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Bill Grimes Memorial


William Readus Grimes

William R. Grimes died November 22, 2018, from complications of Alzheimer's. He is survived by his wife, Donna Joy Grimes; his three step-daughters, Michelle Adams from Berkeley, CA; Jai-Cheri Young and Sasha Tarrant, both from Angleton, Texas; six grandchildren; a sister in Florida and a brother in Colorado. 

Bill came from a military family having lived in a number of countries and graduating from high school in Munich, Germany, in 1968. His final college degree was from the University of Houston with a BS in Civil Engineering. 

He worked for HL&P / Center Point Energy from 1976–2010, as a Standards Engineer, specializing in utility poles and environmental issues. He served in various offices for the American Wood Preservation Association and as their president in 2005–6. 

Bill's passions included music, canoeing, skiing, history and traveling.
A memorial service will be on January 26, 2019, at Chancellor's Fitness Center at 535 Dumfries Drive, Houston, Texas 77096 at 1 PM. We will celebrate his life by telling stories, dining together and drinking beer. 


Fraser Baker: 
Bill was an outstanding trip leader. He was always first on the scene of an upcoming rapid and placed himself in the rapid where he could provide the most help guiding newbies like me past the rocks. Besides loving white water, he actively supported Donna's Kids paddles on the San Marcos as shown in the photograph where he launched the kids into a safe rope swing. In the evening around the campfire, he would often accompany songs with his guitar.


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