William Charles Sommers passed away in his home with family around on Tuesday night December 22, 2020\nOn April 4, 1940 William Charles Sommers was born at 835 Georgia Street in Gary, Indiana.\nHis parents Jack (John) and Sally (Dallas Rae) Sommers had moved from rural Rensselear, Indiana to the city to try to eke out a living during the depression of the 1930’s.\nBill had two brothers, John junior, who retired after 29-years on the Los Angeles Police Department, and Michael, who was a talented musician and music teacher in the Hammond, Indiana school system. Both brothers pre-deceased Bill, Mike at age 50, and John at age 68.\nBill was a graduate of Lew Wallace High School (’58), and of Chaffey College. Like most young Gary boys, Bill worked in the steel mill where he became a journeyman welder.\nBill was always interested in public service, beginning with his early days as a Boy Scout and ending as a volunteer at the Iron County, Utah Sheriff’s Department.\nBill was a member of the Gary Reserve Fire Force, a reserve component of the Gary Fire Department where he rose to the position of Assistant Chief.\nBill was a Deputy Sheriff in lake County, Indiana.\nBill Married his high school sweetheart, Judy Lobody in 1959. They had three great kids, Brenda (Marcus), Bill junior, and Terry. They separated in 1981 but retained mutual respect and caring for each other. Terry pre-deceased Bill at age 56 in 2020\n \nBill retired from the Ontario Police Department at the rank of Sergeant. During Bill’s tenure at OPD he developed an expertise in traffic accident investigation and impaired driving detection. Bill oversaw two grant funded impaired driving programs, D.A.R.T, and R.I.D.E. During the R.I.DE. program Bill and his crew apprehended 1001 impaired drivers in 73 days.\nUpon Bill’s retirement in 1986, he went to serve with the San Bernardino County Sheriff as a paid Level One Reserve Deputy Sheriff. Bill formed the M.A.I.T., or Major Accident Investigation Team. Bill taught advanced accident investigation and DRE (Drug Recognition Expert) courses at the Sheriff’s regional Training Academy in San Bernardino.\nAs a law enforcement officer, he was present at many scenes where the lives and health of people were threatened. He was directly responsible for saving the lives of three people, one of whom was a nine-year-old drowning victim, who is a mom herself today.\nBill was a Fully Accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist, having passed the very stringent testing procedure of A.T.A.R., the recognized traffic accident reconstruction accrediting agency.\n \nBill completed courses at Northwestern University, Texas A & M, The University of North Florida, Cal-Poly Pomona, Chaffey College, and Riverside Community College, all of which were directed at technical traffic investigation.\nBill belonged to several professional societies and testified in local and federal courts. Bill testified in several states with testimony by declaration in Dijon, France.\nAs a reconstructionist, Bill wrote several newspaper and magazine articles on traffic safety.\nOn December 14, 2002 Bill Married Charlotte (Pope). He always said he could not possibly be happier than Charlotte made him. Bill and Charlotte traveled extensively to parts of Canada on their Goldwing motorcycle. Bill and Charlotte traveled with longtime friends John and Margee Powers to Alaska, Hawaii, Honduras, and the entire lower 48-states of the union.\nCharlotte and Bill moved from Victorville, California, where Bill had retired from the sheriff’s department, to Cedar City, Utah.\nBill maintained his accident reconstruction business, Vector Analysis LLC, and charlotte ran her business, Sommertime Embroidery, out of the residence in Cedar City. Both Bill and Charlotte volunteer at the Iron County, UT Sheriff’s Department. Bill handled the fabrication of specialized equipment, assisted Tom Cullen with vehicle maintenance, and served as Commander of the volunteer unit, V.I.P.S. Bill was an advisor and provided specialized training to the department.\nBill and Charlotte attended the Sommers Reunion each year with Bill hosting the 76th consecutive reunion in Cedar City.\nHe is survived by his wife and partner forever, Charlotte, children; Brenda, and Bill (Krista). Grand children Sydnee, Michael, & Jonathan Sommers; Joseph Loyens. Stepchildren, Jenny Simpkins (James)& Norman Johnston, grandson Levi. Bill, from a Catholic family, has many surviving cousins, uncles and aunt in several states across the country.\nArrangements are under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. \n\nTo plant Memorial Trees in memory of William Charles Sommers, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.