William Crutcher


William Crutcher
1930 - 2011

William G. (Bill) Crutcher passed away on July 9, 2011, in Walla Walla. He was born in Ahsahka, Idaho, to lames and May Crutcher "in the little house up on the hill that looked over the river." He was raised in the Orofino area. Bill had one brother, Jim (deceased), and a sister, Mary Ellen Starkey of Arizona.

As a youngster, Bill loved to fish in the area where Dworshak Dam in now located. He would also hunt the area behind the dam for deer. His father always told him "you can catch a fish where there weren't any fish and find a deer where there weren't any deer."

Bill served in the Korean War, returning in1954. He had gone to a movie and stopped off for a cup of coffee at the Empire Cafe where he met "a little, bubbly redhead" named Marilyn Williams. He escorted her home
every night after that until they married in June. With this bond came three children, twins Ian (Johnson) and Jill (Murphey), and a third daughter, Judi Crutcher. Though divorced, Bill and Marilyn remained very good friends.

As a young man Bill worked at the Riverside Millin Orofino. From 1967-1971, Bill served in the Idaho State Senate from District 7. He moved his family to Boise, where he became director of the Disability Determinations Unit. Later, he spent years managing various motels in the Northwest area, ending up in Walla Walla.

Bill was involved in many civic, fraternal and governmental organizations: Jaycees, Odd Fellows, Eagles, Elks, AMVETS, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club to name a few. He was involved with the Orofino Little League as coach and umpire for 17 years - one of his favorite "jobs." Bill was involved with OCI (OrofinoCelebrations). For 40 years, he was the auctioneer at the Orofino Lumberjack Days. He loved this because he would prank many of his friends such as selling a box of cigars worth $7 for $45 or selling a hair permanent to a bald guy.

Bill is survived by his angel, Bernice Charlton (Miss Kitty) of Weston; daughters, Jan Johnson of Boise, Jill Murphey of Boise, Judi Crutcher of Boise; ex-wife and friend, Marilyn Williams of Boise; four grandchildren, Stephanie Hendrickson, Dustin Strickland and his wife Heidi, Riley Johnson all of Boise, Janelle Ritchey and her husband Dave of Scottsdale, Ariz.; great-grandchildren, Austyn Mason and Trevor Strickland.

A celebration of life will be held for Bill at a later date.

Contributions in Bill's honor can be made to a charity of your choice.

Bill is back in his "little house up on the hill that looks over the river."


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