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William Duncan “Bill” Piety

  • Birth 29 May 1947 Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Death 29 Oct 2010 Lakewood, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Bill's ashes are at one of his special places in the Rocky Mountain range in Colorado
  • Memorial ID 77875448

William "Bill" Piety, a petroleum geologist died of complications from cholangiocarcinoma on October 29, 2010.

Born in 1947, William Piety grew up in southern California. He attended the University of Redlands in California and earned an advanced degree in geology from the University of Huston. Then went to work in petroleum geology in the Gulf of Mexico and later in the Rocky Mountains.

From an early age Bill exhibited a great interest in the beauty of nature and the importance of protecting it. He funded a youth wildland stewardship program in Colorado to educate young people about the importance of conservation. He was an active member of the Denver Gem and Mineral Guild. He held offices including president and field trip chairman including year 2010. He was also a member of the Lake George Gem and Mineral Club.

During his last months, Bill took several rock hounding field trips with the Guild Club and many with individuals. He was very proud of the amazonite he found at Joe Dorris' claim. He was digging for topaz two months before his death.

Bill was a member of the Colorado Mountain Club, a supporter of the Nature Conservancy and an amateur nature photographer. Besided Rock Hounding trips he took several camping trips, hiking trips and motorcycle rides.

An avid hiker, Bill had climbed to the summit of all 55 of Colorado's 14er's and had started on the 13er's. He climbed a 13er in January about a week before he was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma. Generally in good health, it came as a shock to Bill, his loved ones and friends when he was diagnosed in February 2010.

He was involved with Doctors Without Borders and Habitat for Humanity.

He had a great interest in railroads and often sat relaxing by railroad tracks with family and friends to just ‘watch the trains go by'. He loved trains so much that he bought a house adjacent to the main line through Denver, so he could hear them thundering by.

Being a great advocate of education, he quietly helped many
young people with their educational expenses and left endowments to several colleges. Bill was a very kind hearted person.

Bill had some things he wanted to see and so he left on
the 27th of September, 2010, driving to California sightseeing on the way and to visit with family. He returned back in Denver on October 22nd.

He made a generous donation which will support a 2011 young investigator award in cholangiocarsinoma, as well as a future young investigator award; a scholarship in environmental science at the University of Redlands and to protect a unique botanical area in Colorado.

Bill wanted to leave a legacy that would have an impact on nature and humans. He would be very happy to see how the programs he's funded progress, to see students get an education in environmental protection or a young medical professional start a career in cancer research.

After he had the chance to realize what was actually happening to him he was determined to live life to the fullest for the time left and indeed he did just that. To some of us, Bill was a good friend, a buddy and a digging
companion and we loved him. He was a private person in many ways but a really special person, if you took the time to know him. He will be truly missed by those who knew his heart.

There will be no services, so honor Bill in your own way.

Bill was a very courageous person who is missed by many.
"You know, I never think 'why me'. It was going to happen to someone and it just happened to happen to me."

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  • Added: 8 Oct 2011
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Duncan “Bill” Piety (29 May 1947–29 Oct 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 77875448, ; Maintained by Max (contributor 47402837) Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Bill's ashes are at one of his special places in the Rocky Mountain range in Colorado.