On July 1st, our beloved Dad, William Henderson Minter, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family members. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, grand uncle and much more to everyone who knew him. Dad was born in Brooklyn NY on 7/22/1930. His father, William Henderson Minter Sr, was a colonel in the US Army so he moved frequently as a child. He had brothers born in Colorado, Panama, and in California. He told us stories about living on army bases and a military wagon trip in the mid- 1930s. He himself was in the army, and was stationed at Camp Cooke, now Vandenburg Air Force Base in 1950, preparing to ship out to Korea. The Santa Barbara Arthur Murray Dance Studio came to the base to teach the soldiers how to dance. There he met Joann Miller and it began a life long love story. Once William was back from Korea, they married in November 1952. They were married for 65 years that only ended when his bride, as he called her until the end, preceded him to heaven in 2018. William and JoAnn raised six children, William III, David, Jerry, Bruce, Richard, and his baby girl Joanie. Dad was a great role model. He could be very strict, but there was never a time that we didn’t feel his love. He wanted the best for us, but always encouraged us to earn it ourselves. He found numerous ways to support us, whether it was sports, school, family or anything. Dad believed that we should love everyone and he showed that through the life he lived. He would say to us if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything and do the right thing. He was friendly to everyone. We would joke that he could talk to anyone, anywhere, and about anything. And family was all important. He didn’t mind that we as his sons would squabble amongst ourselves, but always preached that our family was a unit and we protected and loved each other. He was a very positive man and radiated confidence that everything would turn out fine. Mainly because we always had our family but also because he could find that silver lining in the darkest storm cloud. He trusted us so that we would trust others. Dad was very proud of his military service and his son, son in law, and grandsons who served as well. He loved to display our flag and show his love of his country. After his army service, he worked for the California Department of Transportation for almost 40 years. He was an engineer and was involved in many freeway projects, both new and earthquake damaged. He did a lot of Public Relations work, explaining how Cal-Trans built and operated the massive freeway systems to countless visitors from other states and countries. Dad took great personal pride in always being sharply dressed for any occasion. He was rarely seen without a tie, even when he visited us while we were camping. And he was so proud of his Korean Army Veteran hats. One was a baseball cap but his favorite was a cowboy hat. It invited conversation and, with a twinkle in his eye, he was happy to oblige. Dad had numerous health scares over the past few years and we were amazed at his spirit and how he seemed to always bounce back. As much as he loved his family and everyone around him, he still missed his “bride” and longed to joined her when the time came. On July 1st, that time did come, and although we miss him terribly, he is finally together with his love, Joann, in heaven. God Bless You, Dad! We love you!
Family and friends are invited to join us in celebrating Williams's life at a graveside service, Wednesday July 8, 2020 at 11:00 am in the Lindon City Cemetery. William will be honored will military rites conducted by the Utah National Guard. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.
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