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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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Chief
Age: 70
Year of Death: 2019

William C. White II

William Clinton “Casey” White II of Artesia, New Mexico, died July 2, 2019, at his beloved Sun Country Volunteer Fire Department in Artesia.

He graduated from Allen Military Academy in Bryan, Texas, and Texas Christian University. Following his service with the National Guard, he was employed for 33 years with Halliburton overseas in Norway, Scotland, Egypt, and Algeria. After retiring from Halliburton, he began his second career in firefighting, serving as a volunteer firefighter with the Sun Country Volunteer Fire Department and founding Pecos Valley Wildfire. He served his community with the fire department for over 25 years, ultimately leading the department as chief.

When he wasn’t at the fire department, you could find him at the Eddy County Shooting Range or shooting in tournaments around the country.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Clinton White and Bettye Jo Brainard White.

He is survived by a daughter, Emily Ayliffe White Keatley; son-in-law, Edward Benton Keatley; and two grandsons, Arthur Theodore Keatley and Louis Benton Keatley, all of Kansas City, Missouri.

He was a loving father and grandfather and a dedicated servant of his community. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

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