Bill Sanborn

March 3, 1941 – January 25, 2017

William John (Bill) Sanborn passed away at his home in Seattle, Washington, on January 25, 2017.

Bill was born March 3, 1941, in Butte, to Byron and Elizabeth Sanborn. The family lived in Dillon, where Bill attended Dillon Elementary Schools and Beaverhead County High School.

He could often be found hunting, skiing and playing drums. Bill enlisted in the US Navy where he served honorably aboard the USS Ranger, which was stationed in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Viet Nam Conflict.

Returning home from his service with the Navy, Bill met and married Donnis Hawk.
Bill continued his education earning a Bachelor’s Degree with honors in Business Administration, with a minor in Mathematics and Computer Science, from the University of Montana.

Moving to Arizona they had a son, William D (Bill). The family then moved to Boise, Idaho, and then to Seattle, Washington, to follow opportunities. The couple later divorced.

Bill developed a love for sailing, owning an Ericson 29 sailboat. He made many sailing trips in and around Puget Sound, West Coast of Vancouver Islands, and into the San Juan Islands, always fishing in hopes of catching the elusive salmon and halibut. Bill enjoyed family gatherings, sharing fine food a good bottle of wine and lively, often humorous after-dinner conversations. He was close to his son and spent a great deal of time with him doing what he loved. He continued sailing, hunting, skiing and music as long as he was able. He was an astute accountant and retired well respected.

He is greatly missed by his small, sometimes odd, but always loyal and loving family.

Bill is survived by: his son, Bill Sanborn, of Seattle, Washington; sister Marcia Sanborn Coon, of Portland, Oregon; brother-in-law Dave Coon, of Portland, Oregon; nieces Kathie and Robin Coon, of Portland, Oregon, and Sherwood, Oregon. He was preceded in death by: his parents, Byron and Elizabeth Sanborn; brother Bob and sister Jean, of Dillon; and grandparents William and Elizabeth Kliemann, of Missoula.

Graveside services to be held at the family plot in Mountain View Cemetery, Wednesday, September 13, at 11 a.m.