William passed away the evening of February 22, 2013 surrounded by his loving family at his side. William was known to family and friends as, "Bill". Bill was born January 6, 1922 on the Donacio Assignment on the Tule River Indian Reservation. Bill's parents were Henry M. and Eulogia LaMotte. Bill had two sisters Lucy LaMotte Rubio and Della LaMotte Servantes. Bill's family moved to the west of the old Madden Farm Tribal Lands on the Plano Township. Bill was born a Tule River Tribal Member. He was very proud of his Tribal heritage. He was a Tule River Elder and he enjoyed attending the meetings and gatherings especially Tribal Pow-Wows. Bill assisted his Father herding sheep with his pee wee dog as he described it. His mother Eulogia was a healer and mid-wife to the Tribe. At the age of 9 Bill would fire up the "jalopy" and drive his Mama from Porterville to the Reservation to heal the sick, deliver babies, gather herbs and medicinal ingredients as she needed. Bill would be given coffee and sat in the kitchen to wait for his Mama to tend the sick. Bill described at one time the local law enforcement confiscated his Mama's sack of herbs and ingredients thinking it was marijuana. After three weeks of reminders from his Mama the sack was returned to her. Bill was drafted in the service and served in World War II. He had an incident where his Platoon was forced across a muddy wash to engage the enemy that was set up on the other side of the wash. The mud was deeper and softer than anticipated. Members of his squad were pinned down by enemy fire. Bill was able to stand up behind a tree that had enough trunk to protect his lean frame. His Platoon was able to return fire and beat back the enemy and continue the advance. Bill remained safe and completed his deployment. Bill returned and married the love of his life, Charlotte Carrillo on July 6, 1946. Bill and Charlotte remained happily married for 66 years. Bill was an agriculture laborer in the off season. During fire season Bill was a Crewboss on the Cobra A.D. Emergency Fire Suppression Organization. Bill was seasoned Crewboss known for concerns of the health and welfare of his crew. He did enjoy his pipe, coffee and conversation. Bill's quick wit and dry humor was a joy and will be sincerely missed. Bill's passing is preceded by his son William M. LaMotte. Surviving family members are one son David R. LaMotte, his wife Paula. One daughter Christine A. Alto, her husband William. Grandchildren Melissa LaMotte, her companion Efrain Torres. Nicole Alto her Fiancee Richard Ortega, children Catalina and Nicole. Appreciation and special thanks to Optimal Hospice of Visalia, Tule River Health Clinic, CHR Christina Aguilar, Tule River Elders and Tule River Tribal Council. Thanks to family and friends for the visits, continued support, thoughts and prayers. Donations can be made to Optimal Hospice in Visalia. Visitation will begin on Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Whitehurst-Peters-Loyd Chapel followed by a 6:00 pm Rosary also on the Thursday, February 28, 2013. Mass of the Resurrection will be on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 11:00 am at St. Anne's Catholic Church followed by interment at Vandalia Cemetery.