Lloyd Wilson, 1936-2015
Retired Mono County Sheriff and longtime resident of Mammoth Lakes, Lloyd F. “Digger” Wilson, passed away August 1, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. Born in Redlands, CA on September 7th, 1936, Lloyd lived in Redlands, Victorville, and San Fernando, CA before making his home in Mammoth Lakes in 1957. At this time Digger started Mono County’s first ambulance service and was co-owner of “Wilson’s This N That” souvenir store. He was one of the original fire commissioners of the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department, a volunteer fireman, and serviced as the Fire Chief in 1966. He was active in the Mammoth Lakes, Crowley Lake and Mono County Chambers of Commerce in the 1960’s and 1970’s, serving as president of all three. In 1962, Lloyd joined the Mono County Sheriff’s Department as Deputy Sheriff, badge #5. He was elected Sheriff/Coroner in June of 1982 and retired in 1987, having served the people of Mono County for 25 years. While in office he served as the Director of Emergency Services and was instrumental in the introduction of the Incident Command System to California Law Enforcement Agencies. Lloyd also served on the State Committee on Domestic Violence which helped to facilitate changes in law enforcement policies and procedures in matters of domestic violence.
Lloyd was a lifetime member of the California State Sheriff’s Association, the Eastern Sierra Peace Officer’s Association, a member of the Elks Lodge #1603, and belonged to the Bodie Chapter of E Clampus Vitus.
Lloyd’s happiest times were spent with family and friends deep sea fishing and traveling.
Lloyd is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lynda; his son and daughter in law, Steve and Amy Wilson of Bishop; his daughter and son in law, Shelly and Bob Bowman of Independence; grandchildren Lindsay Timpano, Jamie Lambert, and David Lambert, and two great granddaughters, Rylan and Gianna Threlkeld; brother and sister in law, Earl and Lois Wilson, of Big Pine; sister “Easy” McGinnis of Victorville and numerous nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his sister, Grace Durling.
Per Lloyd’s request, there will be no services.
In Lloyd’s honor, a donation can be made to the charity of your choice or donate blood to continue the gift of life.