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Billy Wayne Gorman

March 7, 2023

Billy Wayne Gorman, 90, passed away on February 8, 2023, in Bonners Ferry. A Celebration of Bill’s life will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, at First Baptist Church in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The memorial will be viewable online in Bonners Ferry at 528 Scenic Drive at 10 a.m. local time.

Bill is survived by his wife of 72 years, Earnestine Gorman, son David Gorman and wife Stacy, grandchildren Joshua and wife Mattie, Ryan and wife Kaite, Nathan and wife Amanda, Erin and husband Gavin, Matthew and Isaac and great-grandchildren Elijah, Gideon, Hezekiah, Judah, Lenora, Edith, Clara, Griffin, Hadley, Sabrina, Anna, Daniel, Andrew, Esther, Emma and Asa. He was preceded in death by his parents Jack and Libby, son James Wayne Gorman and great-granddaughter Lillian Marie Gorman.

Bill was born March 17, 1932, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, to Jack and Libby Gorman. At an early age his family moved to Novice, Texas, where he excelled in baseball, basketball, six-man football, hunting, fishing, creating mischief and chasing Earnestine (whom he eventually caught).

After graduating high school, Bill served in the Texas National Guard and began working in a lumber yard. His career in the lumber industry was soon disrupted when Uncle Sam ordered him to active service in the U.S. Army in 1953. He took basic training at Ft. Bliss, Texas, and was assigned to the 90th Ordinance Field Maintenance Company at White Sands Proving Grounds, New Mexico. He graduated from the Army Logistics School at Fort Lee, Virginia, and numerous other supply and safety schools.

After exiting the Army, Bill began work as a U.S. Army civilian at White Sands Proving Grounds. He was Chief of Storage Management Branch for the last 20 years of his employment at WSMR, served as an E.E.O. counselor and as a volunteer for numerous other charitable organizations as well. Bill coached the Little League Loma Heights Dodgers baseball team for several years.

Bill came to know Jesus Christ and began serving the Lord faithfully through First Baptist Church, Las Cruces, in various capacities. He taught third and fourth grade Sunday school for 40 years, served as a deacon, cooked for the men’s prayer breakfast, and served in many other capacities. He was a member of Gideons International, where he helped distribute bibles to hotels and to students at New Mexico State University.

Bill enjoyed the outdoors and especially enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons, grandsons and friends. He enjoyed the fellowship of his family and church family. With his infectious, outgoing personality, he made friends wherever he went.

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Mike Weland, Publisher

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