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Obituary: William Joseph Viavant

1/2/22 ~ 3/11/03

William Joseph Viavant (Wild Bill) born 2 Jan 1922 in San Antonio, Texas of New Orleans French heritage. Born a Texan, a condition for which no cure has been found, Billie is a graduate of the Univ. of Texas Austin. A pioneer computer scientist, he held posts with the Universities of Oklahoma, Cambridge and Copenhagen prior to joining the University of Utah in 1963. Bill married June Olivia Ure in 1949. They had four sons and traveled with their kids all over the world. They were divorced in 1974.

Bill's family includes his sons, Peter, Steven, Chris, Tim, brother Tomas D'Aquin Viavant, sister Gladys Viavant Strong, nine grandsons, two granddaughters with a third to arrive in April.

Wild Bill moved to Castle Valley and created "Bill's House" where he reigned for many years. The place was so well known that a post card addressed: "Bill's House, about 25 miles east of Moab Utah" actually delivered by the US Postal Service. Bill tasted the best beer (and the worst) in more than 60 countries on six continents. (Why bother visiting Antarctica until they start brewing beer there?) Bill will be missed by family and many, many friends.

A service will be held April 5th, location to be announced. A Memorial Minute will be read at the Salt Lake Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) during Meeting for Worship on first day, 6 April at 10:00 a.m. at 850 East South Temple. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to "Castle Rock Coalition - Utah Open Lands", 2188 S. Highland Dr. #203, Salt Lake City, UT 84106. A Wake celebrating Bill's life will commence at sunset on Summer Solstice Eve at Bill's House (20-21 June). As always, clothing optional.