William Armand Simmons

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William "Wild Bill" Simmons, 86, of Tonto Basin, died July 31, 2003.

His working career included time spent as a carpenter, electrician, logger, rancher, commercial fisherman and volunteer fireman.

An 18-year resident of Tonto Basin, he was born in Hanover, N.M., and grew up in southeastern Arizona before relocating to the Pacific Northwest.

Mr. Simmons served with the U.S. Navy "Seabees" during World War II in Okinawa.

After the war, he made his home in Norwalk, Calif., where he was an electrical contractor. He retired and returned to Tonto Basin in 1985, where he lived and worked daily until his death.

A beloved father and grandfather, he is survived by his daughter, Peggy Prager of Vancouver, Wash.; sisters, Maryanne Spoon of American Canyon, Calif., and Jody Walch of Eagle Point, Ore.; brother, Pat Simmons of Surprise, Ariz.; grandchildren, Becky Brewer, Kevin Hasely and Rachel Beck; and great-grandchildren, Savannah Brewer and Brandon Brewer.

He was preceded in death in 1982 by his son Terry.

Services were held Aug. 5 at Tonto Basin Community Bible Church.

Donations can be made to Tonto Basin Fire District.

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