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Mr. William Dettman
  • Memorial Tributes can be made to an organization that Bill deeply believed in.
  • Agape Childrens Village
    PO BOX 1627
    Cathedral City, CA 92235-1627

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“Hi Sheri, I was at the NAMM show recently in Anaheim and heard the sad news of Bill's passing.I use to work along side with Bill at Pro Sound & Stage...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Dave Lopez - Eagle Rock, CA

“Sheri - I'll never forget the first time I met you and Bill at RiverRim in Bend, Oregon. As a real estate professional myself, I had asked Bill if...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Arlene Edwards - Bend, OR

“Bill, a good guy!Ice Capades broomball 1970-71. ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: Mike Edwards - Calgary - Friend

“I met Bill at the West Covina Ice Arena in 196...7? 8? He and I were skating friends for only a short while until I joined Ice Capades and was...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Gail Barnhill (nee Berger) - AZ

“I worked with Bill in Ice Capades for many years and remember Bill as a kind gentle giant, always with a smile on his face. I am sure he will be...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Darlene "Pepe" Anthony - CA

“Sheri,I heard of Bill's passing from the Ice Capades Alumnai group.I did not know Bill as it appeared that he was involved in theshow after my...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Tom Sheridan - La Quinta, CA

“Dear Sheri, we were deeply saddened by the loss of your beloved Bill. You two were a beautiful team together in life and business. We are truly...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Annie Nathenson - LaQuinta, CA

“Sheri,I am so sorry for your loss. I remember when you met Bill, he was a very sweet and kind man. I know he will be missed. Please remember, I'm...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Kim Ray - La Honda, CA - Friend

“Dear Sheri,We've known you and Bill a short time, but shared some fun evenings in the Griffin Club. Bill was always fun and kind and so proud of you...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Patti and Dan Carson - LaQuinta, CA

“Just learned of Bill's passing and wanted to send my deepest condolences to those who are left behind. I cannot imagine the loss you are feeling. He...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Kirianah Klinginsmith - CA

“Awesome optics....at any restaurant that I ran into Bill and Sheri I would see them say a prayer together then kiss before they ate dinner ! Love...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Kay Bastasini - La Quinta, CA

“Dearest Sheri - Obviously I never met Bill, but by his picture he looks so kind, sweet, and loving. You had 11 glorious years with him and I am sure...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Jacki Moen - Los Angeles, CA

“Sherri,We are so shocked and saddened by Bill's passing. You were a great team together and we will miss him. We had much in common and hoped to see...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Carol and Don Seable - Friend

“I always enjoyed talking cars and airplanes with Bill. Especially the early days of aviation in Hawaii. A mutual interest that made sharing time and...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: mick mathewson - indio, CA

“Bill, as time goes on, I will light many candles in your memory, as the kind and caring son-in-law that you were to me. The last day that I saw you,...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Frances Hicks - Laguna Niguel, CA

“Sheri,I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Although I have never personally met Bill, I have heard such wonderful comments about him. My sincere...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Diane Clervi - La Quinta, CA

“My dear friend Sheri, im so very sorry for your loss. ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: Annette Weaver - Hemet, CA

“I'm very sorry to hear of William's loss. He sounded like a really wonderful man with a great sense of humor. We need more people like him. Sorry...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Katy Washburne - Gilbert, AZ


Bill Dettman, the most generous, caring man, quietly passed away on August 25, 2016 after a three month battle with cancer.

Bill always greeted everyone he met with a smile and he was quick with his own style of jokes, cracking up restaurant staff, especially when they'd ask if he had reservations. He would reply, "Yes, but we came anyway".

In the hospital when the doctors would ask him how he was feeling, he would reply, "With my hands".

He never complained, never asked why. He always had said that God has a plan for each of us and it seems that he accepted that.

Bill was an avid golfer and a great chess player. He had an ongoing 45-year match with his best friend in Vancouver, Frank Hook.

Anyone who knew Bill knew his love of cars, RV's, boats, planes, trains and any kind of technology. He would research anything and everything and always negotiated the best deals and believed in having the best not only for himself, but for those around him.

He also loved Hawaii where he had a home on the Big island for several years. He lived in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach prior to relocating to La Quinta in the early 2000's.

Bill was born in Chicago but raised in West Covina from the age of four. He joined the Ice Capades at 19 and traveled the world with them, until 1973 when he settled in Vancouver, Canada taking on sound and lighting for groups such as Heart and Tina Turner at the Oil Can Harry nightclub. Following this, he started one of the first mobile DJ businesses and grew that into Pro Sound and Stage Lighting, which this year, is celebrating its 40 year anniversary. Bill sold Pro Sound in 2005 and tried retiring but his entrepreneurial spirit would not allow him to.

He met his wife, Sheri, in La Quinta in 2005 and three months later they were married. When they went to get their marriage license, the clerk said to Sheri, "He's never been married, never had kids?" and Bill's reply was always that he had been waiting for the best. About 5 minutes later the clerk's system crash and she joked that it was Bill's information that did it.

In 2007 Bill and Sheri started Sheri Dettman & Associates and quickly became one of the top producing teams in the desert. Bill stayed behind the scenes and developed the state-of-the-art marketing that drives the business. Always ahead of the curve, he was the first to use drones to produce real video, with Sheri doing the narration. As one of Bill's friends recently said to Sheri, "Bill does the work of four people"!

Bill was appreciated by his friends and associates for being so very generous and kind-hearted and for kick-starting so many people's careers. His honesty and integrity was no surprise to those who knew him. As his accountant said to Sheri, "Bill always did the right thing even if it meant that he wouldn't profit as much. He didn't even try to bend the rules. He was always honest."

Bill loved to travel and he and Sheri enjoyed memorable trips to Italy especially. Bend, Oregon was another of their favorite places to visit in the summer.

Bill and Sheri adopted two cats from the "orphanage" in Bend the year they were married and the kitties were always a source of joy to Bill.

Many thanks to all of Bill's friends that came to see him and share with him how much they loved him. Up until the end Bill was giving fist bumps.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Perry & Evelyn Dettman and his sister, Sandy Tannahill. Survivors include his wife Sheri Dettman and his 7 nephews.

A memorial service will be held this fall in La Quinta, CA. Memorial tributes can be made to an organization that Bill deeply believed in:
http://agapechildrensvillage.com/

Bill was one of a kind and will be missed and remembered by everyone who came in contact with him.