William J. Meyer, 79, of Camarillo, passed away on July 29, 2020 at home and in the loving presence of his two daughters: Christie and Amanda, and his son-in-law Mike.
He was known by several nicknames to those who affectionately considered him family, including Bill, Daddio, Jeep (his Air Force nickname), Pop, and King Halibut (just to name a few). Throughout his lifetime, his generous nature and a positive, upbeat, warm personality endeared him to many.
Bill loved the California sunshine, bright flowers, music, people watching, duck hunting, fishing, movies, and roller coasters. On weekends he was always on the go to outdoor concerts, fairs, amusement parks, and traveling. Many wonderful times were spent on family trips to Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Disneyland and Magic Mountain. He was deeply patriotic and felt honor and pride to contribute to our country’s protection and well-being by serving four years in the Air Force, then 44 years working for Grumman Aerospace first as a tech rep and later an electrical engineer. After retiring, he found his new passion: commercial ocean fishing. The winning catch of a 39.5 lb. halibut in the 2000 Channel Islands Halibut Tournament earned him the title of “King Halibut.”
He was born and raised in Huntington, New York, but spent the majority of his adult life basking in the California sun. In 1971, he married Janet Cecaci, and together they had two daughters. Although they divorced in 1988 they remained good friends and supported each other until his passing. He is survived by his daughters Christie Batt of Westlake Village, his son-in-law Mike Batt of Westlake Village, and his daughter Amanda Meyer of Camarillo.
He is also survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law: Frank and Billie Jean Meyer of Lake Grove, NY, Richard and Irene Meyer of Toano, VA, Jerald and Elise Meyer of Winterhaven, NC, and Sherry Meyer-McNally of Groton, CT. Preceding him in death were his parents Frank Meyer of Smithtown, NY and Mary Rose Sarno of Islip NY, his sister Patricia Meyer of Charlotte, NC and his brother Thomas Meyer of Groton, CT.
Funeral mass will be held on Saturday, August 15 at 10 a.m. at Padre Serra Parish Catholic Church: 5205 Upland Rd. Camarillo, CA. Mass will be held outdoors. Private interment will be held at Bakersfield National Cemetery.
He was deeply devoted to the care and support of his family and will be missed by many.
In lieu of flowers, please consider planting a memorial tree in memory of William Meyer.