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William "Bill" Compton

d. May 11, 2019

1943 ~ 2019 William Warren "Bill" Compton born March 5, 1943, and died May 9, 2019, at 76 years old. William was born in Boise, Idaho

Bill married Linda Lee Anderson on August 27, 1965, in Boise, Idaho. They were married for 38 years. After Linn's passing, Bill married Ginny Brenk on December 17, 2004. They spent 14 and a half years together until his passing.

William Warren Compton--not a fan of hospitals, and very much inclined to do this his way--passed away in his own home, next to his beloved wife, after deciding it was time to move onto his next life after a 17 year long battle with terminal leukemia. In doing so, he exhibited as much dignity in life as he did in death.

Bill was a rare kind of man who had an immense influence on all those who came into contact with him. One could not leave his presence without being positively affected in some way. He came from humble beginnings and never forgot it. He was always up to listen to a good idea and taught those around him to "think big" even when everyone else thought it might be crazy.

He worked in the apparel industry from 1965-2002. He started and sold a bank, built retail stores, operated a Baskin Robbins Franchise, and worked in apparel manufacturing in the United States as well as overseas. He has served as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Tropical Sports International TSI from November 1989 to November 2002, formerly one of the largest publically held companies in Florida. Under his leadership, the company produced high quality casual and dress men's apparel through innovative and cutting edge technologies. He served as a source of vision for major apparel retailers such as JC Penny, Bass Pro Shops, and Walmart through comprehensive brand management programs.

He also served on the Board of Directors of the Brigham Young University Marriott School of Management. He was the Chairman of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), the largest association for apparel and footwear in the world, for the years 2000-2001 and sat on their Board of Directors and Executive Committee from 1990-2002. No matter how high he climbed on the corporate ladder, he took the time to make everyone feel important.

But in Bill's mind, his most significant accomplishment was his family. "Papa," the name his grandchildren affectionately gave him, was the patriarch of an extensive loving family. Here he served his family members as a source of guidance, support, love and always provided them with a place to gather.

A devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, he is remembered for his extra-long prayers when he would pray for every single person he knew and even those he didn't.
His altruism, however, did not stop there. His favorite phrase during his life was "let me know how I can help." He was astonishingly generous to his employees, friends, family and the Church and seized every opportunity possible to help people.

Bill loved to hunt elk on horseback, procured an extensive gun collection, and was proud of his Cherokee roots. He enjoyed building houses, interior design and had impeccable taste, always knowing exactly what he wanted. He liked to unwind by watching Hallmark movies and in the show "2020" holding hands with his wife, Ginny.

In life he showed an unwavering faith he would be reunited in again with loved ones that predeceased him and looked forward to seeing his mother, Mamie Irita "Billie" Getz, his father Charles Warren Robert Compton, his first wife, Linda Lee Compton, his sisters Barbara Jeanirita Booth and Dolly Jane Compton and most of all his son, Travis Vernon Warren Compton in heaven.

Bill is survived by his wife, Virginia Ann "Ginny" Brenk Compton, his children Kristina Louise Compton, Caprice Elizabeth Compton and her husband John Cody Miller, Amanda Jane Compton, William Tyler Compton, and Bill's two adopted sons Samuel and Chris Bernard. Bill's grandchildren Kourtney Linn, Saydi Caprice, Cody Tanner, William Kjelsen, Reagan Elizabeth, Sydnie Mykin, Eve Addison, McKinley Tyler, Tate Travis, Carson Lee, Quincy Jane, Bo Bridger, Compton McGuire, and Boston Ty. Bill's brothers Robert Warren and wife, Patty Compton and Charles Edward and wife, Joy Ann Compton. Bill's step-children, Sandra Lynn, her husband Troy Jones, Tamara Marie, her husband Alex Fox, Annette Nicole, her husband J.S. Schmidt, Jason Berg, and Ashley Ann Deegan and nine step-grandchildren. Bill and Ginny have created an incredible family legacy including 11 children, 32 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Their legacy on the pillars of family, love, and service to others and will live on through his family.

Services in St George, Utah
Tuesday 5/14/19: Viewing 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 5/15/19: Viewing 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Funeral Services 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

All services in St. George will be held at the Padre Canyon LDS church, Red Cliffs 2nd Ward:
625 East Center Street
Ivins, Utah, 84738

Services in Bountiful, Utah
Thursday 5/16/19: Graveside dedication & service 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Graveside service only in Bountiful will be held at the Memorial Lakeview Mortuary and Cemetery:
1640 Lakeview Dr. Bountiful, Utah 84010
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