He moved in 1928 to Texico, New Mexico. He graduated from Texico in 1945 and joined the Navy the same year. After military service, he attended the University of New Mexico. He graduated in 1950 with a degree in Biology. He worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He managed hatchery facilities and held administrative positions in Minneapolis, Minn., where he was supervisor of fish production in the north central states. In Salt Lake City, he was supervisor of fishery activities and endangered species in Utah and Colorado. He also participated in the Service’s Fish Culture School in Alabama and the Interiors Department’s Management Training in Washington, D.C. In 1971, on assignment to the United Nations, Bill did a study for a proposed fishery facility in an area of Peru that had been devastated by an earthquake. Later, he did tours of Mexico, Belize and the Amazon River. He retired from the Fish and Wildlife Service in 1982.
Bill married Edna Caldwell in 1946. They had three children: Mike White and Kerry White, both of Oregon, and a daughter, Rory White, of Mill Valley, Calif.
In retirement, he enjoyed playing golf, hunting, landscaping and spending time with his family and pets. He lived in many places and finally moved to North Bend, Ore., where Edna died. He moved to Green Valley, Ariz., and finally returned to eastern New Mexico to be close to family.
In 1995, he married Jean Ramirez in Portales. In 2009, they moved to a retirement community in Roswell. He went to heaven on Dec. 21, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Jean; and his sons: Mike and Kerry; and stepchildren, Sam, Jean, Febe, Dan and Louie.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations made to Portales UMC Missions Community, 2000 S. C St., Portales, NM 88130; and Caring Hand Fund, 2002 West Ridge Road, Carlsbad, NM 88220.
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