William “Bill” Mace Floyd was born on Oct. 10, 1942, in Harrisburg, Ill., to William and Lucille Floyd.
While still very young, Bill and his family moved to Midland, Texas, where he was raised and acquired a love of the outdoors. After graduating from Seminole High School in west Texas, Bill attended Northern Illinois University and graduated in 1967 with a Master’s of Science degree in biology/chemistry.
From 1968 to 1972, Bill served as an officer at Kirtland Air Force Base and supported the Department of Defense’s high-dose radiation effects research program. After earning a post-graduate teaching certificate in secondary education from the University of New Mexico, Bill began working in the radiation control program at the Indiana State Board of Health.
While stationed at KAFB, Bill had fallen in love with New Mexico and decided to return one day to settle down. In 1976, he began a 28-year tenure for the New Mexico Environment Department.
Bill retired in 2004 after managing several programs in the department’s Hazardous and Radioactive Materials and Radiation Control Bureaus in Santa Fe.
After retiring, Bill continued his love of nature by camping, hiking and gardening. He also liked watching old movies, true-crime dramas and historical programs.
He occasionally dabbled in photography and had a very eclectic taste in music, ranging from classic rock to classical and everything in between. His favorite pastime was cooking and he loved trying out new recipes for his family and friends.
Early last year and within the span of only a few months, Bill twice contracted pneumonia and suffered a mini-heart attack and mini-stroke. These health issues required several long hospital stays, but after much rehabilitation, physical therapy and determination, he began making great improvements and appeared to be on the road to recovery.
However, in early April of this year, Bill’s health began to decline once again and he passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 14, 2018.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents and two older sisters, Muriel Barmore of Deer Park, Texas, and Annabelle Floyd of Seattle, Wash.
He is survived by his husband, Mark DeMarinella Jr. of the family home in Rio Rancho; three stepchildren, Mark DeMarinella III of Albuquerque, and Deidre (husband Ethan) Marquez and Michael DeMarinella, all of Rio Rancho. He is also survived by his niece Kate Koppelman (husband Pat Malloy) and great-niece Lucy of Seattle, Wash.
He had many wonderful friends all across the country and will be dearly missed by all. Per Bill’s request, cremation has taken place and no formal service will occur; however, a celebration of life will be scheduled in the near future.
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