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Obituary for William Degn

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William Degn

July 10, 1941 - October 1, 2013

William Niels (Billy) Degn passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at McKay-Dee Hospital after a sudden onset of cancer.
Billy was born July 10, 1941 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Victor and Alma Degn. He spent most of his childhood in Ogden, graduating from Weber High School. Following graduation, Billy set off on the first of many adventures in his life, joining the Air Force and serving four years in Amarillo, Texas. He then worked for Skaggs in Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
In 1977, Billy returned home to Utah, heading toward life’s next adventures, beginning as a member of the ski patrol at Snow Basin. He then worked as State Fire Warden and eventually getting a job as a firefighter for Weber County working in Eden, a place he called home for many years until he medically retired due to injury. Each of these opportunities came with lifelong friendships that Billy cherished.
Adventure in Hawaii was waiting, and Billy lived on the Big Island for four years following a final retirement from retail management and real estate. Bill was always at home on the beach with a cold drink and a Jimmy Buffett song playing on the breeze.
Billy married Carla Jean Roberts in 1982, his beautiful wife and partner through each of life’s adventures. They had one daughter together, Jessica, who is the light of their lives.
Billy is survived by his wife, Carla, daughter Jessica (Cody Alverson), sons Christopher (Kristi) and Tony, four grandchildren, Christian, Victor, Matthew and Kadee, and brother, David Degn. He was preceded in death by his parents Victor and Alma, parents-in-law Alton and Enna Roberts, and sister, Susan Degn McPeck. Billy’s life included many friends and relatives who had a remarkable influence on his life, some since his days at Weber High School. These friendships will always be special for Billy and Carla.
A celebration of Billy’s life will take place at El Monte Golf Course Clubhouse from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 4, 2013. Bring a potluck dish, a cold one and memories of Billy to be shared.
Cremation under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary.


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Date: Friday, October 4, 2013

Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

El Monte Golf Course


1300 Valley Drive, , Ogden, UT, 84401

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Born: July 10, 1941
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Kai Andersen posted on 11/1/13

Carla Sorry to hear of Bills passing. Carolyn called me this morning and told me of his quite sudden passing. I hope that his passing was not too painful. I know that cancer can be quite painful thing to go through. Hope that you are doing well and that your family are supporting you now that you are alone. Treasure your friendship. Kai and Ilene Andersen


Grady Sullivan posted on 10/6/13

To Carla and Family, I was saddened to hear of Bill's passing. Sorry that I was unable to be there with you for the homegoing service. He was a wonderful person, one whose friendship I will forever treasure. Best friend forever,


Chris Jensen posted on 10/5/13

I am so saddened to hear of Billy's passing. He was a great man, good friend, and had a caring heart. My heart goes out to Carla, Jess and Cody. We'll ski you in heaven Billy.


John & Barbara Yates posted on 10/4/13

I'm still in shock from reading of Bill's passing. Carla, I only met you the one time here in Okla. but I could tell that ole Billy had found a keeper. I am so happy that he got to write everything off of his "Bucket List" with you by his side.( although probably not to willing at times) I guess he finally forgave me for talking him into joining the AF at least he said he did. We shared a lot of "Life's Adventures together and I will miss not having the opportunity to re-hash old memories. All our love and prayers will be with you in the days ahead. God Bless.


CH (CPT) Rich Hartenberg posted on 10/3/13

Our hearts and prayers go out to the entire Degn family. As I work closely with Billy's son Chris, I understand a bit of the grief as I feel it in our conversations. It is my prayer as a fellow Chaplain that the peace of God, which surpasses all human understanding will be a first hand experience for each of the family members. Know that you are loved by many.


Daniel E McPeck posted on 10/3/13

To Carla and all Bill's Family, We are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Sorry we can't be there for his celebration of his life. God be with you in the days to go and be the rock you lean on. Much Love, Dan and Neva


Ron Carroll posted on 10/3/13

I was shocked to hear about the sudden death of Bill. As school mates at Weber High we had many good times together. I was looking forward to next years reunion and seeing him again. I leave my prayers and thought for his family. He will be missed my many friends.


Jon moore posted on 10/3/13

Carla, I pass to you and your family my most sincere condolences. I will miss Billy's daily Face Book posts and our occasional meetings.


Gene Christiansen posted on 10/3/13

Carla, So sorry to hear about the passing of your husband. I never met him, but from the stories I heard from you, he was a wonderful man. It is not easy when someone passes. Stay close to your family and friends. My deepest sympathy. Gene Christiansen


Alaine Sweet posted on 10/3/13

Carla, I'm so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. In reading his obituary, it appears he was vibrant and full of life and lots of people who loved him, just like you. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Alaine Sweet


Marisa and Casey Stringham posted on 10/3/13

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Carla, Chris, Tony, and Jessica over the loss of their husband and father. We love you and are here for you.