He grew up in Provo where he attended Parker Elementary, Farrer Jr. High, and Provo High School. He was an adventurous child who loved to roam the mountains east of the city. He spent his summers working on his grandfather’s ranch in Bloomington, Idaho. After his first year at BYU, he was inducted into the army and served throughout the Western US.
While stationed at Ft. Douglas, a blind date on July 24th, 1942, introduced him to Berniece McEntire from Ogden, Utah. They courted by rail, between Provo, Salt Lake, and Ogden. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on January 4, 1943 and began a loving relationship that would last over 70 years. Berniece followed him wherever she could during the war years, as Bill trained for early MASH units.
When the war ended, they returned to Provo where Bill completed his undergraduate work, graduating in 1948.He was accepted to medical school at the University of Maryland. Late that summer, they packed up their belongings and moved to Baltimore. The medical school experience was grueling but the young couple made friends that lasted their entire lives.
Bill graduated in 1952 and joined the U. S. Public Health Service to do his internship and residency in surgery. This took the little family from Seattle, to Portland, OR, then back to Baltimore, and finally to Lexington, KY. He received training in general surgery and urology where he was appointed Chief in each service. In 1962 He left the USPHS and went into private practice in Bountiful, Utah. He practiced medicine there for 25 years as chief of surgery for South Davis Community Hospital and Lakeview Hospital. He was an exceptional surgeon and a compassionate healer. He retired in 1987.
Bill had a strong testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. He lived an exemplary life and served in the church in many capacities including Bishop of the first Baltimore Second Ward. He was a stalwart example of a Christ-like man. His kindness, tenderness, integrity, and love for others shone through everything he did. Bill and Berniece served two medical missions for the LDS Church. The first was in Tonga where he was an advisor to the hospital system. The second was in Nauvoo, Illinois, where he acted as medical consultant for the North American Central Region.
Bill and Berniece enjoyed exploring the world for the next few years. They traveled to Alaska several times, to Africa, and Europe (visiting Russia just months before the Berlin Wall came down). They drove the highways and back roads of the West, by motorhome, four wheel drive, motorcycles, and boats. Bill loved the great outdoors and had a wide and well known love of adventure.
The Dunfords moved to Cedar City, Utah, in 2002 where they spent the last eleven years of their lives. They had the gift of making tender loving friendships wherever they went.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife Berniece, his parents, brothers Dean and Paul, Grandsons Kevin and Trevour, and great grandson Trevor Eggett.
He is survived by his children Kristene (Clyde) Eggett, Nancy (Bob Tibbets), Nick (Rebekah), Paul (Ruby), 12 grandchildren, and 24 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Marilyn Mooney, Diane Glasgow, and Carol (Mo) Jackman all of Provo and Orem.
A viewing and short memorial service will be held in Cedar City on Friday, June 21st at 5:30 PM, with the informal memorial service at 7 PM, at the Southern Utah Mortuary, 190 North 300 West. A viewing will be held in Bountiful on Monday, June 24th at 11:30 in the Canyon Park Ward, 1190 E. Bountiful Hills Drive. The funeral will begin there at 1 PM, with the Interment following the services in the Lakeview Memorial Estates cemetery in Bountiful under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be made at www.sumortuary.com.