He grew up in a small Texas town. Each summer he traveled with his folks to Nebraska farms to harvest the wheat where he drove the tractor and prepared the sandwiches for lunch. Entering Texas Tech University he worked on diesel engines nights and weekends to pay the bills. After graduation he moved to Detroit with General Motors Diesel Division. Later in Houston he opened a successful framing business and later drove long-distance trucks. During these years he spent each summer in Europe exploring and photographing. Arriving in Taos in 1999 he rented an apartment and small gallery in the Ranchos Plaza where he sold his art. When the art market declined he closed the gallery but maintained the friends he made. Later he founded a small local newspaper, The Trad N Post distributed free. After a run, he shut down the paper. All the while he was active with Alcoholics Anonymous. Always he was proud of his thirty-five years plus sober. This man was William Panzer who died August 20 traveling the Colorado River Tribal Lands. He died peacefully doing what he loved - photographing the land and driving a vehicle south and west.