William Junius Judy passed away on September 11, 2022 in Murray, Utah. Bill was born on August 12, 1952 in Blackfoot, Idaho to Don Judy and Dellah Hughes Judy. Bill married the love of his life, Michelle Marquardt, in the Salt Lake Temple on September 12, 1974.
Bill was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His testimony was strengthened while serving in the Australia South mission. He served in various capacities throughout his life and loved the relationships he was able to build within the Church. After retiring, he loved to attend the temple as often as he could.
Bill loved working outdoors and playing outdoors. In Bill’s youth, his father formed a pony posse called Punch and Judy that Bill and many of his friends were a part of. They rode every year in the Murray 4th of July parade and won first place in the all- horse parade one year. Recreation and church ball were favorites, as Bill had a bit of a competitive streak. Camping, boating, and ATVing with his family were regular summer activities. He looked forward to the yearly deer hunt with his family and close friends. Teasing family and friends was a favorite activity and nobody was safe if water was nearby. He also had sweet-tooth with a cupboard filled with treats that he would often sneak to his grandchildren.
During Bill’s career, he was a skilled backhoe operator and foreman. He ran gas lines all over the western US and worked on the light rail Trax project. He enjoyed telling stories about his work adventures.
Bill was a loving husband, father, and friend. Bill was above all, loved by his grandchildren and had a special relationship with each one of them. His infectious smile and mischievous ways will be dearly missed by his family.
Bill is survived by his wife, Michelle Judy; three children and their spouses, Corinne and Jamie Smith, Brandon and Shannon Judy, and Brett and Cynthia Judy; eight grandchildren; and six sisters, Diana Diederich, Pat Williams, Susan Lambert, Jean Perkins, Christine Chase, and Allison Schaerr. He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Don Paul Judy and Steven Judy.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 16 at 12:00 noon at the Parkway 7th Ward Chapel on 9894 South 2700 West in South Jordan. A viewing will be held Thursday, September 15 from 6:00 - 8:00PM and prior to the funeral from 10:30 - 11:30AM at the church. Interment will be at South Jordan Cemetery. Please share a favorite memory of Bill with his family at larkincares.com.
Uncle Bill, I use that term loosely but so did my parents, or he might have given that name to himself. He was there for some of my fondest childhood memories. Our yearly New Years Eve parties with Michelle's home made pizza, so much confetti we couldn't see the floor and Bill with his relentless teasing. I have a pretty clear memory of him hanging Mike over the stairs by his ankles. But of course my favorite times were those days on the deer hunt. He introduced me to cool ranch Doritos with Salsa, which is still one of my favorite treats and more importantly he made me listen to country music for 6 hours straight on the drive home one year. It was a painful experience for a 16 year old girl, but I eventually came around to the country music side I just needed time. I loved hearing him tell stories about my parents and their whole neighborhood gang growing up. A few years back I told Bill every time I hear Toby Keith's song, "As Good As I once Was" I thought of him because of how tough everyone said Bill Judy was growing up. I secured my spot as favorite fake niece with that conversation. I truly feel so blessed to have grown up with all The Judy clan and the few times a year we spent together. Bill was always the life of the party and made everyone feel good abut themselves or embarrassed by his teasing, both were fun experiences. Michelle, Corinne, Brandon and Brett and all of you families praying for your peace and comfort, I hope we can still see you on the hunt every once in a while. Sending our love. Natalie Metcalf Knudsen
BILL WOULD ALWAYS REMIND ME IF WE WERE THE SAME AGE HE COULD TAKE ME.. I NEVER DOUBTED I’D TOUGHNESS.. I WAS TOLD BY A CLOSE MUTUAL FRIEND THAT IF HE EVER HAD TO GO TO WAR HE DEFINITELY WOULD MAKE SURE TO BRING THE JUDY BROTHERS.. BILL WAS FULL OF SO MUCH KNOWLEDGE ABOUT GAS WORK HE WOULD SOMETIMES GET HIMSELF INTO TROUBLE BECAUSE HE WOULDN’T BACC DOWN WHEN HE KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.. HE WAS THE NUMBER 1 ONE UPPER TOO.. IF YOU SHOT A BUCC HE KILLED ONE WITH HIS BARE HANDS.. AND IF YOU EVER WANTED TO SPREAD A RUMOR TELL BILL AND HE’LL GET THE BALL ROLLING.. NOTHING BUT GREAT MEMORIES OF THE GUY.. SPOKE OFTEN ABOUT HIS FAMILY.. GOOD ALL AROUND DUDE.. REST IN LOVE BILL JUDY.. LAST OF A GREAT GENERATION..
Oh Bill, I have so memories. My most memorable were the times with the ponies. Bill would catch them for us, then I’d try to not get bucked off. I came up from Las Vegas for the first Punch and Judy parade. I had the best times at Lincoln Lane and Bill was always there to tease. ❤️
Dear Michelle and Family,
Jane and I send our sincere condolences for your loss. You are all in our thoughts during this difficult time.
Jane Rice & Trudi Haley
Bill, you’ve always been awesome to me. Sincere condolences to your family, now you have passed on. I love my Judy heritage and my cousins. You were bigger than life to me.
Camille Judy Arnett
"Uncle" Bill made everything fun! He has always made it easy to choose to smile and always seemed to be grinning himself. I'm grateful for his jovial influence and being such a great family friend.