William Lloyd “Bill” Tamblyn died in his sleep at Spring Hill Manor on Aug. 26 with family members present.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 6, at Pine Grove Cemetery on Red Dog Road.
Mr. Tamblyn was a third generation resident of Nevada County, being born in Gold Flat on July 17, 1914, the first son after five sisters, and was followed by two brothers, all of which predeceased him. He attended local schools and attended Sacramento City College before graduating from UC Berkeley. He married Betty Ann Bettles in 1937 and raised four children in Nevada City.
With his father, Mr. Tamblyn was involved with the daily theater operation at the Old Nevada Theater, as well as serving as principal and coach at the Nevada City High School during World War II. He, along with several other locals, built and operated the Gold Bowl bowling alley in Grass Valley. He was a deputy county assessor before being elected as assessor for Nevada County in 1952.
Mr. Tamblyn was active in the volunteer fire department. He was a past master of the Masonic Order and a past exalted ruler in the BPO Elks and actively supported those organizations. He recently received a 50 year plaque from the Ben Ali Shrine.
Mr. Tamblyn left the assessor’s office in 1956 to take over the operation of the two theaters at Kings Beach and Brockway for his sister. This turned out to be more than a summer operation and by 1980 there were theaters in Incline Village, Brockway, Kings Beach, Tahoe City, Squaw Valley, and Truckee being run by the family.
Bill and Betty Tamblyn retired to Nevada City in 1983. He continued his true advocation of hunting and fishing, as well as horseshoes with his old high school friends. He suffered a heart attack on July 10, 2007, and a stroke two days later. After a short stay in the hospital he transferred to Spring Hill Manor where he became their official greeter and kept other patients and staff entertained.
He is survived by his daughters Ann Fellows and Judy Casci, sons Butch and Bob Tamblyn, eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City.
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