William attended the Reynolds country school and Eldorado High School.
He entered the Navy in 1942 and served in Providence, RI and in Bermuda during World War II.
After the war, he attended Texas Tech, graduating with an Agriculture Economics degree.
He married Mary Lee Gunstead from Eldorado, TX in 1950 and they had four children.
William and Mary Lee farmed and raised their family in the Lobo Valley south of Van Horn.
He farmed from 1953 to 1974, and then entered the contract trucking business for the last 10 years of his working career.