William F. Cox was born in Provo, Utah, on November 12, 1932, to William A. Cox and Norma Olsen Cox. He was the oldest of their three children. After Bill graduated from Provo High School, he joined the United States Air Force and served for four years in England. After his discharge, Bill returned to Provo and attended Brigham Young University on the GI Bill, receiving a BA degree and a teaching credential in 1958.
Bill taught 8th-grade history and government at Edwards Air Force Base for 33 years. This was his first and only teaching job.
Bill was the consummate bibliophile. He was never without a book. He often said that he should have been a librarian.
In addition to his teaching career and his love of books, Bill will be remembered as a kind, gentle and soft-spoken man.
Bill is survived by his wife, Marilyn J. Cox; daughters Norma Fenster (Steve), Sherri Sheets (Kevin), Ann Buxton (Allen), and Charles Roseland; nine grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren, and a host of friends, neighbors, and former students.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother John, his sister Glenda, and his first wife Marilyn K. Cox.