William Bristol obituary (1934 – 2021) – Grand Junction, CO

William “Bill” Bristol

November 1, 1934 – November 15, 2021

William Ernest “Bill” Bristol passed away peacefully at his home on November 15, 2021, two weeks after his 87th birthday.

Bill was the youngest of six siblings born in Roosevelt, Utah to Ernest Grant Bristol and Ardis Irene Wells Bristol on November 1, 1934. During the Depression, his family moved on horseback and wagon on Douglas Pass to Grand Valley.

Bill went to Hunter Elementary – Fruita Union High School. While in Fruita High School, he played soccer, raced on the track and was on the first wrestling team. It was also in high school that he met Marjorie Stutler. Bill and Marjorie were married on June 19, 1955. They were fortunate to be over 66 and three wonderful children, Debbie, Greg and Gary. Bill would later build a second home for his family on the site of Hunter Schoolhouse. Over the years, three homes would be built within half a mile of his childhood home.

Bill has always been a hard worker, starting with a summer job while in high school on a ranch in Burns, Colorado. After graduation, he worked for Miller Steel, driving a loaded truck on narrow roads and erecting steel buildings in eastern Utah and western Colorado. He worked as a carpenter, built houses in Grand Junction, and pumped gasoline at the Gay Johnsons gas station. One of his favorite jobs was as a dragline operator for the drainage district. He then worked as a welder / pipe fitter for American Gilsonite. When the refinery closed, he was instrumental in starting Grand Mesa Eggs and became production manager until his retirement. Wherever Bill worked, he gained the trust and respect of his colleagues.

Bill used his spare time to help build his church house, Monument View Bible, and was a trusted member of the board. He continued to farm and raise cattle. He made birdhouses, furniture for his grandchildren and everything Margie needed. He always left something for us to enjoy. Bill was a true Renaissance man from the West. Although he often worked with his hands, creating objects that were both practical and stylish, Bill also wrote clever and fun poems for special occasions. He had a gentle intelligence and a precise sense of people and situations. He watched quietly and sometimes offered his ideas, often with a smile or a nod. He liked a good joke and a good laugh. Her wit, wisdom and sense of humor have brightened our lives, and her generosity and kindness will be missed.

Bill loved the mountains and jeep trips through the San Juan and Grand Mesa with his children. His best days of fishing included a long troll for trout. He had a special connection with all kinds of animals. He also enjoyed traveling to New York, Canada, Hawaii and numerous trips to Lake Powell.

Bill was loved by his family and friends, and he leaves behind a legacy of love, fond memories and faith.

He is predeceased by his father, mother, brothers Floyd, Lee and Roscoe, and sisters, Ellen and Nelda. He is survived by his daughter, Debbie (Greg) Green; sons, Greg (Miki) and Gary (Diane Goldie); grandchildren, Ryan (Malia) Green, Jon Green, Julie (Zach) Martinez, Brittney, Brandan, Andrew, Leilani and Grace Bristol, and great grandchildren, Eva, Moriah, Deker and Kohen.

A service will be held at Monument View Bible Church on Saturday, November 20 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Monument View Bible Church: Missions Fund, Lower Valley Fire Protection District, or HopeWest.

Posted by The Daily Sentinel on November 19, 2021.

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