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William J. “Bill” Motes

July 23, 1962 — December 10, 2022

William J. “Bill” Motes

William J. “Bill” Motes, 60, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 10, 2022 in his Nephi, UT home. He was born in Salt Lake City on July, the 23rd, 1962, as a member of the Te-Moak Western Shoshone of Elko, Nevada; adopted shortly after to Kempton E. and Betty Jean Motes where he gained two brothers, a sister, and a faith in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He met the future love of his life at a young age while attending Juab High School - he and Cheryl Mae Greenhalgh were later married and sealed together in the Manti Temple on March 21, 1986 on a beautiful sunny day.

He dedicated his career to telecommunications engineering and spent the last 20 years at Mid-States Consultants, often traveling the country designing the grid that connects us all together. Along the way, life would lead he and Cheryl to raise four daughters and an honorary son. Bill loved to put on events that brought together family and friends, with his witty sense of humor always lighting up the room. He was an avid traveler who loved live music, Chicago dogs, western movies, and musicals.

Bill had a strong testimony and love for his Savior. He was a true believer in viewing and treating everyone as equals, but had an endless devotion to helping those most in need without judgement. Bill always gave more than he received. Surviving the passing of their daughter, Emily, he and Cheryl devoted their stamina to spreading awareness for mental health as community advocates with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Bill’s life was built around family, faith, and friends and he spent his final days surrounded by those who mattered most to him.

He is survived by his loving wife, Cheryl, their four children, Angela, Audrey (Donny), Elizabeth, and Steven (Sarah), his sister, Anna Lunt (Billy), and his mother-in-law Arlene Greenhalgh. Preceded in death by his parents (Kempton and Betty Motes), father-in-law (Richard Greenhalgh), brothers (Phil Motes and Keith Nez), and one daughter (Emily Jean Motes).

Funeral services will be Friday, December 16, 2022 at 11 am at the Nephi North Stake Center, with a viewing one hour prior, and also Thursday evening from 6 to 8 pm at the Anderson Funeral Home.

Past Services


Thursday, December 15, 2022

Starts at 6:00 pm (Mountain time)

Anderson Funeral Home

1125 N 400 E, Nephi, UT 84648

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