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William Day DeWitt


William Day DeWitt, 89, of Estes Park died February 8, 2012 with his family beside him while receiving compassionate care from the staff of Prospect Park Living Center and Estes Park Medical Center Hospice.

Bill was born to Marie and H.V. DeWitt on August 2, 1922 in Dallas, Texas. He joined an older brother, Vincent, and sister, Virginia to complete this loving family.

Bill had the honor of attending Fishburn Military School in Waynesboro, Virginia where he made many life-long friends, and attended many class reunions, including his 70th.

Bill graduated from Duke University with a B.S in Mechanical Engineering. He was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. After college he served in the South Pacific as a U.S. Navy lieutenant, junior grade, from 1944 to 1946. He helped design Landing Ship Tanks, the amphibious transport vehicles that brought many troops ashore from ships during WWII.

After his service with the Navy, Bill attended Harvard Business School and received his Master’s in Business Administration. He went on to work in the construction industry for Centex Homes and had a hand in designing Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World and pieces of Epcot Center.

Bill met his wife, Loretta Dennard DeWitt, of almost 50 years in Dallas, Texas, where they were also married. Bill and Loretta were blessed with two wonderful children, Carolyn Somerville of Richmond, Virginia and Clifton DeWitt of Estes Park.

In Estes Park, Bill was an active member of the Lions Club and attended the United Methodist Church of Estes Park. His interests included hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandkids.

Bill is survived by his brother Vincent and his wife Ann; his daughter Carolyn and her husband Michael and their two children, Grace and William; his son Clifton and his wife Adina and their two children, Matthew and Nathanial and Matthew’s wife Beth; his nephew H.V. DeWitt, III; and his niece Virginia Cartwright.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Marie and Vincent DeWitt and his sister Virginia DeWitt Cartwright.

A family graveside service will be held at Oakland Cemetery in Terrell, Texas.

Memorials may be made to the Estes Park Medical Center Foundation at P.O. Box 3650, Estes Park, CO 80517.

 

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