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.