William R. Knowlton July 25, 1964 - September 20, 2016 Bill Knowlton passed away on September 20, 2016 at the age of 52, surrounded by his loving family in Placerville, CA. Bill was a proud native Californian, born in Torrance, CA on July 25, 1964. He lived there but a few years before the family moved to northern California. Bill grew up and was educated in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bill became employed by the Kragen Auto Parts chain in the 1980's and worked his way up to manager of various retail stores in the Bay Area before transferring to the store in Placerville, CA. He purchased property in the area and made it his home. He later commuted to Dixon, CA for a number of years to manage Kragen's enormous parts distribution warehouse with over 100 employees. With experience gained, Bill then took a position as a software expert with Calpine Corporation to manage inventory support systems for their electric power generating plants. Home base was Folsom, CA but Bill would travel to facilities across the nation to implement these systems. When Calpine Corporation was reorganized and headquarters moved to Houston TX, Bill took the position of warehouse manager for multiple Calpine facilities at "The Geysers" in Lake County wishing to remain in his native California. The Geysers is the largest geothermal electric power generating region in the world. Bill was an avid sports fan, and he loved the San Francisco Giants Baseball team. Bill's interests also included travel and he visited many countries around the world. He loved music, especially "The Blues" and "Classic Rock". He loved dogs. He loved boating. He loved helping people. Bill is survived by his loving parents, Garth & Karyl Knowlton of Pioneer CA, devoted sister Terri Knowlton & husband Will Isaacs of Pollock Pines CA and long-time sweetheart Rose Roman who shared Bill's home in the Swansboro area of Placerville. Rose's son Rafe Palmer who always considered Bill his father figure lives with his wife Janell and their children in Omo Ranch CA. Also surviving are aunts, uncles and cousins on the east coast and in California. Bill will always be remembered by those fortunate enough to have known him - for his remarkable intelligence, his quick wit and wicked sense of humor, and most of all for the kindness of his heart and the generosity he showed to everyone. He will be missed beyond words. No services will be held. A private celebration of Bill's life will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 near his home in Swansboro, California.