William "Will" Batok

Born: Fri., Jan. 21, 1966
Died: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018

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William Batok, he preferred Will, and to his immediate family, was also known as Bill and Billy.  He was the baby in a family of seven children.  He was 52 years old at the time of his death on December 29, 2018 in Cripple Creek, Colorado.   William fought for many years against the ravages of type 1 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and ultimately, they won.  
He was the only one of his siblings born in the state of California.  He was born on January 21, 1966 to John and Mary Batok.  William was born in Anaheim, California and his family moved to Palm Desert, California in the summer of that same year.  The family moved to San Jose, California in 1974 and they retuned to southern California in 1975.  Will began school in Palm Desert, continued in San Jose and completed elementary, middle, and high school in Garden Grove, California.  He was a graduate of Rancho Alamitos High School.
William was passionate about science and motorcycles and airplanes.  He spent time assembling model airplanes; working to get them to appear as close to reality as possible.  Riding motorcycles was his version of flying on the ground.  He loved it so much that once he even had a slight run-in with the law about going over the speed limit.  He always loved science and it was an easy subject for him in school.  A few years ago the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry held a contest looking for someone to live in the museum for 30 days.  Will created and submitted a video to be considered for the opportunity.  He didn’t get the job, but if you’ve never seen it, go to his Facebook page, or have a friend take you there, and watch it.  It’s hilarious and it will show you a side of him you may not have known.  Heraldry was another of was Will’s interests.  He traced our maternal family roots back to France and Scotland, and in honor of that history, he would occasionally wear a kilt of our ancestral tartan.  William worked in a variety of industries throughout his life. The jobs that gave him the most satisfaction were the ones he had while living in Colorado.  Victor and Cripple Creek, Colorado are historic mining towns in the mountains west of Colorado Springs.   He worked at the Victor Hotel, the Cripple Creek District Museum, and lastly, at Bronco Billy’s Casino. He did all his heraldry research at the museum but he enjoyed working at the casino the most.  The relationships he had with his co-workers and customers was supportive and familial.  The casino held a Celebration of Life for Will on January 4th.  The outpouring of care and support from those who attended was heartfelt and gratifying.  Many of the attendees told personal stories about Will and many shared with his brother how important he was to each of them.     
William is survived by sisters Mary Ellen Mayer and Janet Marie Ingram, brothers Joseph Edward and Thomas-John, sister-in-law Mary Margaret Batok and brothers-in-law Arthur Mayer and Wallace Thomas Skok.  He is also survived by six nieces and nephews and seven great nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his father John, mother Mary, eldest brother John Andrew, and brother Steven.

A memorial service for the family is planned for the future.  To honor William, please consider making a donation in his name to the American Diabetes Association at diabetes.org.

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Ismael (Mel) Gonzalez
   Posted Tue January 15, 2019
Will, a great GM, DM and friend. Miss ya, buddy.

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