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William Molyneux

William Lee Molyneux

Thursday, November 1st, 1951 - Saturday, October 10th, 2020
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William Lee Molyneux, of Carey, Idaho, passed away on October 10, 2020. William was born to A.W. and Maxine Molyneux on November 1, 1951.

He is survived by his parents, A.W. and Maxine Molyneux, siblings, Nina (Wayne) Orvik, Clyde Molyneux, John (Kristy) Molyneux and Chip (Kathy) Molynuex, his children Karlous and Chalese Molyneux, grandchildren Nicholas, Caitlin, Blake; Thea and Chad Lippoldt, grandchildren Samuel and Shawn Harroald; CJ and Jamie Spencer; grandchild Cayleanna; Ceri Spencer, Karina Garza; Chaille Molyneux, grandchild Cavyn and Brook; Chance and Tracy Molyneux, grandchildren Keagan, Taylor, Tasia, Wynterlynn, Maxine, Jaylie, Chance, and Remi.

William, Billy to his friends and family married Peggy Talbott in 1972 and had 2 children Karlous Lee and Thea Ann. He later married Tammy Strode in 1982 and together they raised 4 children, Christopher Jan, Cereasa Jo, Chaille Jenea, and Chance James.

William was an ornery youth who gave his family many stories. When Billy was a senior in high school, Big Bill bought a 1970 Trueno GT. Big Bill tells the story of this car and Billy. Big Bill noticed that the car needed new tired after 7000 miles TWICE and thought he gotten bad tires. Until one particular night, when Officer Dude was telling Big Bill about the fastest car in the county. Dude asked Big Bill to go to Simpson’s Corner where there were black marks all over the road. Billy had taken a dare to take the turn at 70 mph. He took the car up on two wheels but maintained control of it just leaving a little rubber. There have also been rumors of Billy trying to jump Silver Creek in this car.

Billy had a lot of fun in his youth including on the football field. He was a talented player for the Carey, Panthers. When Billy’s team won against rival Richfield, Billy and his friends decided it would be a great idea to give Richfield a lasting reminder of their defeat. They snuck onto the football field and use gas to burn the score 54-0 onto the field.

Billy’s children will tell you that this humor was sometimes lost as he could be strict, but he always let his kids know he loved them. Summers were busy on the farm, but when all of the kids were together, Billy made sure that they had some fun too. This included day trips hiking up to his favorite places with a packed picnic where Billy would play in the rivers and streams with his kids. Trips to hot springs where the family enjoyed splashing around in the water and trips to the water slides in Twin Falls. Every trip ended with Pizza or Mexican food and laughs.

As Billy’s kids got older and had their own families, he made sure he was able to see them. He would drive to Kansas to visit Karlous and Thea and their families. These trips always included something fun for the grandkids including a little 4 wheeler, a power wheel Jeep and a trampoline. Thea tells a story of Billy unloading the power wheel for his young grandsons. Billy got the boys all set up and took them out for a spin. The boys loved the Jeep, but Billy decided it needed to go faster. Remember that Trueno? His kids tell stories of Billy ensuring that the grandkids always had fun. Chores became fun with tractor rides and riding in the cover on the wheel line. Building tree houses where they could escape, filling stock ponds with freezing cold water for swimming and floating down Silver Creek ending with a pile of warm blankets on the trampoline and perfectly roasted marshmallows for smores. Such stories are abundant.

Billy started farming with Big Bill and that continued the rest of his life. Like all farmers, Billy’s work ethic was one of his strongest attributes. Billy was proud to be early in raising organic beef. As a vegetarian, he was very good at raising beef. You could find him working the land, just don’t call him because his phone was on the charger in the truck.

Billy was an avid gardener with 2 green houses, at least a dozen raised beds and raspberry bushes you could get lost in. Any visitor to his farm can tell you of the sampling the he insisted you do while he pointed out all of his plants. Billy was likely to take you on a tour of his favorite’s tomatoes and peppers. You had to watch those peppers because he would sneak in a hot one.

Billy was blessed to be able to go cut wood each year with his one or more of his boys. He worked them boys hard. Billy would cut down the wood and it was the boys’ jobs to section it. This was Billy’s happy place where he could teach the boys about the size, quality and hardness of the wood they were bringing home. Billy’s favorite part was watching the big tree fall. This is where Billy was, in his beloved nature when he left this world for the next.

We mourn his loss, but we rejoice in knowing that Billy with his unique and special relationship with God has moved to his heavenly place. Services will be held at 1:00 PM on October 17th at Billy’s place. 0-27 Durfee Rd. The family request social distancing is maintained and masks are worn.
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  • Service

    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 1:00pm
    Services will be held at 1:00 PM on October 17th at Billy’s place. 0-27 Durfee Rd. The family request social distancing is maintained and masks are worn.
  • Interment

    Cremation under the care of Wood River Chapel
    403 N. Main Street
    HAILEY, ID 83333
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Jerimiah Camobell

Posted at 03:40pm
Bill will be missed. Though it had been a long time since we talked or had seen one another I have always considered Bill as a second dad and mentor to me. I lived with him for two years and spent all my summers working on the farm until I graduated. He taught me a lot of things growing up. How to be honest, how to work hard and love the land and animals. He helped me see and appreciate The value of working with your hands. He helped me become a better person. He was someone I could talk to and who would listen to what Was on my mind. He was a good man. I wouldn’t have the passion and work ethic I have today if It wasn’t for him. He taught me to look at the world in a different way He accepted my sister and I lovingly and unconditionally as part of the family. His home was our home too. I will always love him for that and I will miss all the time we shared together. Like The times sitting on the porch or deck at night just talking, being philosophical, listening to the breeze and nature, looking at the stars, or enjoying the solitude of the countryside, being contemplative while staring into the fire, smiling, laughing. My thoughts are with the family today. I am saddened for their loss. Bill was a great father not only to me but to his own kids, and he was a great son, brother, and grandfather, a man who was passionate and loved fiercely. He will be greatly missed, but his spirit will live on through his family. I know it lives on through all he taught me As well.
- Love you Bill

Peggy Lovett

Posted at 03:15pm
Prayers for comfort and strength to the Molyneux family. May all your happy memories help guide you thru this time of sadness. Sincerely, Peggy Lovett


Posted at 08:09am
Clyde, & all Molyneux family...
Super sorry to hear Billy has passed away. I enjoyed working with him when Mark Bentzinger was my boss. It was a short lived couple of harvests, but nevertheless they are still some wonderful memories. Deepest sympathy to all of his family...
Teresa Stone-Broncheau
Jerome, Idaho (formerly)

La Deane Brown

Posted at 10:14pm
Saddened to hear of Billy’s passing. His big tender heart must have grown too tired. Billy will always be one of my favs. He kept a watchful eye on his classmates. He was the peacemaker when we didn’t agree. I must say our class was particularly close. How can you not be at 18 strong! I looked over at his place last time I drove to Carey..thinking I should drive down and see him..I didn’t. I so sorry I didn’t. Rest In Peace my friend❤️🙏.

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