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William Hatch Whetten

03/27/1945 - 01/12/2016
Service Date: 01/19/2016
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sunny Mesa Ward, 4640 E. Holmes Avenue, Mesa, Arizona

William Hatch Whetten, 70 of Mesa, passed away peacefully in his home on January 12th, 2016. He is survived by his wife Carolyn of 45 years, his children Stacy Johnson (Ben), Allison Jensen (Joe), Melissa Meyers (Todd), Don Carlos (Deanna), Candice Angle (Matt), Brittany Garrett (Brady), 27 grandchildren, siblings Kathleen, Arlene, Alden and Tom. He is preceded in death by his son Jason and brother Lloyd.

Born March 27, 1945 in Mesa, Arizona, Bill called the Superstition wilderness his backyard. He attended Mesa High School and enjoyed participating in many sports and music activities before graduating in 1963. He attended BYU for one year before serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Chile Santiago Mission. He returned to BYU and graduated with a degree in accounting. He met Carolyn Simmons while going to school and they were married July 11, 1970 in the Mesa LDS temple. After working as an accountant briefly in California, they moved back to Mesa where he began working in Real Estate and with his family’s businesses. He worked in Real Estate for over 40 years as an agent, owner, broker, and educator. He enjoyed working in the temple for nearly 20 years and even with his failing health wanted to attend often.

Bill will be best remembered for his integrity, love of family, repetitive story-telling, historical trivia, classical music, Mt. Dew, peanut M&M’s. His children and grandchildren sincerely believe his story of being friends with Superman. His children are at a loss as to whom to tease now that he is gone…probably Donny.

There will be a viewing on Monday the 18th from 6-8pm at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way in Mesa. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 19th at 10am at the LDS church building, 4640 E. Holmes Ave in Mesa with a viewing at 9am.


  • With deepest sympathy during your sorrow. Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even tho he dies, will come to life”. John 11:25

  • Love my Broker Billy! He is one of the best men I’ve known in my life. I will remember him smiling, laughing and always dedicated to family. Rest in peace my friend.

  • I’m so very sorry for your family’s loss. Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Mel & Gretchen Price

    We send our dearest sympathies and condolences; you have been in our hearts and prayers. Our love to you, Mel and Gretchen

  • Our hearts go out to you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Though we would love to be with you, we won’t be able to attend the funeral. We are so grateful for the time we spent in your home, Carolyn, with you and Bill and the enjoyable visit we had. May you be blessed with the memories you have of your dear companion, and may you feel the peaceful spirit of the Comforter.
    We love you,

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you be blessed with peace and comfort. Though we would love to be with you, we won’t be able to attend the funeral. We send our love.

  • Jim and Wendy Hargrave

    Stacy and family we want to extend our condolences to you during this difficult time. We hope that your faith and knowledge of God’s plan will in time bring comfort to you.

  • Linda Sims, Coldwell Banker Trails and Paths

    I was saddened to learn of Bill’s death. I had the privilege to work with Bill for many years. I started my career in real estate in 1974. I always admired Bill for his honesty and integrity. I felt he was a man of faith. We will miss him. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family.

  • A good Friend, Mentor, Man of God always positive, kind and gracious

  • The Williams Family

    We are very sorry for your loss and our condolences to all. The pain of death can be overwhelming no matter what the age. The Bible provides comfort during difficult times. We are promised at 1 Corinthians 15:26 that very soon “death will be brought to nothing.” Then we have the prospect of being reunited with our loved ones right here on earth. – Psalm 37:10, 11. We hope this brings you comfort and hope.

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