Bill Lindsey of Bountiful, Utah passed away on October 31, 2022, at the age of 83, lovingly surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren, after a long struggle with heart issues. “He went down swinging.”
Billy Lee Lindsey was born July 1, 1939, to Hazel Marie Johnson and Clarence Eugene Lindsey in Gainesville, Texas, and grew up in Bountiful, Utah. The second of eight children, Bill was described by his parents as independent, capable, and strong-willed. Taking full advantage of all that Bountiful had to offer in the 1940’s and 50’s, he and his brothers and friends rode their horses through the orchards, built rafts and a fort, and played cowboys and Indians “with REAL bullets!” He attended Stoker Elementary, South Davis Junior High and played football at Bountiful High, winning the state championship in wrestling his senior year. Protective of his family and fiercely loyal, Bill was well-known and earned respect and a reputation.
He took the work ethic that had been cultivated during his upbringing and left home (“because of the milk cow”), heading out to New Mexico to work in the oil fields - getting his first taste of earning good money for himself. He proceeded to become a successful entrepreneur, starting multiple companies such as: Christmas tree sales, fruit stand sales, and sales of heavy construction equipment - of course, continuing to run his trucking company through it all. He finally focused his attention on his business, Equipment Sales, Inc., and became well-respected in the business world for his smart, shrewd, and savvy negotiation skills.
He married Carol James on February 18, 1961, and raised 5 children in Bountiful, Utah with her. He was a good provider for his family and gave them many memories. They cherish the time they had traveling together to many places, just a few being: Canada, Montana, New Mexico, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California…often ending up at unplanned destinations. A tradition was born when he took his family on a houseboat trip to Lake Powell. The children, grandchildren and great grandchildren enjoyed that yearly tradition for decades to follow and adored their “Captain.”
He was very generous and thrilled many with his famous fruit plates. Bill also enjoyed watching football, Sunday drives with his family, appreciating art, and supporting his children and grandchildren at their various activities. He could be a very playful dad/grandpa, wrestling his kids and grandkids off the water weenie at Lake Powell - ever the champion. He also liked playing card games with his family and expected perfection in the card etiquette of his fellow card players. Being a truck driver at heart, he had no problem getting in a vehicle and driving for hours, sometimes turning a Sunday drive into quite the excursion. A grand personality like his leaves a great “wake”- he will be missed.
Bill is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carol James Lindsey, his children, Gayle Mishler (Mark), Lisa Scovil (Russ), Conley Lindsey (Kami), daughter-in-law Amy Sorensen, Austin Lindsey (Amy) along with 22 grandchildren, and 22 great grandchildren—- also by his brothers, Stephen Lindsey, Clarence “Reno” Lindsey, and Shane Lindsey. Preceded in death by parents, sister Linda Lou Porter, brothers Michael Lindsey, Chadwick Lindsey, daughter Jana Lindsey, and son Jason Sorensen.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel, 455 South 1200 East, Bountiful, Utah. A viewing will be held Friday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Russon Mortuary, 295 North Main, Bountiful, Utah and Saturday morning from 11:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at the church prior to services. Interment- Bountiful City Cemetery.
Services will be streamed live on Bill's obituary at www.russonmortuary.com.