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On May 4, 2007, Bill Bailey ascended into Heaven with a rush of hummingbirds, passing away peacefully in his home. He was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, grandfather, great Grandfather and friend.

He was born April 17, 1923 in Park City, Utah to William P. and Etwynde Henrikson Bailey. He lived there all his life until graduating from Park City High School in 1941. As a child, he taught himself to ski in the Park City mountains he loved. He was the first kid from the Park City Ski Team to jump the 90-meter at Ecker Hill. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1941 and served 36 months in the 8th Air Force Theater of Operation (ETO). He was employed at Hill Air Force Base as a tool and dye maker, retiring in the 1970s.

On July 28, 1948, he married the one and only love of his life, Shirley Dean Robison. They lived in the Kaysville-Layton area until moving to Ivins, Utah in 1985. Bill passed on his love of skiing to all of his children and nieces and nephews. There are many avid skiers in the family. He also loved to fish in his little fishing boat and knew the back roads to every lake in northern and southern Utah.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; four children: Pam (Ken) Karakas, Santa Clara, Utah; Corey (Kathleen) Bailey, Sandy; Kristine (Walt) Murzin, New Hampton, N.H.; Mark (Jennifer) Bailey, St. George; eight grandchildren: Creed and Chase Bailey, Jamie and Christian Karakas, Matthew and Zachary Bailey, Megan Bailey, Kaylene Murzin; two great-grandchildren: Casey Bailey and Carson William Bailey expected in June 2007; two sisters: Beverly (Jerry) Jackson, Janice (Richard) Berrichoa.

He is preceded in death by baby girl Kaylene May and sister Helen Thomas. We were especially blessed to have his daughter, Kristine Murzin, come out, from New Hampshire, for the last six weeks of his life to care for him personally. Her dedication and sacrifice will always be remembered and appreciated. The family would also like to thank Zions Way Hospice for the wonderful love and care they gave to Bill, especially the RN, J.R. She is an angel we will never forget; she stayed with us to the very end.

Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, May 10, 2007, at the Park City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Park City Historical Society, P.O. Box 555, Park City, Utah 84060 ( ). Reception to follow.

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