2001 — Idaho
William T. Mabbutt, 79, Pullman: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
Lewiston Morning Tribune (ID) - Friday, October 12, 2001 Deceased Name: William T. Mabbutt, 79, Pullman
William T. Mabbutt was born on March 14, 1922, in Shoshone, Idaho, to Elsie
Erickson Mabbutt and George (Ned) Mabbutt. He attended school in Shoshone
and was awarded All State Center in basketball during his senior year.
Bill attended the University of Utah one year before joining the U.S. Army
Air Forces. On his 58th mission, his B-25 was shot down over Italy. He
returned to the U.S. after spending 90 days walking out from behind enemy
After returning to Idaho, he attended the University of Idaho, where he met
his future wife, Anita Hamilton. Bill and Anita were married and settled in
southern Idaho and recently celebrated 55 years together.
His appreciation of the outdoors led to a long career with the Bureau of
Land Management, where Bill became the assistant state director, retiring
in 1980. Bill took great pleasure in making others happy and demonstrated
this by saying "Let's see a big smile." His ability as a chef led him to many
adventures, including cooking for dignitaries and movie stars as well as
groups as large as 1,200 people. Bill and Anita authored several cookbooks about
wild geese and Idaho specialties.
He was extremely proud of his sons and daughter and often took his vacation
one day at a time to attend their scholastic or sporting events.
Bill is survived by his wife; sons, Bill and Diane and Chick and Cathy, all
of Moscow; daughter, Donna and Pat Roddy of Russell, Ky.; sons, Keith and
Norma of St. Maries, Larry and Dena of Shoshone, and Joe and Deb of Boise; a
sister, Dorothy Sword of Boise; 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother, Betty Mabbutt, sister,
Vera and brother, Edward.
Bill died Monday, Oct. 8, 2001, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's
A memorial service will be held in Boise this spring. The family suggests
that any memorials be sent to Christ Episcopal Church in Shoshone, Shriners
Hospital for Crippled Children or the Alzheimer's' Association.
Rather than Bill saying goodbye, his final words would be "Remember, if you
run into anything you can't handle, give me a call."