William Dillon, PM — Passed to the Celestial Grand Lodge on March 3, 2012

Brethren,
Worshipful Brother William Dillon, PM of Sun Lakes AZ passed away on March 3, 2012. He was born November 25th, 1928 in Boise, ID to Beulah Thompson and Raymond Dillon. His early years were spent in Beloit and Downs, Kansas. In 1942, his family moved to Phoenix. He graduated from Phoenix Union High School, served in the U.S. Air and graduated from Arizona State University. Bill was married to the love of his life Millicent “Milly” Ellis for 56 years. He was Sheriff of the Phoenix Corral of the Westerners, a Past Master of Phoenicia Lodge No. 58 F&AM, A Shriner and a member of the Elks Club. He worked for 40 years at AiResearch (Honeywell). As a life-long hiker, many will remember him running the path up Squaw Peak for the better part of 30 years. He had a passion for the Grand Canyon, traversing the river on week-long rafting trips, completing several rim to rims and helping establish new trails. He was the hiking director for the Arizona Youth Hosteller and was a sought-after hiking guide throughout Arizona. Bill was also an avid runner, completing the inaugural Fiesta Bowl Marathon and several others. Bill is survived by his wife Milly, his three children; daughter Pamela Freeman of Queen Creek and grandsons Dillon Freeman(USAF Academy) and Dustin Freeman of Queen Creek; son James and his wife Kimberly Dillon and granddaughters Chelsea (Dillon) Myers, Keegan Dillon, Bethany Dillon of Prescott; and daughter Melissa and her husband Eric Boldt and granddaughter Tatum Boldt of Tucson. A private family service is planned at the Valley of the Sun Cemetery in Chandler, Arizona.

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