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William Mathew Paterson

December 4, 1946 — August 12, 2022

Opal, WY


William Mathew Paterson Jr. age 75, passed away at his home in Opal, Wyoming on Friday, August 12, 2022 with his family beside him.


William was born on December 4, 1946 in Rock Springs, Wyoming, the son of William Mathew and Elizabeth Myra (Gathercole) Paterson.  He was educated in Louisiana and graduated from high school there.  He enlisted in the Untied States Navy, and served his country from 1967-1972.  He was a Vietnam Veteran.  


William married his sweetheart, Vera LaRay Cantlin on October 19, 1968 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  


William was an avid outdoorsman, and loved to spend time in the outdoors camping, hunting, and being with his family.  He spent his working career being employed with Texas Gulf and FMC Trona Mine working as an underground mechanic.  He was a tease, always had a great sense of humor, and had a tender heart.  He did not minse words, and you knew you had a friend almost immediatley.  William loved serving his country.


William is survived by his children, a son, David Paterson, of Louisiana, daughters, Autumn Jones and Kimberly Cretsinger (Wayne), both of Opal, WY; he is survived by two sisters, Ana Collins, and LeAnn Ray (Calton) both of Oregon. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Michael (Amanda) Cretsinger, William (Leesa) Cretsinger, Thomas Jones, Joshua Paterson, and Christopher Cretsinger.  He is survived by seven great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.


William was preceded in death by his parents, his loving spouse, Vera Paterson in 2019, and a cousin, Stephan Stark, and an uncle, Jim Stark.


A gathering to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Grandpa’s garage located at 181 Fox Street in Opal. Wyoming.  Military honors will take place at the celebration.  


His wishes were to be cremated and to be interred next to his spouse.


Ball Family Chapel of Kemmerer has been entrusted to arrangements.

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