William M. Barth, 66, died at his Payson home Jan. 21, 2008 after a short struggle with Lou Gehrig's disease. He was born Aug. 6, 1941 to Judge William and Elizabeth Barth in Chicago, Ill.
He was born and raised in the downtown Chicago area and is a finance graduate of Notre Dame University and a law graduate of Loyola Law School in Chicago. He was 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 1960s.
Mr. Barth 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.
He leaves behind his beloved Joan McManus; his children, Brian and Eric Barth, Dana Black and son-in-law Mark Black; the mother of his children, Margaret Barth; and his sister, Betty Barth Jennett and brother-in-law Ned Jennett.
If he could give one piece of 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 Road, Payson, AZ 85541 or Payson Humane Society, P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547.