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October 16, 2008 3:33 am

William T. Talbott

Written by Tribune Staff

(Jan. 6, 1931 - Oct. 10, 2008)

Former Powell resident William T. Talbott, 77, died Friday, Oct. 10 at Yuma, Ariz.

He had retired in 1989 from a career with Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph Company that had seen him rise from lineman to engineering supervisor for the entire state of Wyoming at Casper.

He was born Jan. 6, 1931, in Wheatland, son of Edward E. Talbott and Inez Alderdice Talbott. He was raised in Greybull and Powell, graduating from Powell High School in 1949. He married Mary Joan Fales in Powell on Nov. 4, 1950.

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1951 and served in Korea. After the war, he began working for the telephone company in 1955.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing in the Shoshone National Forest. He and his wife enjoyed traveling together. He loved being with his family.

He was a member of the LDS Church and held many callings through the years. He served two missions with his wife.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Edward W. Talbott; two daughters, Catherine Wilson and Diana Birkrem; a brother, Gerald (Mike) Talbott; two sisters, Nan Harvey and Peggy Talbott; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Jackie McArthur.

Funeral services are in Casper with burial in Powell's Crown Hill Cemetery Saturday. Memorials may be made to the LDS Missionary Fund.