Posted July 13, 2012, at 7:40 p.m.

FRESNO, Calif. – William Sawtelle Choate Sr. was born June 30, 1931, in Philadelphia, and passed away Monday, May 14, 2012, at his home in Fresno, Calif.

He was a lifelong teacher and pastor.

He leaves Gretchen, his loving wife of 55 years; his daughter, Eleanore; his sons, William Jr. and Aaron; and five grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, Edward C. Choate Jr. and Joan, Nathaniel Choate and Dorothy of Virginia and Searsport, and Robert R. Pyle and Miriam of Northeast Harbor; as well as sister-in-law, Judith Choate of Wellsville, N.Y., and Searsport.

He was predeceased by his mother, Louse Sawtelle Libby; father, Edward C. Choate; a sister, Louise G. Choate; and a brother, David M. Choate of Wellsville, N.Y., and Searsport.

He was remembered Saturday, June 30, in a memorial service at Grace Community Church, North Fork, Calif.