William Andrew Stellmon passed from this earthly life Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at his Lewiston home. (Big Bill) was born May 2, 1933, to Elbert and Zola Geddes Stellmon, at the home of his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Geddes.
When he was 1 year old, the family moved to Lewiston. In 1951 Bill graduated from Lewiston High School, where he excelled in football and baseball and served as student body president his senior year. After two years at the University of Idaho he joined the Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1956.
On Dec. 12, 1954, in Lewiston, he married Marlene May Haag, his high school sweetheart. He graduated from the University of Idaho in 1958 and from the University of Idaho School of Law in 1960. Upon graduation he moved Marlene and their three boys to Lewiston, where he joined his father's law firm.
Those early years of practice began a life of community service, including membership on the Lewiston School Board from 1972 to 1981, director and past president of the Lewiston Roundup Association, later serving as the parade grand marshal, director on the board of the Lewiston Boy's Club, member of the State of Idaho Parks and Recreation board, president of Lewis-Clark Legal Services, chairman of the Lewiston Vandal Boosters, an early supporter and participant in the Lewiston Civic Theatre, and a member of the Elks, the Masons, the Shriners and the Rotary Club.
In 1968, Bill was honored as the Jaycees Distinguished Man of the Year. As an attorney, Bill served as assistant Nez Perce County prosecutor and was the Lewiston city attorney from 1964 to 1971. In private practice Bill was truly an advocate for those in need, spending hours on the phone at home giving advice to whomever needed his help without concern for pay or acknowledgement. He would often receive payments, not in cash but in beef, wild game, chickens or broken-down vehicles. His life was dedicated to helping others.
He coached his children in football, basketball and baseball, leaving a lasting impression on hundreds of Lewiston youth. He was a Boy Scout leader, albeit unorthodox, constantly finding new ways for the boys in his charge to be out in the wilds experiencing challenges, adventure and many times fear, but always fun.
Bill was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving twice as bishop as well as being a member of the Stake Presidency. He taught early morning seminary to LDS youth for more than 20 years. Bill served as magistrate judge from 1990 to 1997. He and Marlene served a mission for the Church in Martin's Cove, Wyo., in 1998.
Bill is survived by Marlene, his wife of 56 years; his daughter, who his boys say is his favorite, Lisa and husband Brad Mangum; sons Jacob and wife Kelli, John and wife Donna, William C. and wife Cindy and Daniel and wife Melanie; his sister Gail Williams; 24 adoring grandchildren; and 23 adoring great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Bill's life will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at the LDS church at Ninth and Preston in Lewiston.
Those who wish to share memories with the family can send them to bigfela@cable
Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, the UI School of Law or the Museum of Winchester History, Box 3, Winchester, ID 83555.