Bill was born William George Burns on April 8, 1933 in Mt. Pleasant, UT to Vyvian Burns and Virginia Nelson.
At the age of three, he and two of his siblings were taken to an orphanage in Salt Lake City. Bill and his brother Jack were in and out of many different foster homes.
At the age of nine, he went to live with Leland and Alice Redd of Blanding, UT. At that time, his name was changed to William Burns Redd. His adoption was finalized when he was 12.
Bill passed away on January 18, 2016 in Monticello, UT from pneumonia. He is survived by his wife Virginia Shumway Redd of Blanding; children: Kenny (Amy) of Kanab, UT; Daunne Harris of La Sal, Ardeanne Black of Palisade, CO; Margo (Ed) Morrison of Magna, UT; Ty (Teresa) of Cedar City, UT and Joel (Jennifer) of Blanding, UT; 26 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren; sisters Elizabeth Coleman and Shirley Kovax and two half sisters, Grace Jensen and Ginger Fox.
He is preceded in death by his parents Leland and Alice Redd, brothers Wayne, Mark, and Jack Redd and Richard Burns.
Also there to greet him on the other side of the veil were his son-in-law Kent Black, grandsons William Kolin Redd and Westly Trenton Hester, granddaughter Jonnie Bryn Redd and great-grandson Anthony Hanuschik.
Bill attended Draper Elementary and Blanding Elementary schools. He graduated from San Juan High School in 1951.
After high school, he enlisted in the Air Force, serving as a Radar Technician from 1952 to 1956.
Bill graduated from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, earning his Bachelor of Science in Business in 1965.
Bill relentlessly chased and finally caught Virginia Shumway, marrying her September 2, 1952 in the Salt Lake Temple of the Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
They were sealed by Spencer W. Kimball. He was also sealed to Leland and Alice that same day.
Bill was self-employed in uranium and vanadium mining, and part owner and manager of the Blanding Mercantile. He taught algebra and general math at the College of Eastern Utah – San Juan Campus.
He held numerous political positions including Blanding City Councilman, Mayor of Blanding, and San Juan County Commissioner. He sat on numerous committees and boards, most having to do with Land Management and Constitutional Defense.
He served on various boards, including the Southeastern Utah Health District, Utah State University, planning committee and Board of Indian Affairs.
Bill received many awards and recognitions, including Commissioner of the Year, Businessman of the Year and an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy, to name a few.
Bill was a self-made man and a scholar in his own right. He had a laugh like no other. He loved helping others, whether it was with his time, his wisdom, his home or his money.
Everyone’s opinion counted and he took the time to spend with everyone he met. He had a gift of making each person feel special.
Card of thanks
The Bill Redd family would like to thank all of those who have come to visit the past few years, those who brought food, flowers and cards. And especially Dr. Jeppson, Julie Bradford and the staff at the San Juan Hospital and clinic for their exceptional care.