William Ambrose Donovan, age 73, died of congenital heart failure and other medical issues on November 29, 2018, in his home in McKinleyville.

William — also known as Bill, Mr. Bill and Billy — is survived by his wife, Sue Donovan; his sons, Rick and Shawn Donovan; and his daughter, Cheryl Donovan Hovis and her husband Michael Hovis; as well as grandchildren Halie, Malia, Ashley (and her husband Jackson), Jaymee, Lindsey, Madison and Lydia. He is preceded in death by his father, Ambrose Donovan; his mother, Louise Banks Donovan; his brother, Patrick John Donovan; and his twin sister, Maureen Louise Donovan.

William was born on December 12, 1944 in Washington. He later moved to McKinleyville and graduated from Arcata High School. After graduation, he began working as a clerk in the grocery store industry. He worked for Safeway for more than thirty years and retired. He then accepted a position at Fieldbrook School as part of the maintenance team, where he worked for around ten years before retiring again.

William was a great family man and a loving father. He married Sue in 1965 and the couple had three children together. William was an active man who enjoyed yard work as well as quiet activities such as reading and watching television. His favorite activities were spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. His family and friends will always remember him for his big heart, sense of humor, and overall wonderful father, husband and friend.

William’s wishes will be honored, so no funeral or services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Shriners Hospital for Children by calling (916) 453-2037 or by sending a donation to Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 or by going online to Shriners Hospital Donations.

The family of William Donovan wishes to thank everyone for their support and prayers.


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