William “Billy” D. Patton, 79, of Grangeville, Idaho, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at his home. Billy was born in Weaverville, Calif. on Aug. 22, 1938, to Clarence and Eva Patton. Born fourth of seven children he grew up in Hayfork, Calif. and the surrounding area.
Bill attended schools in Peanut, Weaverville and was part of the first graduating class at Hayfork High.
He married Shirlee Keller and they later divorced after having three sons: Rod of Hayfork, Calif., Jeff of Laurel, Mont. and Eric of Cottonwood, Calif.
Bill then came to Idaho on several hunting trips and finally moved to Grangeville in 1976. As a timber faller, hunter and love for fishing it didn’t take long to fit in with new friends who all lived life to the fullest and who were never going to get old.
Bill married Shannon Watts in 1977 after a short engagement. Four years later, to the day, Beverly was born.
He fell his first tree with his dad at age 12. This was only the start of his great knowledge of the woods and falling timber, which he passed on to his children. With all the years he spent in the woods hunting, logging and fishing in any water that he could find – he touched so many and made some great friends.
If it wasn’t hunting season, all would gather for a jet boat trip on the river or a hike in to a lake. When that wasn’t enough, he was known to talk everyone into helping pack a boat in to the distant lakes.
Bill loved all his grandkids and always wanted to make sure they had their own guns and fishing poles. To go fishing with them was something he looked forward to, even if it meant tying and retying hooks and fixing the frequent rat’s nest that somehow “just happened”.
Bill was also a member of the Grangeville and White Bird gun clubs.
He leaves behind his wife of 40 years, Shannon; his children, Rod (Mary) Patton, Jeff Patton, Eric (Shellie) Patton, Beverly (Will) Scheibe; grandchildren, J.W., Josh, Gabrielle, Marissa, Arielle, Megan, Ryder and Oakley; great granddaughter, Bella; one sister, Barbra Jean and so many cousins, nieces, nephews – too many to name.
A memorial service will be held at Blackmer Funeral Home Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at 12 p.m. A short graveside service will follow at Mount Idaho Cemetery. The family would like to invite all to a potluck dinner at 3: p.m. at the Grangeville Gun Club. Services are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com.
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