August 10, 1947 - January 23, 2019

Lloyd William Ballard “Bill”, born August 10, 1947 passed away in Bakersfield on January 23, 2019 at the age of 71. Bill was born in Madera, California and moved to Taft for the remainder of his life. He graduated from Taft High School Class of 1965. After high school Bill was drafted in 1968 serving in the US Army as an infantryman during the Vietnam War. He is preceded in death by his father Tom Ballard, brother RB Moon and stepdaughter Kimberly LaMarsna. He survived by the love of his life Dianna Ballard for 37 wonderful years, his mother Helen Ballard, children Scott and Maria Hughes of Bakersfield, Dena and Ryan Wissink of Fresno, Dawn Evans of Taft and Jason and Sara Ballard of Kansas.

His siblings include Patricia Ballard of Oklahoma, Tom and Sue Ballard of Oklahoma, Sharon and Keith McElmurry of Taft, Stan Ballard of Oregon, Coleen and Doug Hoskins of Fresno, David and Terry Ballard of Arroyo Grande, seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and many nieces and nephews. Bill worked in the oil industry around Taft and California for many years. He loved his wife and family where he enjoyed family gatherings, watching sporting events, hunting and fishing, talking with friends, traveling to VA events and being with his two dogs Rory and Tory. A funeral service will be held at the Bakersfield National Cemetery, located at 30338 E. Bear Mountain Blvd., Arvin, CA on Wednesday February 6, 2019 at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Marley’s Mutts or Trixie Hodges in Taft. The arrangements are under the direction of the Greenlawn Funeral Home Southwest.