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Willis Jefferson Moffitt[1]

Male 1918 - 2006  (88 years)


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  • Name Willis Jefferson Moffitt 
    Gender Male 
    Born 8 April 1918  Livingston, Park Co., Montana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1920  Livingston, Park Co., Montana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1930  163 South F Street, Livingston, Park Co., Montana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1940  1551 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, Los Angeles Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Obituary Bill Moffitt, 88; Father of Athletes Billie Jean King, Randy Moffitt
    June 18, 2006|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

    Bill Moffitt, 88, the father of tennis star Billie Jean King and former major league pitcher Randy Moffitt, died Friday at his home in Prescott, Ariz., after a brief illness, World TeamTennis spokeswoman Rosie Crews said Saturday.

    Born April 8, 1918, in Montana, Moffitt lived much of his adult life in Long Beach before retiring to Prescott.

    A former Long Beach City College basketball player, Moffitt served in the Navy in World War II.

    He spent 35 years with the Long Beach Fire Department. He also was a scout for the Milwaukee Brewers.

    In addition to his daughter and son, Moffitt is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty.  [2
    Died 18 June 2006  Prescott, Yavapai Co., Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I77169  Clan Moffat Genealogy
    Last Modified 2 October 2014 

    Father Willis D Moffitt, Jr,   b. 28 June 1891, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. about 1935  (Age 43 years) 
    Mother Blanche “Gammie” Leighton,   b. 1898, Lowell, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes - date unknown 
    Family ID F54080  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Betty R Jerman,   b. 26 May 1922, Taft, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 February 2014, Prescott, Yavapai Co., Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 1941  Long Beach, Los Angeles Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Billie-Jean Moffitt,   b. 22 November 1943, Long Beach, Los Angeles Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Randall James Moffitt,   b. 13 October 1948, Long Beach, Los Angeles Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F54079  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Was a College Basketball Star

      Moved from Montana to California aged 13. He served in the US Navy during World War 2, afterwards he served for 35 years as a firefighter at the Long Beach Fire Department. [3]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2636] GEDCOM file titled “Billie Jean King”, submitted by Colin Moffat.

    2. [S2639] Obituary for Willis Jefferson Moffitt, published on website of Los Angeles Times.

    3. [S2641] TV Show titled “Finding Your Roots” with Dr Henry Louis Gates.



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