William H. Partin

William H. Partin. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – William (Bill) H. Partin, age 79, passed away peacefully in his sleep, on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, at his home in Fort Bragg, California.

He was born May 30, 1941, in San Francisco, to Willie Haskell and Mary Evelyn (Vanderford) Partin.

He was raised in Clearlake and graduated from Lower Lake High School, class of 1959, where he played sports and football for Coach Delgado.

He married his first wife Judy Akridge-Bond in 1960. They were married for seven years and had a son together. He worked many years as a grocer, starting at Economy Food Mart in Clearlake Highlands, then moving on to Safeway as part of the Retail Clerks Union.

In 1969 he married his second wife Mary Langlais–Munion and raised her three sons as his own. He was their soccer coach, mentor and their dad.

He was instrumental in forming the Santa Rosa Soccer League. He coached basketball, baseball and soccer.

He and Mary were married for 13 years.

On Nov 20, 1976, he found sobriety, which he retained for 44 years. He was a mentor in A.A. and helped many people throughout his life.

In 1981 he and Brenda June Thornton welcomed their daughter Crystal Partin-Reyes. He took on the responsibility of raising her by himself.

Bill worked many years doing underground tunnel construction in San Francisco and other various locations.

At age 50 he went back to school and graduated from Heald College in Santa Rosa, earning a degree in accounting. Raising his daughter while working full-time and going to school, he came to be a superhero in her eyes. He will be deeply missed.

Bill truly loved his five kids, his dogs and his grandchildren. He spent most of his time with the A.A. fellowship, reading from the Big Book and sponsoring many people along the way.

He moved from Petaluma to Lake County in 2005 and lived there for the later part of his years. He spent the last year of his life with his daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren in Fort Bragg.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Wilma Belle Partin-Hegwood.

He is survived by his sister, Jo Ann Larson, and brother-in-law Arnold of Ukiah; his daughter, Crystal Reyes and son-in-law Zeke of Fort Bragg; his son, Bill Partin Bond of Clearlake; his three sons, Don, David and Dwayne Shaffer of Santa Rosa; two grandsons; a granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held for family only. A future date for a memorial will be determined as COVID-19 allows.