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Mr William Homer Wright, Jr.

Mr William Homer Wright, Jr.
  • November 25, 1928 - February 8, 2017
  • Palm Desert, California

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“May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always. ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: American Heart Association

“I started my career in the groc. industry bagging groceries and worked my way up to be a Store Manager, and during this entire time, Mr Wright was...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Ron Davis - Apple Valley, CA

“Just wanted to once again express my condolences to you and your family., and please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Jana ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Jana Walker - Palm desert, CA

“It didn't take long for me to understand why my husband "Corky" held his Uncle Bill in such high esteem. I became a family member in 1986, with my...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Judy Hearron - Selma, NC - family

“My son Hale and I lived just down the street from Bill and his family for many years. My fondest memory of Bill was his warm and welcoming manner...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Paula Abels - Encinitas, CA

“It was an honor and privilege to have Bill as my father n law. We enjoyed a lot of great and memorable times together. He taught me things I never...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Greg Armstrong - Irvine, CA

“Bill was always the gracious host. He always greeted you with his perfect white hair, his effervescent smile and a big hug. He never had a bad...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Dave & Debbie Rozas - San Pedro, CA

“Teri and FamilyBill was such a dear and special friend who was always so kind and gracious to everyone. Cliff and I had wonderful times with both...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Nancy Gates - Rancho Mirage, CA

“I have very fond memories of Bill (and Janice). Very loving, fun people. He was a wonderful grandfather! I know how much you will miss him! ...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Pam Cleland-Broyles - Palm Desert, CA


Longtime Palm Desert resident Bill Wright, an Army veteran and former district manager for Safeway, died February 8, 2017, at ManorCare in Palm Desert from complications of COPD and congestive heart failure. He was 88.

Bill—known to many as Papa—is lovingly remembered for his joy in being with family and friends, his kindness and generosity, his beautiful smile, his fondness for a tasty cocktail, his stylish attire, his amazingly lush white hair, and his appreciation for fishing (and a great fish story—many of which he told himself!).

William Homer Wright Jr. was born Nov. 25, 1928, in Plainview, Texas, the second of three children. The family moved to California in the early 1940s when he was a young teenager, and he graduated from San Fernando High School in 1946. During his teenage years, he began his long career with Safeway, where he would be employed for 40 years.

Bill was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951, and served during the Korean War. On Oct. 4, 1952, he wed Janice Wilis of Hanford, to whom he would be married nearly 50 years. After his wartime service, he resumed his career with Safeway, and the couple moved with the company from Marysville to Newhall before settling in Palm Desert in 1966. He was active in S.E.A.--Safeway Employees Association and was on the Board of Directors for the Safeway Credit Union for more than 30 years, serving as president for much of that time.

Bill was preceded in death by wife Janice in 2002. He leaves behind a daughter, Teri Armstrong, of Palm Desert; two granddaughters, Ashley Gallinger and husband James, of Parker, Colo., and Lindsay Armstrong and fiancé Aziz Sawaf, of San Francisco, and two great-grandchildren, McKenna and Connor Gallinger, of Parker, Colo.

A Celebration of Life to honor Bill is planned for 1 p.m. Feb. 17 at Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church, 47-321 Highway 74, Palm Desert. Burial will be at Selma Cemetery in Selma, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bill's name may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 742030, Los Angeles, CA 90074-2030 (online at or to a favorite charity.