William M. Barth


William M. Barth, 66, died in Payson, Ariz. Jan. 21, 2008 after a short struggle with Lou Gehrig's disease. He was born to Judge William and Elizabeth Barth in Chicago, Ill. on Aug. 6, 1941.

He was born and raised in the downtown Chicago area and was a finance graduate of Notre Dame University and a law graduate of Loyola Law School in Chicago. He is admitted to the bars of Illinois, Indiana and several federal jurisdictions. He served as a captain in the United States Army primarily in Iran during the mid 1960's. He practiced law for a number of years after he left the Army in both private practice and corporate law departments. Thereafter, he served in many different operating and staff capacities for several mid-sized public and private food companies in the United States. He served as president of The Wornick Company, Right Away Division in McAllen, Texas from 1979-2000.

He left The Wornick Company in 2000 and moved to Arizona to be closer to his franchise auto lubrication centers, which are located in five North Central Arizona cities.

Mr. Barth leaves behind his beloved Joan McManus and his children Brian and Eric Barth of Austin, Texas, Dana Black and son-in-law Mark Black of Portland, Ore. and his sister Betty Barth Jennett and brother-in-law Ned Jennett of Sun City, Ariz.

His larger than life presence and colorful gift of conversation ensured that he never knew a stranger in his life. He enjoyed scenic Arizona and all of its critters, sailing, skiing, golfing and was an avid fan of the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bears and Notre Dame football.

If he could give one piece of priceless advice to everyone on Earth, it would most certainly be - "Don't take yourself too seriously".

Donations may be made to the following in Mr. Barth's name: ALS Association, Development Dept., 27001 Agoura Rd, Ste. 150, Calabasas Hills, Ca. 91301; RTA Hospice, 511 S. Mud Springs Rd., Payson, AZ 85541 or Payson Humane Society, PO Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Chaparral Pines Clubhouse.

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