WILLIAM J. "DOC" WEAVER "A LINEMAN" On April 6, 2012 we lost a magnificent soul. William J "Doc" Weaver was the first born child of William H. Weaver and Myrtle A. Weaver; he was born on June 21, 1929 in the small town of Egin, Idaho. He had a wonderful childhood spent up and down the canals, playing with his brothers and helping his dad out with the family farm. Doc was a hard worker and cut his teeth clearing the rail lines of snow in West Yellowstone. He found grunt work to his liking and started digging holes for power lines until the government came calling and he was sent to West Germany during the Korean War. During his war stint...
WILLIAM J. "DOC" WEAVER
On April 6, 2012 we lost a magnificent soul. William J "Doc" Weaver was the first born child of William H. Weaver and Myrtle A. Weaver; he was born on June 21, 1929 in the small town of Egin, Idaho. He had a wonderful childhood spent up and down the canals, playing with his brothers and helping his dad out with the family farm. Doc was a hard worker and cut his teeth clearing the rail lines of snow in West Yellowstone. He found grunt work to his liking and started digging holes for power lines until the government came calling and he was sent to West Germany during the Korean War. During his war stint he was in the Signal Corps that installed and removed telecommunications lines. Upon his return to the U.S. Doc knew his calling, he was going to be a Journeyman Lineman. This decision would affect hundreds of lives and the Line Construction Industry as a whole. Doc tramped around the Western U.S. building transmission and distribution lines, many of which proudly stand today. On June 3, 1959 he married the love of his life, DeAnna K. Hill and she got roped into living in a trailer and going with Doc to wherever the work took them. It was quite a life and they met lifelong friends and saw areas of the Western U.S. they never imagined. Doc settled in with C.W. Silver/ Interstate Electric Co. working his way up from Lineman to Construction Manager when Interstate was bought by The L.E. Myers Co. in 1970. Doc worked for L.E.Myers until his retirement in March 2001. During his career with Myers Doc worked his way up to Group Vice President and enjoyed every day of work, so much so that he worked Saturdays. Doc loved the Line Industry and believed in giving back, he was an active participant in Management-Labor agreements between NECA and the IBEW Unions in his area, he was an enthusiastic member of NECA and served as Governor and President of Western Line Constructors for numerous years. The Mountain States Line Construction Apprenticeship Training Program was dear to his heart since the start of his participation in 1973, he chaired the organization for 10 years and was on the council of Industrial Relations from 1989 – 1991. In 1995 Doc was inducted into the Academy of Electrical Contracting and received the Comstock Award in 1996 for superior service in Labor Relations. In 2001 Doc was awarded The L.E. Myers Award for outstanding contribution to the Company. After retirement Doc still hadn't had enough so in June of 2003 he went back to Washington D.C. representing NECA on the OSHA Crane and Derrick Rulemaking Committee and enjoyed his tenure with the committee. He also contributed his vast knowledge to The L.E. Myers/Sturgeon Electric office by helping out on estimates throughout his retirement. They gratefully dedicated the new facility after him in 2009. Doc was not only busy at work but DeAnna and he were raising a family as well. Their son, Jules W Weaver, was born on February 14, 1962 he was full of "piss and vinegar" and kept DeAnna busy while Doc was working. On July 6, 1969 their daughter Mindie was born and any precious quiet time was lost. Interestingly enough Docs' children, and all but one brother, followed him into the Line Industry, each finding fulfillment in their work. Doc has left us in awe of what he accomplished during his career and continued to keep up on the Industry news and happenings till the day he died. Doc leaves behind children who learned integrity, honesty, respect and common sense from him. Jules and Mindie will always carry a piece of Doc with them as they continue to hear Doc's voice in their personal and professional lives. Also not only losing a father-in-law but a dear friend are Julee Weaver and Curtis McIff. Doc's highpoint was his grandchildren, he loved to make them happy and was eager to see them turn into the lovely young women they are today. Olivia and Samantha always know you were the shining stars in Papa's life. Doc also leaves a passel of brothers and sister-in-laws, Gordon& Glenda, Warren & Marnell, Boyd & Dorothy, Murland & Judy, and pulling up the rear Bush & Joyce. Doc lost his DeAnna in December of 2006 and never was as happy. We kept him busy with trips, movies and lots of dinner conversations; he also joined and participated in the Oregon California Trails Association which he really enjoyed. Please come celebrate Doc's wonderful life Saturday, April 14th at 2:30 pm at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 So Highland Dr. SLC . The family greeting will be from 2:00-2:30. NO FLOWERS PLEASE, instead donate to the University of Utah Burn Center (www.uhospitalfoundation.org) in honor of all the hardworking Brothers out there.