Samuel Max Bigler, 69, of Harrison, Arkansas, former resident of Payson, died April 27, 1991 in a Springfield, Missouri hospital.
He was born August 25, 1921 in Payson, a son of David and Hannah Pearl Butterfield Bigler. At the time of his death he owned the Pyramid Water Co. and other business interests in Harrison. His bottled water was distributed widely in North Central Arkansas and Southwest Missouri.He located near Harrison after mandatory retirement at age 60 as chief pilot for Saudi Arabian Airlines where his career spanned more than a quarter of a century. At one time he was personal pilot for the late Saudi King and founder of the nation, Ibn Saud. He was commissioned on enlistment in the U.S. Army Air Corps at the outset of World War II, serving first as a flight instructor at Randoph Field, Texas, and later as a transport pilot between India and China and during the historic Berlin Airlift. He was a licensed pilot two years before he was old enough to apply for a drivers license in Utah. His passion, besides flying, was trout fishing in Utah, an activity he enjoyed every summer.
He was married to Odye Rentz, December 12, 1952 in Odessa, Texas; they were divorced. He married Betsy Wunderlich, July 25, 1965 in Mayrland.
Surviving are his wife, two daughters: Michele Driggers, Grapevine, Texas and Melanie Cialone, Lewisville, Texas; two grandsons; three Brothers: David Bigler, Jr., Springville, Paul and Clark Bigler, both of Payson; two sisters: Faith Greaves, Reno, Nevada and Joan Oberg, Genola. A son preceded him in death.
Private memorial services will be held at XX Acres in Payson Canyon when weather conditions permit.
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