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William S. (Bill) Hunt

Jan 20, 2014 - Staff

William S. (Bill) Hunt died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper following a massive stroke. He was 81 years old.

A funeral mass was Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Lander.

William S. (Bill) Hunt was born Aug. 16, 1932, in New York, the son of Stewart and Katherine Hunt.

He joined the U.S. Merchant Marines after graduating from high school and sailed the North Atlantic. After he was discharged, he joined the police force, ending his 20 years of service as a captain in Suffolk County on Long Island.

He moved to Lander in 1978 after retiring from the police force.

He ran a climbing shop for a while in Lander and worked with his good friend Terry Hayes.

His family said he was an avid climber and outdoorsman and ran several times in the Boston Marathon and other races. He developed a love of climbing in the New York mountains. As his interest in climbing grew, he began to explore climbing in Wyoming, mostly near Lander and Jackson.

He climbed Mount McKinley and all of the big mountains in the Pacific Northwest and some in Canada. He had numerous assents of the Grand Teton as well as other peaks in the Tetons, Wind Rivers and other Wyoming ranges. He climbed Gannett Peak, the highest point in Wyoming, with three friends in 1990 on the 100th anniversary of Wyoming statehood.

He also avidly bagged most of the Colorado "fourteeners." In his later years, he was often accompanied by his loving wife, June, whom he met on a mountain trail in the Tetons.

He was a devout Catholic and a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

His family said he loved music and was an accomplished drummer. As a youth he played with a band that made regular appearances on local television, and he played with the Brad Iiams Band in Fremont County and with the Alumni and Friends Band in the Fourth of July parade in Lander.

He is survived by two daughters, Sharon and Christina, a son, Stewart, and numerous climbing friends who will always remember him as a steady belay.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, June.

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