April 24, 2019 marks the passing of William “Bill” Ervin Lee Enz, 82.
He was born June 9, 1936 in Pasadena to Ervin William Enz and Mildred Madeline Enz.
A 1954 Menlo High School graduate, he also studied at San Bernardino Valley College.
He served in the Naval Reserve from 1957 to 1959, and married Barbara Wahl in 1959 in Beaumont.
The couple had two children: Marie Madeline, born in 1960, and James Phillip, born in 1962.
The family moved to Hemet in 1967 where he continued a career with Southern California Edison.
He retired in 1991 after 35 years of service.
Hot rods and car clubs kept him busy.
In the 1950s it was Krankers Berdoo, and in the 1970s they belonged to the Butterfield Country Corvette Club.
His love of animals knew no bounds — from his movie star horse “Sweetheart,” to his various wildlife rescues — his heart and home were always open.
Family time included dirt biking, camping, waterskiing, square dancing and many family vacations.
As a dedicated lifelong athlete, he participated in and coached baseball, football, basketball and volleyball, with an emphasis on sportsmanship, teamwork, skill and fair play.
He also coached Special Olympics Track & Field, volleyball and basketball for many years.
In 1997 he relocated to Magalia, Calif. and married Debra Scroggins in 2001.
Bill was always available to help others volunteering his time at the local library and working with the Butte County Sheriff’s Department’s STARS program.
He remained active and enjoyed playing softball until the age of 78.
After retiring, still attended games to cheers on the teams.
He was preceded in passing by his mother, father, sister and beloved companions Sophie, Sasha and Coco.
Free from the Earthly bonds, we’ll catch up to Bill on a diamond at third base, ready to “play ball.”
His incredible strength, quick humor and endless compassion will be missed in our world.
Love forever, the Enz and Scroggins family.