William Ward ‘Bill’ Mayhugh

William Ward ‘Bill’ MayhughWilliam Ward Mayhugh died Nov. 18, 2017, after a short battle with cancer. Bill was at home in Ridgecrest with family at his side. He was 90 years old.

A memorial service is planned for Friday, Nov. 24, at 11 a.m. at the Ridgecrest Elks Lodge with interment the next day at 11 am at the East Line Street Cemetery in Bishop.

Bill was born Aug. 8, 1927, to Lewis Harry Mayhugh and Ethel Euscebia Ward in Wheeling, W.V.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Ethel, his stepfather Charles deBrauwere, his step-brother John deBrauwere and his son Grant Mayhugh.

In 1935 Bill and his parents moved from West Virginia to Burbank, Calif. In 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard USS Tennessee. Following the battle of Iwo Jima, he transferred to the destroyer, USS Boyd, where he spent the rest of his enlistment.

Bill was in the automobile and banking business. He moved his young family to Bishop in 1957, and in 1960 he purchased the Volkswagen dealership, Bishop Imports, Inc. Bill served on the Bishop City Council from 1968 to 1975 and served as mayor from 1973 to 1975.

In 1973 Bill became a partner of Murphy Motors in Ridgecrest. In 1976 Bill and his wife Dorothy moved permanently to Ridgecrest. For many years Bill was a boardmember of First Federal Savings and Loan in Ridgecrest.

He was an active member of the Bishop and Ridgecrest Chambers of Commerce and a lifelong member of the Elks, the VFW, the American Legion and other service organizations.

Bill is survived by his wife, of 68 years, Dorothy Eileen Blose Mayhugh; sons Roy Mayhugh (Bonnie) of Ridgecrest, Robert Mayhugh (JoAnn) of Bishop, Richard Mayhugh of Inyokern and Gary Mayhugh (Laura) of Gardnerville, Nev.; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; and a stepbrother, Richard deBrauwere, of Tualatin, Ore.

— Submitted by the family of William Mayhugh

Story First Published: 2017-11-22