William “Bill” Michael Mannatt, beloved son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend to many was born in Los Angeles, California on December 10th, 1948. Bill later migrated to Boulder, Colorado, where he worked as a master model-maker. He retired to Oroville, Washington and was a valued employee of the Omak Home Depot.
Despite having polio at the age of two, he overcame his disability to become an avid sportsman, archer and lover of falconry. In his early years, he spent a great deal of time hunting, fishing and hiking throughout the High Sierras of California and later in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. With his hunting dogs, he explored much of the West with great curiosity, deep appreciation and a keen understanding of nature. He was also a champion marksman; competing nationally in sporting clays, trap and skeet and held championship titles in Colorado, Nebraska and New Mexico, in addition to being Claythorne A Class World Champion in 2003.
In his retirement years, he enjoyed touring the beautiful mountains and valleys of the Pacific Northwest on his beloved Harley-Davidson. He was a happy man the day he left us, for he had accomplished much and overcame great challenges. We wish him joy, Godspeed and give thanks for his time with us knowing that the bonds of love are forever. His legacy lives on through his generous organ donation.
Bill was preceded in death by his brother Philip Mannatt. Bill is survived by his parents, Gloria and William E. Mannatt; his siblings, Marie Mannatt, Kathleen Sapp and her husband Doug, Wendy Goldmark and her husband Peter and Stephen Mannatt; loving nieces and nephews; his dogs Maggie, Joe and Dixie; his friends Danny Welle, Kent Hardy, John Olthoff and Jenny Gardinier and his A.A. community.
A memorial service to honor his life will be held at St. Mary’s Mission in Omak, Washington on Friday, September 25, 2015 at 11 a.m.. A reception immediately following will be held at the Old Flour Mill in Okanogan, Washington. Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel and the Okanogan Co. Crematory of Okanogan are caring for the arrangements.