William H. (Bill) Garland, 63, of Sheridan, passed away at his home on April 9, 2019, after a valiant battle with cancer. Bill was born on June 7, 1955, to Gerald and Edith Garland and grew up in the Buffalo area.
After graduating from high school in 1973, Bill joined the Army, serving primarily in Germany.
Upon returning to Wyoming, he worked for a period of time at Decker Coal Company. Bill then worked for MacWhyte Company where he developed and honed his impressive sales and business skills. In 1992, he formed Garland Enterprises for real estate development. His vision and skills led to the construction of the Sparrowhawk, Nighthawk and the Summit subdivisions. Under Garland Enterprises, he purchased and operated A&B Building Supplies and continued to develop commercial real estate, including East Ridge Industrial Park. Bill always had his eye open for a good project and the prospect of making it happen.
Bill married Donna Keeler in 1983. They later divorced. One of his greatest pleasures was devoting his love to stepchildren Dan Keeler, Julie Keeler (Moore) and step-grandchildren, Gabrielle, Andy and Grace Moore.
Bill enjoyed collecting and selling classic cars, traveling, cooking, time spent with friends and family and the “art of the deal.”
After a lengthy and happy relationship with Diana Metz, they married in a small intimate ceremony at their home on Jan. 1, 2019. They had a celebration of love, family and friendships on March 18, 2019.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald Garland; step-parents, Sundown Taffner and Eva Garland; and brother-in law, Arturo Vasco. Bill leaves behind his wife, Diana Garland; his mother, Edith Taffner; his sister, Chriss Vasco; brothers, Kelly Garland (Roxane) and George Garland (Georgie); and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
A service celebrating Bill’s life will be held at 2 p.m. April 27 at First Baptist Church in Sheridan with the Rev. Kevin Jones officiating. A reception at the Sheridan Elks Lodge will immediately follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Sheridan Elks Building Fund or charity of your choice.