William R. (Bill) Daggett, 78, of Joseph, died Nov. 8, 2008, at a care center in La Grande.
Bill was born Sept. 19, 1930, to Ray and Vada (Rogers) Daggett in Portland.
When he was 2 years old, the family moved to Joseph and bought a cattle ranch on Marr Flat. Bill and his brother, James, attended a one-room school there. His parents wanted the boys to attend high school, so they bought a small ranch one mile from Joseph.
Bill married his high school sweetheart, Betty Shirley, in 1951. They had two sons. He ran the family ranch.
Bill held the first interdenominational youth Bible group in Wallowa County in his home, and then attended a Christian Bible college. He loved the lord, and served him all his life. Bill was a Sunday School teacher, a deacon and an elder. He started and hosted the County Chapel Christian radio program for several years in Wallowa County. He returned to the ranch after Bible college.
For 27 years Bill worked as manager of the Wallowa Lake dam for the Associated Ditch Co. During this time he also began working as a school bus driver and mechanic. Later he became school bus and physical plant supervisor for Joseph Elementary, Imnaha School and Joseph High School. He returned to the ranch while working for the schools.
He retired to live in Joseph.
Survivors include his wife, Betty (Shirley) Daggett of Joseph and their sons and families, William Lee Daggett and wife, Becky, and grandson David, of Connell, Wash., and Daniel James Daggett and wife, Susie, and grandchildren Alex, Bonnie and Rebecca, of Imbler.