Born in Galt, CA on 9-10-1924, William Fred Fawcett passed away at his home in West Sacramento on May 16, 2021. “Grampa” Bill was a uniquely talented and prolific artist, working with oils, metal, wood, and repurposed materials well into his nineties. He delighted in sharing his works with friends and family. He was a very knowledgeable man with a sharp memory, able to retrieve information on a myriad of subjects better than most everyone in the room. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, camping, nature, family, and his beloved pets.
Bill joined the US Army during WW2, serving in the 749 Military Police Bn. in San Francisco and the 13th Armored Battalion in the Philippines. After the war, he earned his pilot's license with the GI Bill and went to work for the Army Depot in Sacramento. He then worked at Aerojet General as a technician, assembling and maintaining rocket engine test equipment used in the Apollo Program and missions to the moon.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Robert H Fawcett and Dona Belle Bottimore Fawcett, brothers, 2nd Lt. Robert D Fawcett. AAF (1945) and Jack R Fawcett, Sr., USN Veteran (1992) and wives, Monetta Reid (1969) and Helen Pappas, after 40 loving and joyful years together (2009).
He is survived by son, William Kim Fawcett and several step-children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and his devoted and much appreciated caregiver, Miri Polini.
Bill leaves a legacy on how to live life fully: engaged, contentedly, with generosity, and little stress. As he got into his nineties and living alone with his doggies, we asked, “Do you ever get bored?” “No,” he said, “I'm having fun.”