Bratcher Funeral Home

401 West Woodard, Denison, TX


(Ret) Colonel William "Bill" Lindsay Jr.

August 4, 1939October 24, 2019

OBITUARY for William W. Lindsay, Jr.

Denison, Texas – William Wallace “Bill” Lindsay, Jr. was born into eternal life on October 24, 2019. The son of Rita Dolan and William W. Lindsay Sr., Bill was born in Denison, Texas on August 4, 1939.

Bill attended Denison High School, the U.S. Naval Academy, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps where he earned numerous decorations. Upon retirement from the military, he returned to Denison to continue his public service in the civilian arena.

Bill initially served as a community volunteer, never hesitant to offer his time and service to the young people in his beloved hometown of Denison. He served as a coach for the Denison Girls Club, a board member of Denison Little League, announcer for DHS baseball, driver for DHS team physician Dr. John Saunders, and supported youth teams with his presence at football, basketball, baseball, track and soccer games. Lindsay also spent countless hours assisting the Denison Chamber of Commerce, the Lakefest Regatta, and the Denison Main Street Program.

When approached to contribute to the community as an elected official, Bill answered the call to service again, elected first as a Denison City Council member and subsequently serving seven years as Mayor. He brought great value to the City as Mayor, and that position opened a variety of other doors to engage in the community. He went on to serve as President of Texas Association of Mayors, Council Members and Commissioners; President of Texoma Solid Waste Agency; President of Texoma Council of Governments; Vice Chairman of Cities Aggregation Power Plan; Vice President of the Denison Chamber of Commerce; Vice Chairman of the State Economic Development Board; Chairman of the Community Development Block Grant Board; Trustee on Texas Municipal League Inter-Governmental Employees Benefit Pool; Chairman of TML Municipal Revenue and Taxation Committee; member of the Small Business Industrial Development Corporation; Treasurer of the Texoma Regional Foundation; Board Member of the Texas Association of Regional Councils; and a Board Member of the Denison Development Foundation.

Bill is survived by a grateful country, state, county, and city along with countless friends, neighbors and loved ones whose lives have been forever changed by an accomplished, distinguished, and extraordinary man.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bratcher Funeral Home. There will be a rosary at 6:00 pm at St. Patrick’s Church in Denison on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, with a funeral Mass at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at St. Patrick’s. The community is invited to a reception at the CCD Center following the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lindsay’s memory to the Denison ISD Education Foundation, 1201 S. Rusk, Denison, Texas 75020 or your favorite charity.

Personal condolences may be made at www.bratcherfuneralhome.com.



  • Rosary Wednesday, October 30, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, October 31, 2019


  • Burial


(Ret) Colonel William "Bill" Lindsay Jr.

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Effie Bowden

November 1, 2019

I served on the Denison Community Development Block Grant Committee with Mr. Lindsay. I found him to be a very intelligent and kind man. He loved people and this city. I feel privileged to have known him and served this community with him. My life is the better for having known retired Colonel William "Bill " Lindsay Jr.

Leah Krucelyak

November 1, 2019

I knew Bill Lindsay as Uncle Bill, and to me, he was the most interesting man in the world. He was knowledgeable about everything we ever talked about, from marching band to history to aviation to football. If you asked him about his achievements, he would be completely honest and forthright, but he never bragged or flaunted his knowledge or experiences. Like anyone lucky enough to spend time with him and call him a friend, I will miss him dearly. Rest In Peace Uncle Bill. And to use the words of John Gillespie Magee, Jr, I hope you have found your wings once more:
“Where never lark or even eagle flew --
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.”

Mario Castillo

October 30, 2019

Bill and I served on a Texas state lending institution as board members. He as Secretary and I as Chairman/President of the board. Bill never failed to impress me with his integrity, his careful stewardship of public funds and his unflinching commitment to public service. After our tenure on the board, Bill and I continued a friendship (mostly via telecom) and shared observations of our time in DC during the Nixon Administration. I'll miss him, his wit and his friendship. May the Prophets of our faith welcome him home. Mario Castillo