William Henry White, Jr.
a Tucson native, World War II Navy veteran, and retired chief project superintendent with the Arizona Department of Transportation, died Tuesday, November 19, 2013. He was 89. Born June 12, 1924, at the Stork's Nest, in 1942 Bill graduated from Tucson High School, where he managed the football team. He was an active alumnus and member of the T Club. Bill enlisted in the Navy immediately after graduating from high school. He served in the Pacific through the end of World War II and served again during the Korean War. He was a founding member of the Naval Reserves in Tucson and attended and helped organize numerous U.S.S. Otis and U.S.S. Epping Forest ship reunions. He married Kathryn "Puddin" White in 1945. The couple had three children, Kathy Cross (Jay), Bill (Jodie) and Mary Mercer. Bill helped build the family home in Tucson in 1951, and lived in the house until two years ago. Puddin died in 1998. He married Carol Brown in 2000. Bill was with the state Department of Transportation for 37 years, retiring as chief project superintendent in charge of highway maintenance for southern Arizona. He built and supervised construction of many of the highways and bridges in the southern part of the state, and saw the beginning of the Interstate system. Bill became a Boy Scout at age 12, which started a lifelong interest in Scouting. He was a Catalina Council Scoutmaster starting in the 1950's. Scouting remained a passion for him, and he served in leadership roles with the council, received numerous awards, and helped start the Boy Scout Museum in Tucson in the 80's. Following his retirement, Bill helped build many houses as a volunteer and board member with Habitat for Humanity. Bill was a member of the Tucson Corral of Westerners for 40 years, serving as Sheriff in 1993 and on the editorial board. He was an active member of St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, where Bill served as elder and supervised buildings and grounds for years. Bill loved to travel and explore the U.S., especially Alaska and the Southwest, as well as Canada. In addition to his three children, Bill is survived by his wife, Carol; grandchildren, Monica, Sara, Zech and Jon; two great-grandchildren and extended family. Bill's family is grateful for the wonderful care he received at Starfish Care Home, and from Casa de la Luz Hospice. A Celebration of Bill's life will be held Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 3809 E. Third Street, Tucson. A reception will follow at the church. Instead of flowers, the family suggests donations in Bill's name to St. Mark's Presbyterian Church; the Otis Chidester Scout Museum of Southern Arizona, 1937 E. Blacklidge Drive, Tucson, 85716 or Casa de la Luz Foundation, 7740 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, 85704.