William Thomas Daley
William Thomas Daley
  • July 27, 1938 - August 4, 2017
  • Citrus Heights, California

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Bill was born July 27, 1938 in Denver, Colorado to Michael Angelo Daley and Vivian Annetta Short.

Bill is survived by his wife Diana, daughter Michelle and her husband Chris, sons Toby and Kevin. Also survived by brother Tim and his wife Peggy, sister Charlene and her husband David.

He was blessed with grandchildren, Austin, Harrison, Rebecca and Shannon and three great-grandchildren, Joseph, Caleb and Rory, Jr.

Bill is also survived by his father-in-law Robert Brill, brother in-law Dennis, sister-in-law Marina, Half sister Shirley Wilcox and several nieces and nephews.

He would not want to forget a special part of his family, Kathy Durr.

Bill graduated from Castlemont High School in 1957 where he excelled in swimming. He later took that passion and enlisted in the United States Navy where, earning the rank of PFC, served a six-year term, both enlisted and reserve, and part of that stationed in the Philippines.

Those that were blessed to know him would agree that he was a hard working man, taking every task given
seriously and completed with perfection. Bill had various jobs throughout his life, but the majority of
those were at Electro Engineering, a transformer manufacturing company in San Leandro, Ca, where he later was shop foreman. His hard work and dedication with the company would then take him and his family to Nevada where he worked at the Carson City plant for many years.

Bill and Diana purchased a home in Minden, Nevada in the Johnson Lane area on one acre, with nothing but house and sagebrush. Over the years, with Bill's talent for carpentry and landscaping, he would create a beautiful cozy retreat for their family and homes for all their critters, from chickens to horses. They truly loved their little ranch!

When not working at his regular job, working the little one acre, he joined the volunteer fire department for 8 years, during which he would serve as their fire chief for 4 of those.still not done, he went on to become an Emergency Medical Technician, both I and II, which enabled to do what he did best.help people. as he would say, "make the feel bads go away".

His most favorite movie was "The Glenn Miller Story," always bringing a tear or two every time. Watch it sometime, just for him.

Bill touched so many lives with his warmth, generosity and sense of humor and maintained his trademark sense of humor all the way....

Diana will miss is strumming on the guitar."Eyes of blue" and singing out loud, anywhere, " Have I told you
lately that I love you.."

He truly loved his family, with all his heart, more than anyone will ever know.

Bill asked that there be no services; however, he deserved so much more. Bill will have a military ceremony
at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, California, date pending.