William “Bill” Powers, 80, peacefully passed away at his home in Jackson, California, on Jan. 21, 2018.
Bill was born in Ely, Nevada, on Sept. 6, 1937, moving to Sacramento as a youngster. He was involved in Boy Scouts in Sacramento, spending time at Camp Pollock on the American River working on scout badges. At the age of 20 he began a lifelong career with the State of California at Parks and Recreation before transferring to Corrections, retiring after 48 years of service. Bill started his Corrections career at San Quentin transferring to Sierra Conservation Center, Soledad State Prison, Corrections headquarters and Mule Creek State Prison. He assisted in activating new prisons in Lancaster, Donovan (San Diego), Avenal and many others as a consultant.
Upon retirement, he worked at Castle Oaks Golf Course, indulging his lifelong passion of golf. As a teenager, Bill won acclaim and trophies for his golfing in city-wide tournaments in Sacramento.
Bill was also a lifetime, diehard L.A. Dodgers fan, often leaving Dodgers signs on the lawns of his friends who were Giants fans who lived in the neighborhood by Castle Oaks. He made friends easily, and his loyalty kept their friendships alive for well over 50 years in some cases. He reconnected with friends from childhood at a California State Retirees golf tournament.
His greatest passion, however, was his family. Bill went by many names: Bill, Billy, Dad and his favorite “Papa.” He was honestly loved by so very many people and will be greatly missed. He devoted his life to us all.
Bill is survived by his wife of 49 years, Barbara; daughters, Jennifer Powers and Tracy Hoyle; sons-in-law, Craig Hoyle and Troy Stanley; grandchildren, Megan Powers, Courtney Powers, Travis Hoyle, Scott Hoyle; his two precious great-granddaughters, Kayleigh and Aubrey; and his cousins, Ralph and Jim O’Leary.
A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. April 7, 2018, at Castle Oaks Golf Course in Ione, California. All are welcome to attend, share memories and celebrate a life well lived.