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William O West

July 16, 1937January 8, 2018
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William O. West, 80, of Port Lavaca passed away January 8, 2018. He was born July 16, 1937 in Duncan, OK to L.T. West and Mary Jo Downard West. He was a life long member of the United Methodist Church. He was a retired coach from Calhoun High School, member of the Texas Coaches Association and served in the US Army. He was an accomplished athlete. Bill played on the State Championship Football Team in Oklahoma for Ada High School in 1954 and was a member of the State Championship Track Team for Ada in 1955 having won 1st place in high hurdles and the mile relay. He went on to play as a running back for the OSU Football team and scored the first touchdown for the OSU Cowboys. Eventually, he graduated from Texas A&M in 1967 and became a County Extension Agent. Having always loved sports, he began coaching in 1972 and coached many generations of athletes including his own daughters and grandchildren who lovingly referred to him as PoPo. He never had a losing season in football and took many of his athletes to state in cross-country and track. The Texas Coaches Association awarded Coach West with the 500 point plaque for his athletes’ accomplishments. His fellow teachers voted him Teacher of the Year. He loved his dogs, the ranch, roses, the Dallas Cowboys, St. Louis Cardinals, San Antonio Spurs and above all else Texas A&M “gig-em Aggies”. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joyce McClanahan West; daughters, Windy Stanton (Robert), Dawna Meeks (Bobby), Shannon Myint (Phillip), and Raina Cowgill (Kevin); little sister-in-law, J.R. McClanahan Polzien (Doug); brothers, L.T. West (Catherine) and Barry West (Pat); and grandchildren, William Stanton, Julianne Stanton, Dustin Snell (Kimberley), Morgan Meeks, Sarah Myint and Matthew Myint. He was preceded in death by his parents. A Memorial Visitation will be held Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. in Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home. Memorial Services will be Friday, January 12, 2018 at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home. Thanks to Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Bunnell and all the nursing staff on the 2nd floor. All the people who came to visit in the hospital, sent cards and facebook messages to brighten his day. He looked forward to the mail every day because of that. And special thanks to Patty Mickle who helped Bill when he was first diagnosed with cancer. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.richardsoncolonial.com.

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Debbie Priddy

January 22, 2018

Years ago I had the privilege of working with Coach West at the high school. He always stopped by our office to tell everyone hello. We all loved him dearly and he will be dearly missed. My sympathy is extended to all family members.

Nancy Thompson

January 11, 2018

So saddened for your loss of your beloved husband, father and grandfather. My continuing prayers are with you. Bill meant so much to so many, a beautiful legacy for a fine man.

Deane Henderson

January 10, 2018

So sorry for your loss of a good man. Our sympathy to all the family
Deane and Nash Henderson

Mike and Wanda Matthews

January 10, 2018

We are so sorry to hear about Bill. We will pray for you and the girls. Love your family very much. Mike and Wanda

January 10, 2018

It is with great love when I remember my friend and former colleague Bill. I truly enjoyed my time and friendship with Bill and Joyce. Please know my prayers are with you Joyce and "his girls" as he called them back in the day. I remember him driving us back from coaching school one summer and him playing Kenny Loggins' song Danger Zone until we all knew the words! I think of him every time I hear it and always will. Love, Jody McMillan "Coach Mac" Sanders

Veronica Herrera Messersmith

January 10, 2018

My deepest condolences to the whole West family. Coach West was like a second father to me. Such a great man and mentor! I will cherish all my memories of him always. Much love to all during this sad time.

Cheri Stirling

January 10, 2018

I am heartbroken for you all! Thinking of Coach West always floods me with wonderful memories! We love you and are praying for the West family.
Cheri Stirling

John Merle

January 10, 2018

No words can truly express our sympathy or love sent to you at this time. We pray that the love of God comforts and keeps you in this time of transition regarding this loss of your precious Bill. Hurting is past and the joy of heaven and reuniting awaits. John and Marilyn Merle

Sarah Spencer

January 10, 2018

So very sorry for your loss. Coach West was a wonderful coach and especially a wonderful person.
Regards, Sarah Walraven Spencer

January 10, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss.

Sydney Hoefling

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