On July 25, 2016, heaven needed a hero, so the gates were opened and Lloyd Omar Waters passed through. He left us knowing that cancer is limited (Poem by Dr. Robert Lynn) and didn’t win.
Lloyd was born to Lloyd and Betty Waters in Gothenburg, Nebraska on May 14, 1952.
Lloyd was a proud Wyoming native. He grew up in Rawlins, Wyoming with six sisters and one brother. He spent his youth hunting and fishing with his family and felt at home in the Medicine Bow National Forest. Lloyd graduated from Rawlins High School in 1970.
Cancer didn’t destroy his confidence.
Lloyd started working in his teens. His love of helping others began when he was an EMT, working on an ambulance crew, and also worked at Rawlins Memorial Hospital.
He began his career in mining in Hannah, Wyoming. Lloyd believed you earned your way and his dedication to providing for his family took him from Wyoming to Colorado, Utah, and back to Wyoming. In 1987, Lloyd and his family moved to Elko, Nevada, where he worked for Newmont Mining for 28 ½ years. Lloyd could run any piece of heavy equipment, but spent many of his mining years as a driller. Lloyd’s mining career ended as a Tech IV in the warehouse at Emigrant.
Cancer didn’t kill his friendships.
Lloyd enjoyed working in the warehouse. He loved talking to his fellow employees, the buyers, and the vendors whether in person or on the phone. Any one of them will tell you, Lloyd was guaranteed to go out of his way to help you, play practical jokes and dish out “100% pure b.s.” to them all.
Date nights for Lloyd and Yvette included karaoke and they soon became part of a singing family of friends. Saturday nights were filled with music, laughter, and fun. Lloyd loved to dance with his wife and his favorite songs to sing were by Johnny Cash.
Lloyd believed everyone, especially children, had a right to be safe and know they were special. He spent countless hours at Harbor House helping his wife ensure this was true, especially at Christmas.
Cancer didn’t shatter his hope.
As an avid Bronco’s fan since the 60’s, Lloyd was in front of the television for every game. Win or lose he wore his orange and blue proudly. He never gave up believing the Broncos would win another Super Bowl and so they did last February.
Lloyd’s smile and laugh were contagious and he always saw the best in people and believed everyone deserved a chance to be his friend. If Lloyd was your friend, he was your friend for life and would spend hours in a store visiting.
Cancer didn’t cripple his love.
Lloyd began his life with his best friend and soulmate Yvette in Wamsutter, Wyoming in 1984. They were married on August 17, 1985 in Ely, Nevada. As partners, they supported each other through 32 years and were holding hands when the time came for Lloyd to move on.
Together they raised their five children and his pride as a father filled the room when he talked about them. Lloyd’s love for life and his love and commitment to his family was and is an example to all.
Cancer didn’t shut out his memories.
Lloyd spent as much time as his mining shifts allowed creating memories with his family, including annual camping trips at Cave Lake with their grandparents. Lloyd had just begun to plan his retirement and ways to make memories with his grandchildren. He looked forward to his time with them, whether it was in person, on the phone or Skype. Lloyd spent hours sharing stories with his children and grandchildren and would surprise them with stories of his youth and his escapades while he grew up.
Cancer didn’t corrode his faith.
Lloyd loved the outdoors and felt closest to God when in the mountains and trees. He and Yvette spent a lot of time camping, four-wheeling and appreciating the beauty of our Lord’s earth.
Lloyd had a deep faith in our Lord and joined the Catholic Church in 1986. He became a member of the Knights of Columbus and dedicated himself to their mission.
He was a Deputy Grand Knight, a Grand Knight and a District Deputy. Lloyd was a Faithful Navigator for the Fourth Degree and felt it was a privilege to be a member of the Honor Guard and wore his regalia proudly.
Cancer didn’t eat away his peace.
Lloyd had a special way of letting the past be the past and accepting God’s plan for the future. He accepted the fact he would not win the battle against cancer just months after his diagnosis, but refused to allow it to control who he was. He often said he was at peace with God’s plan and felt blessed that he had the love of family and friends and riches beyond what anyone could imagine. Lloyd was happy with the life he had and knew he had lived it to the best of his ability and the way God wanted him to.
Cancer didn’t silence his courage.
Throughout the past year, Lloyd kept a positive attitude and showed courage at times when others would have given up. He spent his last days loving his family and passing on his courage so they could go on without him. Lloyd promised to watch over them and made them promise to be strong. With an example like his, it was an easy promise to make.
Lloyd leaves behind his wife, Yvette Joy Waters; daughters Holly (Tim) Trexler, Fallbrook, California; Brenda Wilkie, (Elko); Marlene (Kevin ) Haub, Hayward, California; and Serena (Steven) Collier, (Reedsport, Oregon); sisters, Deana (Bob) Huber, Thornton, Colorado; Susie (Harry ) Morris, Wright, Wyoming; Katie (Bob) Nulle, Rawlins, Wyoming; brother Johnny Waters, Tooele, Utah; uncle and friend, Gus (Norma) Mandros, Green River, Wyoming; mother-in-law “Ma”, Vivian Joy, Ely, NV; sisters-in-law Trudie (Jim) Hollinger, Ely, Nevada; Robbie (Lennie) Boteilho, Riverton, Utah; and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Lloyd was also proud to be a grandpa and his memory will live on his through grandchildren, Jacob, Sarah, and Makayla Trexler, Brittany and Connor Wilkie and Isabelle Haub.
Cancer didn’t invade his soul, reduce eternal life nor lessen the power of the Resurrection.
As Lloyd left this earth, he took the hand of our Lord and joined his son, Cody Lloyd Waters, his parents Lloyd and Betty Waters, his sisters Ellen Nulle, Becky Jo Lucas, and Tammy Moyer, his cousin and friend Nick Sanchez and father-in-law, A.Z. Joy.
Cancer didn’t quench his spirit.
From the moment Lloyd was diagnosed he began spreading a message and asked that it be passed on now to every man, young or old. “Have your annual prostate exam, both a blood test and physical. Don’t let your embarrassment, a doctor or insurance stop you from getting it. Don’t walk the road my family and I have had to.”
In lieu of flowers, please honor Lloyd with donations in his memory to, Knights of Columbus, Council 2511, PO Box 1247, Elko, Nevada 89303 or Harbor House, P.O. Box 2531, Elko, Nevada 89803.
Services for Lloyd will include a Rosary, led by Deacon Franklin Martinez on August 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Burns Mortuary and a funeral Mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 990 Highland Drive, Elko, Nevada on August 8, 2016 at 10:00 AM officiated by Father Daniel Hussey. Interment will follow at the City of Elko Cemetery, followed by a reception at Mater Dei Hall located behind the church.