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In Memory of

William Valdespino

November 19, 1931 - September 10, 2017

Obituary


William Valdespino, 85, of Lithia, Florida passed away on September 10, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carole Nichols Valdespino; his daughter Adair Kopperud, her husband Bob and his sons Bobby and Chad; son Bill Valdespino, his wife Kelly and grandchildren Nic, Vada and Stella. Also surviving are nephew Raul Valdespino and his wife Karen and nieces Darla Sizemore and Dori Withee. He was preceded in death by his parents Raul and Mercedes Valdespino, brother Raul Valdespino and sister Maria Valdespino.
Will was born on November 19, 1931 in the...

William Valdespino, 85, of Lithia, Florida passed away on September 10, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carole Nichols Valdespino; his daughter Adair Kopperud, her husband Bob and his sons Bobby and Chad; son Bill Valdespino, his wife Kelly and grandchildren Nic, Vada and Stella. Also surviving are nephew Raul Valdespino and his wife Karen and nieces Darla Sizemore and Dori Withee. He was preceded in death by his parents Raul and Mercedes Valdespino, brother Raul Valdespino and sister Maria Valdespino.
Will was born on November 19, 1931 in the same Ybor City home he lived in for over forty years. He graduated from Hillsborough High School in 1950 and spent the next few years working at American Can Company, putting himself through the University of Tampa where he was a member of Rho Nu Delta fraternity. He graduated in 1955 and began his career in education. In 1960 Will took advantage of the National Defense Education Act to receive advanced teacher training. This program took him to Louisiana State University where he met Carole. The two were married in 1961 at First United Methodist Church in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Will served the School District of Hillsborough County for over forty years as a teacher and guidance counselor at Sulphur Springs Junior High, Van Buren Junior High and Burns Middle School. He was passionate about the sport of baseball and spent over a decade on the fields of South Brandon Little League, Brandon Leaguerettes and Brandon Pony Colt coaching his children who share his love for the sport. Upon retiring, in addition to traveling, Will and Carole attended nearly every Tampa Bay Rays home game since the team's beginning. Together they attended over 1,500 games. Will was a faithful member of New Hope United Methodist Church in Brandon, its Ray Harrison Sunday School class and its Senior Men's Bible Study. He will also be missed by his breakfast group who shared café con leche every Thursday morning in Ybor City.
In addition to great memories perhaps the greatest gift he left for all who knew him is his contagious spirit of unselfishness, humility, loyalty and faithfulness.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Sunday, September 17, at New Hope United Methodist Church, 121 N. Knights Avenue, Brandon Florida. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be sent to the church designated for the United Methodist Committee on Relief to assist families in need because of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.