Green River Star -

William "Bill" Lewis Valdez


April 12, 2017

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William "Bill" Lewis Valdez

William "Bill" Lewis Valdez, 70, of Rock Springs, passed away Jan. 30, 2017, at his home. A resident of Rock Springs since 1972 and a former resident of East Carbon and Salt Lake City, Valdez died following a lengthy illness.

He was born July 23, 1946, in Durango, Colo., the son of Jose Antonio and Juanita Candelaria.

Valdez attended schools in Utah.

He married Doreen Heusler in Rock Springs, in 1991.

Valdez was the owner and operator of Performance Auto for many years. He was also in the entertainment business for the past 55 years. He was semi-retired for the past few years.

He was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Community.

Valdez was a member of the Music Union, Good Guys Car Club, the Sweetwater County Fair Board and Rock Springs Recreation Board.

His interests were spending time with family, building custom cars, entertaining and coaching girls softball.

As a talented musician he along with his wife were known for providing their time and helping with many benefits in the community and also with many fundraisers. Playing for the city of Rock Springs, beginning and continuing The 9-11 Ceremony, The Fourth of July at Wataha Complex and for Relay for Life in Rock Springs and Pinedale and The Elks Winter Fiesta for high school seniors for all the years it took place.

Survivors include his wife Doreen Valdez of Rock Springs; three sons, Kelly Valdez and wife Tracy of Salt Lake City, Kris Valdez of Rock Springs, and Kurt Heusler and wife Sasha of Las Vegas; two daughters, Lisa Berriochoa and husband Mark of Salt Lake City, Natalie Nations and husband Eric of Ranchester; one brother, Arthur Valdez of Salt Lake City; one sister, Fran "Gloria" Stanek and husband Bernie of Gilbert, Ariz .; 11 grandchildren Anissa Berriochoa, Bailee Berriochoa, Eric Valdez, Audrey Valdez, Addison Nations, Guilliana Nations, Charllse "Chrarlie" Nations, Ryan Heusler, Keaton Heusler, Adam Heusler and Felicia Perry; two great-grandsons; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Tony Valdez, Fred Valdez, Rey Valdez and Mike Valdez; five sisters, Alice Gallegos, Ruth Aragon, Gloria Valdez, Cora Valdez, Ernestine Valdez.

Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m., April 17 at the Sweetwater County Events Complex.

The family of William "Bill" Lewis Valdez respectfully requests donations be made in his memory to Hospice of Sweetwater County, The Red Desert Humane Society or the charity of your choice

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