William Moore Waite
Mar 15, 1916 - Jan 2, 2018
William ‘Bill’ Moore Waite, age 101, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. He was born in Perkins, OK to Clarence and Pearl (Moore) Waite in the family farmhouse on the Cimarron River on March 15, 1916. He was the oldest brother of six siblings: Margaret, Lucile, John, Maurice, Thomas, and Carl.
Bill liked to tell stories. In his youth, when he wasn’t helping out on the farm, you might have found him having harmless fun around town. He and a friend once jumped the train and rode it to Colorado to find work. Not finding any opportunities, they had to return home. On the way back, they got caught as train stowaways and had to hitchhike their way home. He served two stints in the Navy, leaving at one point and re-enlisting at the beginning of WWII, for a total of eight years. While in the Navy he kept a log, which he loved to show off, of how many times he crossed over the equator – 59 times.
Bill met and later married Ann Merrill in 1945. They had two children, John William and Jed Warren. After he and Ann divorced, he lived as a bachelor until he began dating Jessie ‘June’ Livermore. They dated for five years until one day she gave him the ultimatum of marriage or move on. As he put it, he “wised up” and they were married March 22, 1975. Together they lived a modest life in the Sacramento area and settled into their forever home in Roseville in 1989.
Bill was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Blue Lodge, Shriners, and Elks Lodge. He was a printer by trade and owned Counter Waite Printing, later renamed Allied Printing, in Sacramento until he retired. Bill enjoyed regular hunting and fishing trips to Carpenter Valley, Alaska, and Wyoming. He was an avid golfer. He and June were members at Sierra View Country Club in Roseville. It was there, on April 25, 1989, he hit a Hole in One at the 17th hole. Bill used to say that the day he couldn’t walk all 18 holes would be his last day of golf. He was in his 90s when that day finally came, but his love for the game inspired him to continue on for a few more years by golfing fewer holes. He would also walk the neighborhood daily, where he was known as “the Mayor”, socializing with his community. He was a meat and potatoes kind of guy, always saying he was allergic to any kind of green vegetables. He was proud of that fact that he never had to spend a night in the hospital or “the pokey”. Bill and June believed in Happy Hour every day, when they would sit down for a martini and snack. In 2015, June passed away at 97 years old and Bill continued to live his final years in their home. It is safe to say, they are now drinking martinis together again.
He is survived by sons John (Ruth), and Jed (June); grandchildren Victoria Waite, Brooke Waite, Jeffrey Waite, Michael Waite, David Myers, Michael Myers, and Sarah Myers-Hernandez; brother Carl; and seven great-grandkids. He is preceded in death by his loving wife Jessie June; step-daughter Carol Myers; his parents; and five siblings.
A private burial will be held at Sierra Hills Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, we ask that one day this week you find someone to sit down and share a drink (non-alcoholic included). Both Bill and June would have liked that.
Thanks to the many caretakers who helped both Bill and June over the years. And a special thank you to their neighbors, Jenny and Nate O’Hara, who were there to help out whenever needed.