William Earl Hambright (sponsored obituary)
William Earl Hambright
November 11, 1925 – June 27, 2008
Bill passed away on June 27 in Vacaville, CA at the age of 82. He was born
in Los Angeles, CA. He enlisted in the Navy while in HS and left for service
upon graduation. He served as a Corpsman in the Pacific during WWII.
Bill met his wife Isabel in 1947, and they were married within six months.
He worked and raised a family while going to college at night, graduating in
1961 with a degree in Economics from San Fernando Valley State College.
Bill, Isabel and their three children moved to Sacramento in 1961, where he
worked for CalTrans until he retired in 1981.
His passions included sailing, photography, genealogy, music, church and the
Masons. He taught sailing classes for the US Coast Guard and helped to found
the Sierra Pines United Methodist Church in Auburn, CA. He was exceptionally
handy; he built room additions, made rocking horses for his grandchildren,
designed their retirement home, and could fix almost anything. Bill had a
quick and ceaseless wit, and was a trove of jokes and stories. His was a
child’s appetite for life, and never was this more apparent than in the joy
he gave and received as a grandfather.
In the last 2 years of his life, he attended the First Baptist Church in
Vacaville with his son and family. He was overjoyed at the births of his two
great-grandchildren and was elated each time he was with them.
Bill was predeceased by his wife Isabel. He is survived by his sister
Eleanor and brother-in-law Harvey; children Doug (Liz), Marla, and Janelle
(Jesse); grandchildren Anthony, Chris, Lisa (Dan), Veronica (Brett), Brian
and Stephanie; nieces Gail (Bob) and Nancy (Steve); and great-grandchildren
Kiefer and Rebecca.
Donations can be made to the American Legion.
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