William L. Moats

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William "Bill" Moats of Milton-Freewater, passed away the evening of Feb. 12, 2012, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla at the age of 69, surrounded by family and friends. A celebration of Bill's life will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012, from 2-5 p.m. at the Laht Neppur Ale House, 53 S. Spokane St. in Walla Walla.

The oldest of six children, Bill was born Sept. 23, 1942, to William and Loraine (Hansen) Moats in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from Hillsdale High School in San Mateo, Calif., in 1960. While in high school he dated his future wife, Linda. He attended Oregon State University and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1965 with a B.S. degree in chemistry. On July 3, 1965, he married Linda Mason in San Mateo.

Bill and Linda moved to Bozeman, Mont., where he attended graduate school at Montana State University. He then accepted a job in Towanda, Pa., where he worked as a chemist for Sylvania. In 1968 their daughter, Carin Loraine, was born. In 1970 the family moved to Hawaii, where Bill attended graduate school at the University of Hawaii. From Hawaii, Bill's family moved to Idaho City, Idaho, where he worked for the U.S. Forest Service. In 1988 Bill was transferred to the U.S. Forest Service Regional Office in Juneau, Alaska.

Bill retired from the Forest Service in 1997. He and Linda moved to Milton-Freewater, where Bill felt he found his true vocation in retirement. He indulged in his favorite hobbies: growing good food and making good wine. Bill was a great cook and enjoyed cooking gourmet meals for family and friends. He loved the outdoors and was an avid walker and hiker.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Linda at home; daughter, Carin (Jamison) and grandchildren Connor, Hannah and Emma Chochrek all of Boise; his mother, Loraine Moats of Woodinville, Wash.; brothers, David Moats of Salisbury, Vt., and Craig (Terry) Moats of Honolulu, Hawaii; sisters, Dana (Tom) Ryan of Kirkland, Wash., and Barbara (Craig) Unverferth of Placerville, Calif.; his mother-in-law, Marguerite Mason of College Place; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, William LeRoy Moats Sr.; and brother, Brian Moats of Eugene.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com.

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