William (Bill) Howard Hardman, AKA “Willie the Boot”, age 80, Grantsville, Utah, passed away peacefully Saturday Jan. 9, 2021. All who knew him knew he lived life to the fullest. He will be remembered by family and friends for his multitude of passions and his love for adrenaline and speed.
From his early years of wrenching on hot rods, to racing dirt bikes, or hot rodding the local canyons on his sport bike or Harley Davidson, there is a good chance if you have ever been passed at a high rate of speed while traveling the local winding canyon roads by a sport bike, it was probably Willie.
Willie also had a passion for human-powered sports which led him to compete in many triathlons, marathons and 100-mile bicycle rides. Bill was a fitness fanatic and he excelled at his passion for mountain biking, earning him a gold medal at the World Senior Games. These passions continued well into the later years of his life.
If we had to describe him in just a word to sum up his personality it would be “witty,” for he was known for always having an appropriate and typically smart-ass comeback. All these memories will be forever cherished by all who knew him. The legacy he leaves is the love of spending time together with friends and family enjoying life.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents Howard and Lois Hardman, and his wife Lorna (Whitehouse) Hardman. He is survived by brothers Bob Hardman, Jim (Shawna) Hardman; sister Bonni Boutsikaris; son Terry (Stephanie) Hardman; daughters Kim (John) Maschi, Colby (Zac) Rinck; stepsons Ryan (Christy) Whitehouse, Gary (Jackie) Whitehouse, Dean (Michelle) Whitehouse; stepdaughter Jennifer (John) Allen; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren; and a host of devoted nieces, cousins and friends.
Willie is now able to enjoy the ride again.
An informal celebration of life will be held to honor this great man Saturday, Jan. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Dalton Hoopes Funeral Home, 50 W. Main St., Grantville, Utah. Please do not over-dress for this event. If didn’t involve jeans and a t-shirt, Bill was resistant to participate! Online condolences and memories may be shared at daltonhoopes.com.