George William "Bill" Atherton
Published in The Arizona Republic on 1/27/2008.
George William (Bill)
Atherton, 73, passed away January 23, 2008, in Sun City West after a lengthy
battle with cancer.
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1934; graduated from Miami University
in Oxford, Ohio in 1956, and then joined the U.S. Marine Corps leaving
the Corps as a Captain when his term was over. He then played professional
baseball with the Cincinnati Reds, briefly taught at Loveland High School
in Loveland, Ohio before going to work for the Ford Motor Company. Ford
brought Bill and his family to Phoenix in 1972.
He retired in 1989 and became the owner of the Conservatory of Dance in
Scottsdale and Paradise Valley.
He began playing Senior Softball in Scottsdale and Mesa, then moved 7
years ago to Sun City West and became very active as a manager there traveling
with his Arizona Coyote Team to tournaments in different cities and with
an American team internationally as well.
Bill was preceded in death by his first wife Constance Atherton. He is
survived by his beloved wife Carol Atherton, a son and daughter-in-law
Tom and Heather Atherton of Cave Creek, Arizona, and a daughter, son-in-law
and two grandchildren Christa, Scott, Stephen and Jordan Silber of Aurora,