William Louis Degeus Jr.

January 23, 1944May 31, 2021

William L Degeus Jr., SLC, Utah died May 31st, 2021. He was born January 23rd 1944, in Voorburg, Holland, to Willem and Marthilda de Geus. Joined by his family he migrated to America in 1954. He married Britt Ingred Axbom, later divorced. Married Ojik Tahmassian, later divorced. He was a member of the Mt Moriah Masonic Lodge since 1975. He enjoyed fishing at his little cabin in Scofield, Utah, and exploring/visiting many foreign countries. He served his country in the US Army, for three years and completed two years of reserve duty with the Navy Sea Bees. His career with the Department of Transportation spanned for 30 years, where he faithfully and earnestly served the public with determination, loyalty, and devotion. He received a State of Utah award for transition of the Ports of Entry from the Department of Public Safety to Department of Transportation. He retired in June 2000, as a Chief Administrative Manager.

Preceded in death by his parents. Survived by his children: Deborah (DeWayne) Gwinn, Danny Degeus, Dorothy (Rick) Thurman, David (Bonnie) Degeus, 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, sisters: Ann Contonio, Kitty (Melvin) Lang, Betty (Calvin) Wyman along with many nieces and nephews who loved and thought the world of him. We love you dad and miss you so much.

The family would like to express appreciation to his sisters for their devotion for looking after him and attending to his needs the past 3 years, and also express appreciation to family members, friends & neighbors for daily visits and calls. We know he loved and appreciated all of you.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park 26th day of June 2021, 10 am. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Shriners Children’s Hospital or your local Animal Shelter.


  • Willem and Marthilda de Geus, Parents (deceased)
  • Deborah Gwinn (DeWayne), Daughter
  • Danny Degeus, Son
  • Dorothy Thurman (Rick), Daughter
  • David Degeus (Bonnie), Son
  • He is remembered by 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, many family and friends whom love and cherish his memory.


26 June

Celebration Gathering Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Wasatch Lawn Mausoleum-Garden of the Lilies

3401 Highland Dr
Millcreek, Utah 84106

26 June

Niche Dedication

11:00 am

Wasatch Lawn Mausoleum-Garden of the Lilies

3401 Highland Dr
Millcreek, Utah 84106


William Louis Degeus Jr.

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Dale Green

June 5, 2021

My utmost condolences to the Degeus family. May Jesus, our Lord & Savior, comfort you all in this difficult time.

I remember Bill as an absolutely amazing individual who was rooted, in my roots at the beginning of my career. I had transferred from UDOT Maintenance to the Ports of Entry the year that we transitioned over with Bill's epic work and assistance. He was certainly a pioneer of that era. That was in 1990.
From the point the I met him back then, it was always an honor to sit at the same table, hear his encouragement, humor and caring, profound advice.

So saddened to hear this but I am certain that this stellar individual, with his talents. compassion and pure heart, has a new, respected and important place in eternity on the other side.

God's blessings and warmth, you all

Izabela Ribeiro

June 2, 2021

Bill was an example of kindness and love in my life, one of the most beautiful people that I've spent in my life, with all the joy and lightness in living. He was certainly the best grandfather anyone could have and I thank God for having the opportunity to meet him and have him in my family. I will miss you so much.

Me and my family love and will always love you, thank you for everything. Okidoki (I listen your voice in my mind telling me this)

With love,
Your granddaughter, Dr Izabela Ribeiro

Mariana Leite

June 2, 2021

We’re all gonna miss you so much! Bill Degeus was, and still is, a grandfather for me and my sisters. We will always remember you, and you’ll be always part of our family here in Brasil ❤️

Jack Osness

June 1, 2021

It wasn't until I lived with Papa that I realized how much we were the same. A brash attitude that was willing to speak his mind. There were many times we didn't agree, but when the dust settled, I always knew that I had an ally, friend, and most importantly a drinking partner. Here's to you Papa. I will miss you more than you could ever know.

Ida Baghoomian

June 1, 2021

Uncle Bill, You will be missed beyond words. I have so many childhood memories that include you and the family you helped create. I’m so very grateful for your presence in our lives. I will never forget your laugh, your smile and your kind words over the years. Rise and be free! Love you, Ida