Bill was born on June 29, 1940 in Payson, Utah to Delmar and Ada Hales. Billís parents traveled to several mining camps.
Bill graduated from high school in Grants, N.M. He attended university in Durango, Colo. and at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., before deciding that he wanted to be an underground miner.
Moving to Globe, he met his wife of 39 years, Jody Hales, who predeceased him. They had two children, a son, Ryan; and a daughter, Ronda.
Bill quit the mining industry and went into construction all over the state. He really enjoyed his employment as crane operator in the raising of Roosevelt Dam. He then went to work for ADOT, from which he retired in 2004.
Eleven years ago, Bill was reunited with an old friend, Bonnie Edwards, and they have been together since. They enjoyed many of the same hobbies, including traveling. Their travels took them to China, Ireland, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, and numerous places in Canada, the United States and Mexico.
Among his other loves was flying, a skill he learned when he was working in Kingman. His other hobbies were team roping, quad riding, boating, fishing, camping and annual dove hunting. His newest love and great passion was golf.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; his children, Ryan (Tammy) Hales and grandchildren Clinton Hales and his fiancee, Lucy, and Chad, Cole and Collin Hales; and Ronda Garcia (Dennis Motes) and grandchildren Brittany Garcia, Chelsea Garcia and fiance Richard, and Trenton Rivera, and two great-grandchildren; and his sister, Shanna Yeager.