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William J. Noyes
Nov. 5, 1943 Jan. 18, 2011
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William (Bill) Joseph Noyes, 67, proud father and local attorney, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011 due to complications from lung and throat cancer with his family by his side in Monterey. He was born on Nov. 5, 1943 in Deadwood, S.D. to Fred (Fidelia Tricano) and Mary Noyes.

Having grown up in a small gold mining town in rural South Dakota, Bill enjoyed listening to baseball and football games on the radio. He was a devoted New York Yankees and (then) Baltimore Colts fan. When asked, Bill enjoyed recounting that he chose the Colts because Baltimore carried the only player in the NFL from South Dakota on their roster, and the Yankees because it’s the greatest sports franchise on the planet. Ever. As a youth, he delivered groceries, was the go-for guy at the Deadwood Bordello and worked under his father at the Homestake Cyanide Plant. At the University of South Dakota, he was the president of the College Democrats and a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. He graduated with a BS in History in 1966.

Unsatisfied with the prospect of returning to his hometown, Bill struck out on his own – first settling down as a school teacher in Spray, Ore. and finally making his way to Manteca where he continued his career in education at Sequoia Elementary through 1978. During this period, Bill attended night school in pursuit of a career in law, married his beautiful wife Phyllis, celebrated the birth of his daughter Amy and gained interests in fishing, hunting, gardening and cooking with his new extended family. In 1978 he earned his Jurist Doctorate from Humphrey’s College of Law and was a practicing attorney all the way through his battle with cancer.

From then on Bill lived his life in relative satisfaction, during which he traveled to Europe twice, celebrated 22 sober birthdays, had his second child Christopher, made an abundance of friends and even switched political affiliation – a fact he reveled in reminding people as he discussed and debated (or even lectured) the finer points of his staunch conservatism.

Nothing lit him up like asking him to tell a story, joke or provide an example from his vast memory. Many will remember how these anecdotes would thrill and revert him to the excitement one might see in a little boy opening his Christmas presents, and these memories of him only validate the adage: “He’s not really dead…so long as we remember him.”

Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife Phyllis, brother-in-law Robert Comden of Manteca, and parents-in-law Bill and Laurel Comden of Manteca.

He is survived by his daughter and son, Amy Noyes of Carmel and Christopher Noyes of Santa Barbara; Kathy Comden of Manteca, Kate and Jeremiah Allen of Manteca, Brenda and Dan Porter of Stockton, Bill, Marry and Emily Hogan of Manteca, Shannon Hogan of Oakland and Andrew Parolini of Salinas.

A small private gathering will be held for family and friends on Saturday, Jan. 22. For more information please contact members of the family. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Friday, Jan. 21, 2011