William Clark McKnight

William Clark McKnight


William “Bill” Clark McKnight (84) of Mesa, Arizona, surrounded in love by his earthly family passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020 to join his heavenly family.

Born April 20, 1936 in St. George, Utah to Lynn Clark McKnight and Elda (Leavitt) Langley, Bill moved with his family to Nevada where he attended Las Vegas High School. In 1954, he met and married the love of his life, Patricia Anne Hanson. The couple was later sealed for time and all eternity in the Los Angeles Temple.

Bill earned his bachelor’s degree in an automotive-related field from San Diego University and persistently worked on his master’s degree at a variety of higher education institutions. He spent most of his professional life as an auto mechanic teacher at various schools in California, Montana, and Arizona. He later retired from the City of Mesa where he was employed with the Fleet Support Services. Bill loved using his talents to serve his family, friends, and neighbors.

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he worked diligently at his Church callings. Bill spent his spare time camping, working on cars, and with those nearest to him. He adored his family and was cherished by so many others.

Lovingly known as “Papa,” Bill is survived in life by his wonderful wife, Pat, and many descendants. His posterity includes seven children, fourteen grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren.

We will miss Papa’s love, goodness, sense of humor, and example to his wonderful posterity. His faithful service to his fellow men will forever be a mark of his character and legacy. We look forward to the day we can serve with him again.

A Wise Choice Desert View Chapel, 9702 East Apache Trail, Mesa, Arizona 85207, will host Bill’s viewing on Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. A graveside service to celebrate Bill’s life will be held the next day on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 10:00am at City of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 North Center Street, Mesa, Arizona 85201.

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15 responses to William Clark McKnight

  1. Jenni Scott says:

    My heart and prayers goes out to you Pat and your family. I know your sweetheart was admired by all. Bill left a wonderful treasured legacy for his posterity, We love you. Raymond and Jenni Scott.

  2. I’ve known & loved Bill & Pat for 55 years …from their days in Lakeside, CA. Bill always wore a smile on his face & had a heart of gold…ever willing to be of help to others. Words just can’t express the impact that Bill & Pat had on others. They were always a team….together serving, loving & helping others. I have never met a more non-judging person than Pat….& Bill was right by her side. Much, much love goes from me to them…I so want to be w/them in our next life. Precious, precious people. Pat….I absolutely adore you….I so wish I lived close…so I could hug you! You’re ALWAYS in my heart!

  3. Barbara kane says:

    What a kind and loving soul. Heavenly Father gained a wonderful angel. He will be so missed by so many.

  4. What a wonderful man you chose as your companion in this life and the hereafter! He always seemed to be such a kind and gentle fellow who must have been a wonderful, husband, father, friend and teacher. Love to you and your family and prayers for you all.

  5. Cris Melser says:

    Dear Pat,
    So sorry for the loss of your husband of 66 years. Blessed to have him so long. I pray God gives you comfort in this time of transition. Love to all

    Art and Cris Melser

  6. Bill will be remembered by me for his sense of humor and his long friendship with my daddy. My prayers to Pat and his family. Much love to all.

  7. Our hearts and prayers are with Bill and the family.

  8. We are so sad to hear of Papa’s passing! We love you McKnight Family!

  9. Peggy Bolte says:

    Pat, prayers to you and your family. Bill will be missed by all who knew him. ????

  10. Dear Pat,
    We can’t imagine seeing one of you without the other as you made a perfect couple together. Our lives have been richly blessed because of you and Bill and your generosity, service, and love you have always freely shared with others. I know it’s hard now not having Bill by your side. But I’m sure his loving influence will always be as close as God allows, until you’re joined together again through the eternities. We are praying for you Pat and your family to find the Lord’s peace through this difficult adjustment period.
    Always your friends and
    With all our love,
    Kevin and Denise Smith

  11. Pat,
    I am saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a true joy to have worked with. I don’t have the words to express how much I and my family loved you and he. He will be missed on this earth, but the joy in heaven as he stands before the creator and reunites with his loved ones. May God hold you and your family in his hand’s and comfort you at this time of sorrow as he holds Bill to his heart.
    again my deepest sympathies to you and your families.

    Steve Feldkamp

  12. Bill Wright says:

    So sorry to hear, Pat. Bill was a good friend and a source of wisdom to all who knew him.

  13. So sorry to hear of your loss, Pat and all your family.I loved seeing you together at church. Bill seemed so kind and loving. I wished that I had known the two of you longer. Angels are guiding his way to heaven and he will wait for you there.

  14. I wanted to extend my sincere condolences. Uncle Bill was a wonderful man and will be truly missed. I have many fond memories of him. I am sure that he is now rejoicing in heaven with his family.

  15. We are saddened by the passing of your hero, but we feel what a great and humble spirit he is. Always going about quietly doing good. So grateful for the Plan of Salvation and Happiness which assures us we will be united with our loved ones. Praying for your peace and comfort.

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