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William Eugene Eli was born on a cool Wednesday evening, January 30, 1980 in Corona, California. He attended Elementary Institute of Science, Kennedy Elementary, O’Farrell Middle School, and La Jolla High School. He was on the football and wrestling team and received Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in Track & Field while attending La Jolla High School. William was dedicated to excellence. Among his many skills, he was a powerful writer and had an outstanding vocabulary. He received a scholarship to SDSU. While at SDSU he chose to pursue another major and attended other universities. He graduated from CSU San Bernardino with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.
He reconnected with high school classmate Kim Alford and joined her in holy matrimony in 2015. Zoey, their much-loved pup joined their union.
William worked as an underwriter in the over 15 years he spent in the insurance industry. He also worked in the Solar Industry as a surveyor for Tesla.
William loved spending time with family and his many friends locally and around the world. His smile, quick wit, selflessness and can-do spirit was always in demand no matter where he was. He was compassionate and empathized with others that were less fortunate. He enjoyed helping others as best as he could.
William had many interests and met many friends through clubs and associations like Team Blur (cars) and Lost Dynasty RC (motorcycles). He also developed a life-long bond with the Leaf Court posse. These friendships were supportive as well as unbreakable as they met the challenges and triumphs of life.
His other interests included:
Remote Control (RC) vehicles
Computers, Software and other Technology
William was dedicated to his craft and worked hard to excel at every task he attempted.
On December 21, 2023, God called William home to be among the angels. He leaves to mourn his passing, parents Junius Eli and Vickie Williams Eli, sister Yvonne Eli, brothers Erin and Brian Eli, cousins Kenneth Davis Jr, Tiffany Suetos, and Chandra Williams, aunt Deborah Deadwiler, ex-wife Kim Alford, nephews and nieces, other family, neighbors and friends.
William was preceded in death by his grandparents Molden and Bernice Williams, aunt Brenda Love, and uncles Michael and Robert Williams.
Reflective Thoughts of William
Parents: William was a super smart, kind, patient, generous and loving son, brother, cousin and friend. He would always come through when you needed him most. We loved you relentlessly and will miss you terribly.
Vincent and Tiffany: William was extremely brilliant. He possessed many admirable qualities, but his kindness and warmth stood out the most. Being around him, one could feel his loyalty and genuine concern for others. William had a dry humor that only a few could appreciate. He was reserved but attentive to those around him. He was a precious soul to me, and I hope he knew how much he was loved. We love and will miss you very much.
Kenny and the Davis boys: Will you were my cousin from birth and by blood. I will miss you forever. Will the perspective you brought in conversations made the world better, just because your point of view was in it. There is a hole in our family where you used to stand. There’s a hole in all of our hearts which was never planned.
Albert: Will was caring, self-less, genuine, talented, intelligent, and mechanically inclined.
Errol and Family: Will embraced life with an unparallelled passion for the 30+ years I’ve known him. Always willing to drop what he was doing to come help anyone who asked. May his soul find eternal peace, and may the memories we hold dear serve as a tribute to Will. A confidant soul, whose presence will be missed forever. Rest in Power William Eli. Till we meet again Brother.
Frank: Love, care respect, honor morals…he had them all. Mom taught him well or something.