William ‘Bill’ Forrest Sandlin
William “Bill” Forrest Sandlin passed away May 13, 2013, in Ogden, Utah, where he lived contentedly for more than 30 years. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, in the Mexia Cemetery.
He was born Nov. 2, 1944, in Velasco, and spent his youth in Jones Creek. Upon graduation from Brazosport High School in Freeport, Bill soon began his service to our country as a paratrooper during the Vietnam War. He was a Specialist E-5 of the distinguished Army 101st Airborne Division. During his service, Bill was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for heroism and the first Oak Leaf Cluster.
Upon his return from military service, Bill attended the University of Houston and then enjoyed a successful career as a computer technician with the U.S. government from which he retired. Bill loved the peace and solitude of the Utah mountains, his time cross-country skiing, his extended trips back to Texas to visit family, and in recent years, the care and attention he provided to his beloved dog, Maddie. His gentle manner and his kind, peaceful disposition will be deeply missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dale Strait Sandlin and Minnie Kate Bagley Sandlin of Jones Creek.
Bill is survived by two sisters, Mary Ann Weisinger, and Mae Dale Sandlin Sigrist and husband C.J. Sigrist, of Mexia; nieces and nephews Jesse Weisinger, of Aledo, Steve Sigrist and wife Katherine, of Plano, Rebecca Sigrist, of Dallas, and Beth Sigrist Hale and husband Corey, of Fairfield. He is also survived by great-nieces and great-nephews Robert, Jack and Claire Sigrist, and Peyton, Avery and Audrey Archibald.
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