William L. Van Dyke
William L. Van Dyke
  • March 1, 1946 - January 23, 2017
  • Tampa, Florida

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Van Dyke, William Lawshe, III, 70 of Tampa, died on January 23, 2017.

Born in Tampa, Billy attended Mitchell, Wilson, Darlington (Rome, Ga.) and Plant High School. From ages 9 to 17, he attended Frye’s Leap Camp in Maine which had a tremendous impact on his life. He graduated from Florida State University earning a degree in Business Administration and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

Upon graduation, he returned to Tampa to join his family at Hav-A-Tampa/Eli Witt, where his grandfather had been vice president and his father later president. Afterwards, he formed Van Dyke and Associates and then became a stockbroker at Smith Barney and Merrill Lynch.

Billy enjoyed golfing, bird hunting, poker with the TNT Club, fishing from Lutz to Boca Grande, male family trips to Alaska, and was an avid FSU football and basketball fan. “Go Noles!” He was a former member of the Merry Makers Club, Ye Mystic Krewe, Tampa Yacht & Country Club, and Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club. He was formerly on the Board of Counselors of the University of Tampa.

Billy is survived by his wife of 46 years, Patricia Sanders Van Dyke, daughter Eliot Sutton Van Dyke Miller (Shane), son William L. Van Dyke IV, brother Jess Van Dyke (Sherry) of Tallahassee, step-grandson Lance Miller, first cousins Carrington Barrs (Nancy), Rick Barrs (Donna), Scott Barrs (Sumi), Bruce Barrs, Bretta Barrs Sullivan (Don), and Catherine Barrs Marston (John).

Billy received a heart transplant at Temple University Hospital in 2001, which added 15 years to his life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Transplant House Fund at the Tampa General Foundation or St. John’s Episcopal Church. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 2, at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 4:30 P.M.