William Ray Daigle

Ray Daigle
Ray Daigle

William Ray (Wiley) Daigle, Sedro-Woolley, was born on May 23, 1960 in Yakima, Washington. His younger years were spent in the Sunnyside area; in 1973, the family moved to Tonasket where he was very involved in football, basketball and baseball along with many extra- curricular activities.

His zest for all that he did left him with a lifelong nickname of “Wild Bill.” He was raised with a strong work ethic and was given much opportunity for practice in the family’s orchards, hay fields, the Inlow Angus Ranch, John Forde’s hay fields and Gavin’s Gas Station. In his leisure time he spent many hours riding dirt bikes and water skiing on Palmer Lake. Bill graduated from Tonasket High School in 1978 and then moved to Spokane where he obtained an electrician’s degree from SCC.

His life was soon enhanced forever when he married Evon Jo Webber, the love of his life, on April 20, 1986. They lived in Spokane and Tonasket; then they made their permanent home in the Skagit Valley. They began fostering children in 1994 and as a result became adoptive parents to Krystal, Shayla and Elizabeth.

He made a commitment to Christ in 1989 and has been tirelessly serving Him since. He and Evon have made Faith Baptist Church in Burlington their church home where he served as an AWANA leader, deacon, worship leader, children’s ministry team chairman and various other roles which included hosting an annual campout at their home. Donations in memory of William mad be made to the Daigle Family Home Fund at Skagit State Bank.

For his entire adult life, Bill worked as an electrician both in the IBEW local 191 and as the CEO of his own WRD Electric. His skill and abilities in the electrical and construction world were recognized by all who ever worked with him. There was nothing he couldn’t build or fix. A clear display of his handiwork is the place he called home where he and Evon cleared and developed a piece of property from dense forest to what is now a pristine residence, every aspect of which, from dirt digging to finish work, he had his handprint on.

He loved to hunt, especially elk with his favorite hunting partner, his father-in-law, John Webber. This last fall a lifelong dream came true of being drawn for the Washington State Moose tag and he bagged his second moose. This was great material for his annual Christmas letter, “The Hunt;” some years the return on the investment was in the story alone. Other things he loved were NASCAR (runs in the blood), vacationing in Hawaii with Evon, riding his horses, working the farm, and relaxing with friends and family.

He will be missed by all. He is preceded in death by his father, Dana P. Daigle and his grandparents.

William is survived by wife Evon, and three daughters: Krystal, Shayla (granddaughter, Sativa) and Elizabeth, and a large blended family: his mother Ruth, father Bill (Bobbi) Wiley, in-laws John (Darla) Webber, Joanne (Ted) Clifford, Greg Daigle, Kristi (Rich) Hutchins, Dirk (Becki) Daigle, Michelle Chunn, Malcom (Janet) Chunn, Jim Wiley, David Webber, aunts, uncles, cousins: Marty (Bev) Light, Angel (Bruce) Ross, Scott (Alice) Makino and Naudice Duncan, nieces Kailee (Kelsey) Tanneberg, Rachel Hutchins, Lexi Daigle nephews: Rich (Jill) Hutchins, Daniel Daigle, John (Dawn) Webber, great nieces Clara and Natalee Hutchins, Taundra and Myra Webber, great nephews Jaden Webber and Trey Hutchins and other nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Christ the King Community Church, 988 Fountain Street, Burlington, Wash. with Pastor Justin Howe officiating.