William ‘Bill’ Layne Burgoyne: May 27, 1962 – March 3, 2021



Bill was born in Portland, Ore., on May 27, 1962. He was lovingly raised by his parents Dixie and Robert Burgoyne with his brother Rick. Bill fondly recalled his childhood with his brother and parents. Often sharing memories of him and his brother, family camping trips, the sound of his father’s piano playing, and his admiration for his mother’s dedication to them.

In 1981, Bill joined the U.S. Navy, in which he served a 20-year career. He was a proud Seabee and used their “Can Do” motto throughout all aspects of his life.

Bill met his wife of 40 years, Darcie, in middle school. They grew up as friends in shared social circles. While away at boot camp, Bill entered Darcie in a “Sailors Sweetheart” competition. Despite not being sweethearts at the time, he won the competition and her heart through his persistence and ability to make her laugh.

In 1982, they married and together had four children. They traveled where the Navy sent them, moving 13 times before eventually settling on Whidbey Island, Wash. In 1998, Bill made chief and closed out his Navy career in 2001. Following his retirement, he continued to serve the government working in Civil Service. He was a proud veteran and a dedicated employee.

Bill had four children: Joshua, Briana, Sarah, and Matthew. He was a loving and devoted father. He took great pride in their accomplishments and was always their biggest supporter. He taught them hard work, loyalty, forgiveness, the importance of laughter, and that family is what matters most.

In 2004, Bill was made a “papa” for the first time when his granddaughter Alexus was born. He admired her dedication to achieving her goals and adored her kind heart. In 2012 he was once again gifted with more grandchildren, Shayla and Jaxson. Bill loved going to their school and sporting events and simply spending his time with them. In 2016, he was given another grandson, Shae, and shortly after that, Bryer. He found joy in Shae’s funny nature and cherished Bryer’s tender demeanor.

In 2019, Bill was diagnosed with metastatic cancer, but he maintained his “Can-Do” mentality. Bill endured 27 chemotherapy infusions with unending perseverance and incredible strength. His fight against cancer taught us all to love deeper, be truly present, and to take life and really live it.

Bill will be remembered for his outgoing personality, the joy he found in laughter, his dedication to hard work, the love he had for his family, and the strength he showed us all.

A military service was held for family March 18 at Tahoma National Cemetery. Friends and family are welcome to celebrate Bill’s life 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 26 at Rocky Point Recreation Area (Can-Do-Inn), Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallin-Stucky Funeral Home, Oak Harbor, Wash. Please visit Bill’s page in our Book of Memories online at www.wallinfuneral home.com to share memories and leave condolences.



More in Obituaries

Glendenning, Joey
Joey Lyn (McCraw) Glendenning

Joey, 44, was born March 26, 1977 in Manteca, Calif., to Jimmy… Continue reading

Wright, Lele
Lele Alene Wright: July 7, 1939 – March 26, 2021

Lela Alene (Sandy) Wright, 81 passed away peacefully in her sleep on… Continue reading

Pitzel, Guy
Guy Pitzel: Died April 3, 2021

Guy Pitzel passed away on April 3, 2021. Guy is survived by… Continue reading

Woodring, Beta
Beta Woodring: Nov. 2, 1938 – March 31, 2021

Beta Woodring was born in Tutuila Samoa Nov. 2, 1938, but considered… Continue reading

Richardson, Richard
Richard Richardson Jr.: Died March 13, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family of Richard Richardson Jr.… Continue reading

Coles, Marjorie
Marjorie Jean (Olts) Cole: July 12, 1928 – March 10, 2021

Marjorie (Marge to her friends) was born in Ketchikan Alaska on July… Continue reading

Dillard, Daniel
Daniel ‘Dan’ Dillard III: July 21, 1940 – June 19, 2020

Daniel ‘Dan’ Dillard III was born on July 21, 1940 and passed… Continue reading

Penelope Hill: Jan. 10, 1941 – Nov. 4, 2020

Penelope Hill of Freeland, Wash. passed away on Nov. 4, 2020 following… Continue reading

Clausen, Corinne
Corrine Frances Clausen: March 20, 2021

Corrine Frances Clausen, beloved wife of 67 years to Alfred Henry Clausen… Continue reading

Most Read