William J. McVittle, who served Chino as a lawyer and state deputy and Los Angeles County as a high court judge, died on September 26 at the age of 81, after complications from a fall.
The son of Irish immigrants, he came to China after studying at the 1964 USC, working with John T. Tomlinson Jr. before establishing his own practice. He later joined Michael Bidart and Jimmy Gutierrez as legal partners and became Chino’s city attorney in 1971.
Before coming here, he was a public accountant at Price Waterhouse and special agent for the IRS, then tax accountant for Aerojet-General in Azusa.
He belonged to the Chino Kiwanis and Basque clubs.
Mr. McVittle was elected to the newly formed 65th District of the State Assembly in 1974 and served three 2-year terms before being appointed judge of the LA County Superior Court by Governor Jerry Brown in 1980, after controversy among lawyers from San Bernardino County about your appointment here.
After retiring as a judge for 20 years, he worked alone for 10 years and then joined an arbitration and mediation firm, a job for which he received special training.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, a master’s in law in dispute resolution from Pepperdine University in 1980 and a master’s in politics from Claremont Graduate University in 2002.
Mr. McVittle left Sandra Elliott, his wife for 27 years, and two stepchildren, Brenton and Ryan Elliott.
The funeral service would be private.