William Edgar Wells

October 24, 1927November 4, 2018

William Edgar Wells was born on October 24, 1927 and passed away on November 4, 2018.


  • Graveside Committal Thursday, November 15, 2018

William Edgar Wells

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Janice Mir (Tyler)

January 27, 2019

I loved reading all these memories! My dad, Justin Tyler, was a teacher at Longview, where he met Bill, and he and Eileen became friends with my parents. My memories were of the wonderful Longview plays, and the visits up to Prescott where they would help build our parents cabin. I loved his humor! He could have been a comedian! But, he was, as everyone experienced from knowing him, a wonderful music teacher, mentor and friend too so many! Bill, and Eileen, had such incredible energy about them, and I am so glad this man touched my life. I think Bill is now with Eileen, and they are laughing together again! Thanks for the memories, till we meet again!

Colette (Maloy) Smith

November 13, 2018

How do I even begin to express gratitude to the Great and Powerful Oz for his teaching, his example, his friendship, his faith and trust, his kindness, his caring... ? Mr. Wells showed everyone respect and loved us all. I learned to play the flute and saxophones under his direction and I am still playing the flute. Camp Pacific was always a highlight, traveling to California on school buses - sometimes 3 to a seat (we were smaller then).
Even after I graduated we remained close friends and spent time together whenever I was in town or when he passed through on a trip with his wife. A BIG part of me is who I am because of him. I hope to make him proud and honor him everyday. I am a Lancer through and through. I love you Mr. Wells!

Susan Ward

November 13, 2018

Mr. Wells picked out a Coronet for me to learn and play. I was in the first group to go to Camp Pacific. It was an awesome experience. In my adult life, I was lucky enough to get together with Mr. Wells, about every three months or so. We shared lots of stories about family, mutual friends and life. I thank you for being a part of my life all these years. Till we meet again! May all these memories help your family celebrate your life.

Dawn Bell

November 13, 2018

I went to Epworth UMC with Bill for years. When I had knee surgery, we were in Pastor-Parish committee, and he drove me to choir and to PPC., until I would be able to drive again. I'm an old hippie and he, a conservative. But somehow we had a lot of the same values and beliefs. He said he liked the conversations and kept taking me to Pastor Parish and to Choir after I had healed.

When my son became a music teacher, William Wells would go and visit his music classes. He didn't take over, or interrupt him, just watched and listened and afterward chatted with.

He also had an incredible sense of humor, and we found so many things to laugh at. He would make crazy faces at me when we were in choir, and I'd laugh and get peculiar looks from folks around me.

We had a couple of the Epworth Choir Christmas dinners at our home, and Bill would bring family, all of whom were lovely.

I feel so blessed to have known him, and learned some important lessons from him. Blessings to all his family and friends.

You shall be missed, Billy E. Dawn Bell

Shannon Zetich

November 12, 2018

My friend, my children’s Band instructor and my mentor. Over many, many years Bill Wells was instrumental in our lives, teaching my eldest son, Rey the trombone; next son James, the saxophone; then our daughter Lisa, the alto clarinet ; next son Donald, the clarinet; then our youngest son Stephen, the trumpet. They didn’t know it at the time, but music instilled great discipline in them as well as talent. I even played a season in the Longview Community Band, since I had no musical background I was given the bass drum. He would signal me every time I was to beat that drum and most of the beats I got. When it came to introducing the band members Bill introduced me as playing the chair 🤣. Bill had a phenomenal sense of humor which I loved.
During those years Bill and I became Co-Chairpersons of the Longview PTA, where he taught me many secrets of running a meeting. Have a good Agenda. Stick to the Agenda. Be brief. Make sure the meeting is 30 to 45 minutes or LESS! Those are all Lessons I hold to be the secret of successful meetings for anyone. He always helped with the Fundraising events over the 17 years that I was involved. Every suggestion that Bill made I listened to and they paid off for the students of Longview. He was a gifted teacher and a great example to learn from for students and his many friends.
Bill and Eileen visited our New Mexico home where we had a fantastic time. We came across NM neighbor, Paul Walker, that taught Band in Tempe and knew Bill quite well. We shared a lovely dinner at our home with them and lots of great memories were shared. Then another neighbor, Beverly Carroll taught with Eileen for many years. . . Small, small world. I’m sure wherever Bill went he would run into someone that knew him, he was just that kind of guy. A likable, fun, interesting, knowledgeable, wonderful man.

Roger William (Bill) Kaye

November 12, 2018

In 1962 I began taking clarinet lessons from Bill Wells, at age 9. When this great man encouraged you, you knew something great was happening, as you knew he was a master in three areas: Music, teaching, and people. It's too easy to take things for granted: So let me thank him here for being a star in the sky, and a primary reason I've been working full-time in the music field since 1998, and succeeding. He had that quality and commodity no amount of money can buy: Care. God bless him and his family. I recall playing the piano on Dave Brubeck's "Time In", with his son Billy on the bass, and the great Joe Akers on drums, in high school. It's great to remember the entire family, and to think about this great, caring man, who was always more interested than interesting, in his relationships with students and all people. Someone in life to emulate. Bill Kaye

Libby Anderson - Lewis

November 10, 2018

I started at Longview Elementary in 6th grade. Kids already had instruments and had started band. My BFF Betty Mayne took me to the band room and I met Mr. Wells. Of course, he wanted me to play an instrument and had a bassoon that no one was using. Since I had piano background and it’s a C instrument, I went for it. Band and music became a large element of my life. My son played French Horn (the same instrument as my BFF!) and met his wife in high school band. My grandsons are now in band. Mr. Wells was kind, made us feel like we were great and could do anything! I’m grateful.

Cindy Davis-Franklin

November 10, 2018

I am a teacher and a mediocre clarinet player because of this man . He was an awesome teacher who really cared about us even after we had entered the real world after band class. He also taught us that laughing every day is a good thing . I’ll never forget his inspirational stories about life lessons (that he probably made up but were inspiring nevertheless), our band trips, Camp Pacific and other fun times . Enjoy the Emerald City Oz and I’ll see you there too someday .

Angel King

November 9, 2018

Mr. Wells was an amazing man that taught so many children that they could do anything if they put their heart and mind to it. Mr. Wells you will be greatly missed. Until we meet again save a chair for me in the band.

Toni Monaco

November 9, 2018

To the great and powerful OZ - he truly was. Mr. Wells was a God sent to many children and a true blessing to me. If you had the drive to learn how to play an instrument and didn't matter how many you wanted to learn Mr. Wells would be at the school before it started, during lunch time, and after school to help you. It didn't matter how long it took you to learn he was there for the bad notes (he would make the funniest faces when you did) as well as the good ones (smiling ear to ear). Mr. Wells, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your hard work. RIP OZ and lead the heaven band to first place.