William Dean Bonawitz

Aug 2, 1951 – Dec 16, 2015

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"Anyone can be a father, it takes a special person to be a dad."

William "Bill" D. Bonawitz, 64, was born August 2, 1951 in Twin Falls, Idaho to Roy W. Bonawitz and Marie J. Bonawitz (Nee Hasch). Bill passed away peacefully on December 16, 2015 after a long battle with skin cancer. He Resided in the Tukwila area of Washington State for many years before moving to Arizona for the last few. Bill had many signature quotes, a abundant sense of humor, a smile always on his face, and a selfless manor. He will be remembered for his endless loving heart, nurturing ways, and love of all people and animals. Bill will be greatly missed by his long time spouse LaJuana Robinson, children John Forest, Sandra Robinson, Bobby (Amanda) Robinson, Christopher Forest, Michelle Bonawitz, Laura Bonawitz, and many grandchildren. Inurnment will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery Tuesday, August 2nd 2016 at 3:00 pm with a "birthday celebration" dinner following.


J Saldana
Apr 23, 2016

I am so deeply sorry for the loss of William. Revelation 21:4 tells us what God will soon do: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.

Bobby Robinson
El Mirage , AZ
Feb 17, 2016

Bill was a very special person that I'm proud to have known for so many years. He wasn't my real father or even step father technically, because my mother never got a chance to marry him but he was the closest thing I have ever had. He told me weeks before he passed that he was so proud of me and he wished that If he could have another son that it would be me. I felt so honored At that moment in that kitchen Bill opened up to me and cried his poor eyes out, told me how much he cared about me because he knew that he wasn't going to make it through this battle with cancer. That was the first and last time I ever saw him cry, I miss you so much, love you Dad.

Melody Young
Seattle, WA
Feb 17, 2016

Dear Bill,

I wanted to thank you for being Laura's dad. I know how much your love means to her and how loving you made her a better person. I see how caring for you taught her to care deeply for others, whether it be her family, co-workers, friends or the families she serves. I know you will not be forgotten - Laura will tell T every silly, adventurous, brave story about the time you two shared ... because it meant so much. Rest easy Bill and know that you were a great dad.

My sympathies to the rest of Laura's family as well.

~ Melody Young

Lori Nunberg
San Antonio, TX
Feb 17, 2016

Laura, I never had the pleasure of knowing your dad, but in the time I've known you, I can tell what a special person he was to everyone that knew him. His legacy carries on within you and T, and the beautiful souls you both have.

Thinking of you always!

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