William Edgar Mitchell of Weaverville, after a battle with cancer, went home to the Lord on Nov. 27, 2020, in Katy, Texas. The family will host a celebration of life on Dec. 28 in Katy.
Mr. Bill was born on July 17, 1947, in Redlands, Calif., and was the second of five children of Don and Mildred Mitchell. His father was in the Coast Guard and the family lived in many states during his childhood. In 1965, he graduated from Clayton Valley High School, joined the Army and was stationed with the 82nd Airborne Division in Germany. After the Army he attended Shasta College in Redding, Calif., received his associate degree in Fire Science and was a driver/engineer for the Central Valley Fire Department.
Education was important to him and he continued his education in fire training, data engineering, sales, consulting, math, oil fluids and management. In 1974, he moved to Texas and became involved with the oil fields, working many positions, doing research and discovering many oil products that are still being used today.
In 1999, he returned to Weaverville where he continued to work in the oil fields both in California and Texas. Before his death, he was a consultant for AES Drilling Fluids and worked out of their labs in Midland and Houston, Texas. While he was in Midland, he helped AES design a state-of-the art lab.
While being back in California, he continued his love for naturopathic medicine, got his Sound Health certificate, became a massage therapist and a foot reflexologist.
Mr. Bill enjoyed life, treasured his family, loved to laugh and to mentor people. He was well-known for his cooking, barbecuing and generosity. He was a proud American, could cite the U.S. Constitution and kept in touch with his elected officials. He was a computer junkie, loved to do research, enjoyed reading his blogs and was eager to share that knowledge with those that listened.
In Texas, he was known to fire up the smoker in the back of his truck and serve food to people on the rigs he visited. In California, he could be found around his swimming pool and enjoyed family and friends coming over to enjoy the pool where he was known to “fire up the grill for hot dogs” or “having ice cream in the freezer.”
He was never too old to learn something new. He was a jack of all trades and there was not much he couldn’t do — if he wanted to accomplish something — he did his research, taught himself or took a class.
Mr. Bill loved watching baseball and was a season ticket holder of the Reno Aces, in Reno, Nev., and the Rockhounds in Midland, Texas. Some of his favorite memories of the Reno Aces was hosting weekend birthday celebrations for him, his brother and his Uncle Reid, especially for his Uncle Reid’s 99th and 100th birthdays. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, too. He was a member of the Trinitarian ECV Chapter #62, Weaverville Lions Club, Cook Clubs and the American Rose Society (a hobby he enjoyed with his good friend and boss, Richard Baxter).
He adored his grandchildren: Lexi, Jake, Jack, Drew, Olivia, Charlotte, Wyatt and Baylee.
Mr. Bill is survived by his wife, Patty; children Jason Rubin (Theresa), Krista Hymas and Brandon Mitchell (Danielle); his grandchildren listed above; his brother Bob Mitchell (Trish) and sisters Beverly Wilkerson, Mindy Bentley and Louie Cross (Tom); and numerous nieces, nephews and people he adopted. His parents preceded him in death.
An outside celebration of life will be held on Dec. 28 at 914 Cross Hollow in Katy, Texas, beginning at 2 p.m. After the service, AES Fluids Drilling will provide an “oil field BBQ” in his honor. At a later date there will be a celebration of life in California.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made payable to your favorite charity or when having a drink, “pay for a pass it forward drink” in his honor to bring joy to others.