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William Victor Kidson

William Victor Kidson

January 11, 1929 - April 11, 2010

William Victor Kidson, 81, passed April 11, 2010, after a long battle with emphysema, and more recently, lung cancer.

Bill was born and raised in Los Angeles, Calif. He was in the Boy Scouts of America in his early years, joined the US Navy at age 16, and served onboard the U.S.S Tarawa CV 40 Aircraft Carrier between 1945 and 1950.

He worked in assembly for General Motors in Los Angeles before moving the family to Oregon in 1951, where he worked in a saw mill. Some time after moving to Phoenix, Ore., in 1956, he & Pat opened the Farmers Market in Phoenix for a short time. He was a long-haul truck driver, then a diesel mechanic for Dave Bechtel Trucking for many years. Later he worked for Mack Truck, and lastly Southern Pacific before retiring.

Bill was also a member of the Phoenix Harley Davidson Club, Lions Club, and Phoenix Volunteer Fire Dept., in his younger years.

He loved bowling, deep sea fishing, and water skiing with the family for many years. At home, he enjoyed CB, Sideband, and Ham radio as well as the New York Times cross-word puzzles. Once he had his first PC, he enjoyed emails, and the internet which became his new hobbies. Part of his daily routine was to have early-morning coffee at Petro's Iron Skillet, and mall-, walking where he could visit with his friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Patricia in July 2006. He will be greatly missed and is survived by three daughters, Donna Serrano, Kent, Wash., Debby Fort, Smithers, BC, and Judy Kidson, Phoenix, Ore; two sisters, Audree Kibin, Sequim, Wash., and Marge Stalo, Mission Hills, Calif.; 6 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.

Honoring his wishes, no memorial service is planned. Comments and memories are welcome on Bill Kidson's Facebook page.

The family would like to thank Asante Hospice for all of their help during this difficult period. Thanks to Lorraine Ferrell and Carl Anderson for their years of fellowship.

William Victor Kidson