William (Bill) Andrew Grimes was born August 27, 1949, in Las Angeles, California to Carl and Jean Grimes. After a hard-fought battle with cancer, he moved on to the next leg of his journey, surrounded by the love of his family in his home in St. George, Utah, on January 19, 2024, at the age of 74.
Bill grew up in Southern California where he immersed himself in activities such as surfing, scuba diving, swimming, and hanging out at the local beaches. In 1972, he relocated to Utah and joined the ski patrol at Brighton Ski Resort. There he met the love of his life Wendy, who he affectionately referred to as Rose, while she was on the Courtesy Ski Patrol. The two were married in 1975 in the Silver Fork Meadow in Big Cottonwood Canyon. They had two children, Brandon and Brittany, and provided a loving home to countless animals over the years.
Dedicating the majority of his career to the plumbing profession, Bill showcased both skill and integrity, forming lasting friendships along the way. While he worked hard, he played harder. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and family, golfing, fishing, hiking, and anything else that allowed him to spend his time outdoors. Bill possessed extensive knowledge of Utah and its surrounding states, often assisting others in planning vacations and outdoor adventures. He embraced every opportunity to connect with the beauty of the world around him and loved sharing it with others.
More than anything, Bill loved his family. He and his beloved Rose were married for 48 years and were truly the very best of friends. There is nothing that he wouldn’t do for her. He stayed connected with his grown children daily and was the first person they would call when they had a problem, question, or needed advice. Above all, he loved and genuinely enjoyed spending time with his grandkids. After being diagnosed with cancer, whenever he was asked if he needed anything, the answer was always the same, “I want to see my grandkids.” It was a testament to the profound joy and fulfillment he found in the simple yet precious moments he spent with them.
Bill is survived by his wife Wendy, sister Judy (Matt) Vanderhorst, son Brandon, his children Brighton, Shealyn, and Addison, their mom Maxine Mehl, daughter Brittany Allen, her husband Nick, and their children Hennessy, Bailey, Gabe, and Braxton. He was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Jean, his older brother Ray, and countless pets that he considered family, including his recently departed dogs, Benny and Jax.
A celebration of life will be held in the Salt Lake area on April 13, 2024. Hopefully the weather warms up, allowing family and friends to honor Bill's memory outdoors, as he would have wished. Those interested in attending may contact Brittany Allen by clicking the email link below.
Please share your memories and stories of Bill by clicking on the Guestbook link. If you have any trouble posting, please click the email button below and Brittany will post your post for you. Thank you so much!
Celebration of Life
Life Story Info
I met Bill 60 years ago. From that time on we were best of friends. Along with friends John Larrison and Paul Hankins we navigated ourselves through the 1960s. What a great time to have been alive , and to have shared it with Bill was a blessing. Surfing , swimming, music. Not to mention all the other things the 60s are remembered for.! As the years passed we all went our own ways, but never lost the connections.
When Bill and Wendy were married, I was honored to be his best man. It was so evident that Bill had found his true love. Years later my friend Bob and I would come to Utah to ski for two weeks every year, and for a week we would invade the Grimes household. For some reason, Wendy let us stay! Those stays also gave me the chance to meet son Brandon and daughter Brittany. Years passed and those four teens from the 60s still were able to get together every so often. Those get togethers will never be the same , but memories of Bill and his smile and love of life will keep his memory alive. To Wendy, Brandon and Brittany..Becky and I share your sorrow send you love and peace....
Bill and Wendy have been good friends of ours since the Brighton Days. George lived at Brighton and skied with Billy and I met them when I married George in 1979. We had many fun times at their house in Draper with their kids and our daughter Christi. George and I moved to St George in 1998 and were happy when Bill and Wendy moved to Kanab and even happier when they moved to St George. Whenever we had a plumbing problem George would call Billy and over he would come to help us out. I'm sure my questions bugged him but he answered with a smile always.
George and Billy worked together at Entrada and then whenever they could after leaving there they would hit the greens or drive to Kolob for a day of fishing.
So many fond memories and happy times to heal our hearts going forward.
Our love and prayers go out to Wendy and family and will be at the celebration whenever it is.
George and Diane
Bill and I have been friends since high school in Costa Mesa California. Randy Bald, Paul Hankins, Bill, and I had many surfing trips up and down California and Mexico. We considered ourselves to be quite the crew. I cannot think of any experiences during that time that Bill was not a part of. We were children of the 60s. Enough said. Bill and I moved to Utah together in 1972 to ski for a winter and we never left. We worked at Solitude Ski Area and shared a room in the lodge, then shared Poky’s cabin in Brighton. When Solitude closed for a few years I moved to Huntsville and Billy stayed in Big Cottonwood Canyon with Wendy. Good choice. He was still a big part of my life. When my wife Kay and I were married, Bill was my Best Man. Even though we didn’t live close any more we visited as often as we could pull off, from Draper to Kanab, to St George, to Rossmore, and back. I can’t think of a story or memory that comes up that doesn’t bring a smile to my face, except the news that he was on hospice for cancer. He was truly a great friend, and so much fun to be around. I will miss him every day. He will always be a part of who I am. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Wendy and family during this time. We will plan to be at the celebration to share memories, tall tales, and smiles. Maybe tell some fuzzy 60’s stories. Ask about the roller coaster adventure some time. John Larrison and wife Kay
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and memories John. I think you really captured the essence of who my dad was... from the beach bum to the ski bum to the man that would do absolutely anything to get outdoors whether it be fishing, golfing, hiking, camping, or just sitting outside his home with his beloved dogs at his feet.
Somehow I never realized that you and my dad moved to Utah together. I guess I should have figured that out, but it never crossed my mind. I think it is pretty amazing that my dad had such a wonderful friend that spanned not just many decades but many moves as well. I hope I can hear many more stories of your adventures together. It helps me to be able to remember the healthy, strong, wonderful man that he was for so many years. Looking forward to hearing about the roller coaster adventure and fuzzy 60's stories.
Billy Grimes, 19 months, introduces Rusty to one of his new puppies.
Randy Bald and Bill in Surfer's Magazine. Bill is sporting one of the early edition Body Glove wetsuits, originally known as Dive N Surf Thermocline. Bill was a bit of a guinea pig for Body Glove founders, Bill and Bob Meistrell.
Bill (far right) next to John Larrison. Building a cabin in Northern Idaho around 1970, prior to their move to Utah.
Aug 30, 1975
Bill and Wendy were married in Big Cottonwood Canyon
One of my memories is with Bill’s plumbing business. Seems like most major holidays I had plumbing emergencies. Bill was always so kind to come over and take care of my broken pipes, floods and no hot water. - Lani
Aug 27, 2019
Bill's 70th Birthday
Aug 27, 2019
70th Birthday Hike with son Brandon, grandson Brighton and granddaughter Bailey.
John, Bill, Randy and Paul
Nov 27, 2021
Sep 24, 2022
Wendy's 70th Birthday Dinner
Our trips to Kolob were one of the many things we enjoyed doing together besides golfing. So glad he and Wendy moved to St George after we did so we could enjoy these moments. A good friend since the Brighton Days- I will miss you Buddy. George Fullerton
Oct 21, 2023
Wendy's 71st Birthday
Nov 25, 2023