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William C. Heatley

Feb 18, 2013 - Staff

William C. Heatley died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at his home in Riverton. He was 70.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. View-ing is from noon to 2 p.m. Wed-nesday, Feb. 20, at the funeral home. Burial follows at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton.

William Colin Heatley was born Aug. 24, 1942, in New Iberia, La., the son of William L. Heatley and Florine (Huff) Heatley.

He graduated from Natrona County High School in Casper in 1960. After high school, he worked at several jobs in the oil field and in construction and graduated from Casper College in 1965. He attended the University of Wyoming and graduated in 1967 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering.

On June 5, 1964, he married Elizabeth J. "Betsy" Willison in Jackson, a marriage that lasted 44 years until his beloved wife died in 2009.

Mr. Heatley lived in Riverton for 41 years. He lived in 23 different homes with his family before he reached age 15 because his father worked in the oil fields of South Louisiana and the Rocky Mountains. He had also lived in the Colorado cities of Denver, Morrison, Westminster and Lead-ville since 1967.

After college, he worked as a gas engineer for Public Service Company of Colorado in Denver and Leadville, Colo. Upon returning to Wyoming, he settled in Riverton in 1972, where he worked for Northern Utilities as a district engineer.

In 1976, he went into the surveying field, starting as a rodman for Inberg Surveying Company. In 1981, while employed as a mining engineer for Federal-American Partners, he obtained his license as a professional land surveyor in Wyoming and also in Nevada. At the shutdown of FAP mining operations in the Gas Hills, Mr. Heatley founded Apex Surveying in Riverton. In 1986, he sold his share of Apex Surveying and went to work as a field adjudication inspector for the State of Wyoming.

In 1974, Mr. Heatley joined the Riverton Volunteer Fire Department. Over the next 20 years, he served in several offices in the department, including assistant fire chief. Several years after his retirement as an active fireman in 1995, he was elected a commissioner of the Riverton Fire Protection District, serving for 13 years.

In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting, competitive shooting, rock climbing and mountaineering. In his retirement years, his family said he enjoyed his dogs, reading history and studying computer science. His family said he was a strong believer of family, friends and fidelity.

Bill Heatley is survived by his son, Robert David Heatley and wife Donna Heatley of Riverton; daughter Rebecca Jo Murray of Riverton; six grandchildren in Riverton and Ten Sleep; and sister Alita Ann (Heatley) Thorpe of Norwich, England.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth J. "Betsy" Heatley; infant son William Albert Heatley; father William L. Heatley; mother Florine (Huff) Heatley; grandparents William David Heatley and wife Susan Anne (Colvin) Heatley, and Robert Young Huff and wife Melanie Mae (Sureau) Huff.

Memorials may be made to Paws for Life, in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501 (www.thedavisfuneralhome.com).

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