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William “Bill” Vernon Platt

05/19/1937 - 05/13/2022
Service Date: 05/20/2022
Service Time: 12:00 PM
Service Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel
Visitation Date: 05/20/2022
Visitation Time: 11:00 AM
Visitation Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel
Interment: City of St. Johns

William Vernon “Bill” Platt passed away on Friday, May 13th, 2022 in Chandler, Arizona. Bill was born on May 19, 1937 in Eagar, Arizona to Vernon Henry Platt and Irene Hall. His grandparents were Ashley Moroni Hall and Laura Jane Burgess; William Lester Platt and Iris Hamblin. Bill married Patricia Lee Kelsey in 1955. They had three children, William Michael (Dora), Carla Dawn (Victor), and David (Toni).

Bill was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At an early age he became the owner of Astrographics Printing Company. Later he moved to Mission Viejo and San Clemente, California and opened a new business, PacWest Printing Machinery. He then moved to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Strawberry, AZ and finally to Payson, AZ.

Bill led a fascinating life full of adventure. He enjoyed nice cars, parachuting, flying airplanes, boating, traveling, and Mexican food. Some say he enjoyed the companionship of his many pets over most humans. He had the ability to be empathetic and sensitive to the needs of others. He loved his family, his animals, and his fellowman. He was a kind, generous, and doting father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and his son, Michael.

Survivors include his sister, Rauna Rae Benson of Maricopa, AZ, his brother, Irvin Ashley “Butch” Platt (Amy Lisa), of Paradise Valley, AZ, daughter, Carla of Silverton OR, son, David of San Tan, AZ, nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held at 12:00 pm on Friday, May 20, 2022 at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 N Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201, with a visitation beginning one hour prior to the service at 11:00 am.

Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • Grandpa, I miss you so much already! I am forever grateful I got to spend your last day with you & give you your last taste of coffee before you left our physical world. I love you so much! You have always been like a 2nd dad to me, I loved that I got to grow up living next to you most my life. You taught me so much about being a good person, loving other people, work ethic & how to stick to a routine. I will always remember you as the strong grandpa you were! Thank you for being my grandpa during your time here on earth. I love you & I hope you rest easy now surrounded by your parents & son, Michael.
    Love always,
    Dani Lynn Platt

  • Bill, I will miss hearing your Calm voice. I will miss our business and personal conversations, I will miss your Deep knowledge of so many things, especially Printing equipment…
    You were a very Kind and Honest man with the gift of good ole common sense.
    I will miss you and this world will miss you. You are very special. Rest in eternal comfort in Gods arms.
    Bill Kern

  • Bill you will be missed greatly by your loved ones
    I’m so honored to have known you as an amazing person you were
    Filled with amazing stories and adventures
    REst in peace
    Irene & Mike

  • Patricia Callahan

    Bill. You had an amazing life! What an adventure for you and now
    it is time to rest. You gave your children an exciting fun filled life and they will have stories to share with their children and grandchildren. Now you and Mike can be together! I’ll miss you. Your legacy lives on… Rest in peace my friend.

  • I can hardly believe that you are gone and I will miss you dear brother-in-law. I will no longer have anyone to drink my coffee and eat my enchiladas. While I know you are now living in glory, we still wish we had you with us and will miss your deep voice and big laugh. God bless you, dear Bill, and keep you.

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