Bill Belt (William C.), 60, went to be with Jesus at his home in Riggins, Idaho, on July 15, 2014. Bill was born Feb. 7, 1954, at the family home in Lewiston, Idaho, to Logan and Viola Belt. He was raised in Lewiston, Idaho, until the family moved to Riggins in 1972 where Bill graduated from high school in 1975. He enjoyed playing football for the Riggins team.
After high school Bill moved to Alaska where he worked with his father, Logan, and his brother, Leslie, in the construction trades. Bill went on to become a master carpenter and worked on many Alaskan projects. He also spent a number of years as the maintenance superintendent for several Alaskan logging camps. He earned a reputation in the camps as a man who could fix most anything and was known as a remodel specialist on the old trailer houses the loggings camps used. Bill was also known for his skill in fine woodwork on commercial and pleasure boats. Bill loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting.
Bill moved back to Riggins in the early 2000s where he lived until his death. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Logan and Viola Belt; and sisters, Donna Lee Belt and Carole Weree. Bill is survived by two brothers, Leslie Belt of Lubbock, Texas, and Jim Belt of Marysville, Wash.; and sisters, Esther Benson of Nampa, Idaho, and Janet Blewett of Lewiston, Idaho; numerous nephews and nieces.
Graveside services will be held at the John Day Creek cemetery Thursday, July 24, at 11 a.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.
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