William Jon Lowthian was born in Duncan, Arizona on November 4, 1935. He grew up around and graduated from West High School, marrying his high school sweetheart Mary Lou, who preceded him in death. After school Bill served his country in the Marine Corps, and after completing his service re-enlisted in the Navy. Following his honorable discharges he continued working with the US Government in many capacities.
Among other things, Bill was an artist. He was responsible for some of the first courtroom illustrations published in this country. In his later years Bill delved into the world of digital cartography, exploring the world through Google Maps and Google Earth. He left this world peacefully on the 16th of May, 2013 with his family at his side.
He is survived by his children Brett Hoffmann (Rosemarie Hoffmann), Elizabeth Cecere, Lori Schneider; grandchildren Shanon Stanton, Ricky Doran, Kelly Lowthian, Jennifer Ebert, Ronnie Spratley, Shania Harris; great-grandchildren William Dahlen, Francesqua Dahlen, Brody Stanton, Erin Stanton, Zoei Lowthian, Liberty Lowthian, Anberlin Ebert, Moxie Spratley; and siblings Eddie Gill, Charlie Gill, Robert Gill, and Norma Gill.