’s Association, he organized the Cattlemen’s Jackpot Show which he continued for over 30 years. He also served on the Sloughhouse RCD Board and the last several years as Chairman. He hosted many events including the Sheriff’s Ride and Elk Grove’s Project Ride at the Barton Ranch.
He spent many years helping with Elk Grove’s Western Festival Days. Bill was a 45 year member of Elk Grove Parlor #41 Native Sons of the Golden West. He had a love for agriculture, was an avid reader and loved his family.
A very special thank you to the medical staff at Mercy San Juan Hospital for their excellent care and consideration for Bill and his family during this difficult time. Bill was the anchor of the family and will be deeply missed by all.
Funeral Mass will be held at St. Vincent de Paul, 14673 Cantova Way, Rancho Murieta, CA 95683 Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Project Ride, 8840 Southside Avenue, Elk Grove, CA 95624

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


  • Linda Loesch says:

    To my dear loving friends. I am so sorry to hear the loss of my very special friend, Billy Mosher. This family is an amazing family and I send my love and sympathy to all of you. I won’t be able to attend the services but please feel my love and desire to be there. God Bless all of you and my special friend .

  • Pam (Clark) Hunt says:

    Our condolences to the family. Bill was a school mate. What a wonderful person who made such an impact on many lives. May he rest in peace.

  • Teresa (Brennfoerder) Hobbs says:

    Sending my cousin Kay and her family, my heartfelt sympathy and caring thoughts to give you strength during this difficult time.

  • Curt and Sandi Baker says:

    Our condolences to the family, Billy was a wonderful man and a good friend and he will truly be missed!

  • Gladys Yun says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We will miss Bill. You couldn’t ask for a better neighbor.

  • Louise (Cooper) Cox says:

    Sending our thoughts and prayers to the family. Bill aka Billy was a wonderful friend, just a gentle man. So sorry to hear of his passing, may he have the peace he so deserves, and prayers for Kay and the family. Peace be with you.

  • Bob Russo Treasurer Elk Grove Parlor #41 NSGW says:

    Elk Grove Parlor #41 of the Native Sons of the Golden West, adjourned the meeting of January 9,2017 in memory of our departed brother William M. Mosher. The Parlor wishes to extend our deepest condolences to the entire Mosher family on the loss of this local icon.

  • Rex Lake says:

    I was shocked and saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. My memories of Bill as a neighbor and friends are of a genuinely nice and honorable gentleman in the classic sense. Sincere condolences to Kay and Melanie and the rest of his family. RIP old friend.

  • Mark phillips says:

    I’m saddened to hear of the loss of Bill. I had the pleasure of workng with him for 8 years. He was always pleasant and respectful and taught me a lot about raising cattle and farming and ranching. I’ve thought of him often over the years, and I’ve always had great memories of Bill and his family. I regret not having gotten in touch with him in the last few years. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  • Monica Berbert (Ridzik) says:

    Sorry to hear about Bill passing..I knew him in college at Cosumnes River College and he was a very kind young man then and am sure he stayed that way all his life.

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