In Memory of Bill Halepeska

In Memory of Bill Halepeska

Bill Halepeska, a dear friend, geologist and fellow rock enthusiast, passed with the COVID virus shortly before Christmas. In addition to being a good friend, Bill was my mentor, freely sharing with me his 50+ years of rock hunting experience in West Texas. He made numerous trips to Alpine, Texas, to visit with me and sort out the strange geology which created the amazing diversity of The Carver Agate Field.

Most recently, Bill and I co-authored an article entitled “Captivating Find at The Carver Agate Field,” which appeared in the October 2020 issue of Rock & Gem Magazine. Bill was a Christian gentlemen who generously shared himself and his vast knowledge with others. He was a ‘mover and shaker’ in the Midland (Texas) Gem and Mineral Society. He, our good friend Raymond Boswell of Midland, and I were the ‘3 Amigos’ shown visiting together on The Carver Agate Field.

Raymond and I, among many others, will miss Bill very, very much. His spirit and love of life are reflected in his last words to me, three short days before his passing: “Rock on, John!”

The 3 Amigos: John, Raymond, and Bill



  1. Hi Larry,
    So sorry to learn of the passing of your dear friend and mentor, Bill.
    You have written a very nice tribute to Bill, one that Bill would have appreciated!
    Love ya, Gwen & Al

  2. Sorry to hear about Bill’s passing…like has told you “Rock on”.

  3. As Bill said….’Rock On”

  4. John, I am sorry to hear of a good friend’s passing. Each day we have on this earth is a gift to treasure.

  5. I miss Bill and appreciate your nice tribute. I know he so enjoyed talking agates with you at your ranch.

  6. I miss Bill, too, he knew both of my parents, My Dad was a geologist, and my Mother a lifetime member of MGMS.

    Bill was a dear friend to me, I could call him and ask him anything. He also helped me with “oil field” questions.

    Thank you John, for your tribute, I miss him everyday, I didn’t realize how much I depended on him.

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