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WILLIAM "BILL" TRELEASE


1942 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
WILLIAM "BILL" TRELEASE After battling Alzheimer's Disease, William Carl "Bill" Trelease, 75, passed away March 19, 2018. Bill was born November 6, 1942, to Harold "Bill" Donald Trelease and Nieves Erquiaga "Snow" Trelease, in Boulder City, where he lived most of his life. He served honorably In the U.S. Navy, on the destroyer USS Nicholas, in Hawaii and Japan from 1960 to 1963. Following the Navy, Bill returned to Nevada to work in the Clark County Fire Department, where he joined his grandfather, and the first Clark County Fire Department Fire Chief, William Harold Trelease. He worked for over 30 years at various stations as a career firefighter, rising to the rank of Captain, before retiring. Bill was a proud resident of Boulder City, where he competed in the recreational sports of basketball, softball and volleyball. He was a graduate and supporter of Boulder City High School. Bill enjoyed retirement playing Frisbee in the parks with his beloved dog, Blue, skiing in Utah, golfing with friends on the Boulder City Municipal Golf Course and eating breakfast in the local restaurants, where he made many friends with servers who soon knew what he would be ordering, even when he couldn't remember what he wanted. Bill married Kathryn Antoinette Smythe in 1964 and had two boys, William Richard "Rick" and Gerald "Gerry" Vincent. Bill and Kathy later divorced, but Bill continued to be involved with his kids, supporting them in their many sports and activities. During retirement, 'Grandpa Bill" was loved by his three grandchildren, William Larsen Trelease, Morgan Trelease and Ashley Verling. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Snow; younger sister, Tina Trelease Heit; and his younger brother, "Little Bill" Trelease. He is survived by his older brother, Dick (Rosemary) Trelease of Tempe, Arizona; younger sister, Nancine Hawkins of Spokane, Washington; sons, Rick Trelease of Boulder City, and Gerry (Leslie) Trelease of Cottonwood Heights, Utah; and grandchildren, Ashley (Dean) of Reno, Larsen of Provo, Utah, and Morgan of Cedar City, Utah. There will be a short service at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Boulder City Municipal Cemetery, 501 Adams Blvd., Boulder City. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation or the Cure Alzheimer's Fund.
Published in Boulder City Review on Mar. 29, 2018
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