Bill was born on Vashon Island, Washington on August 6, 1939 and passed away on July 17, 2015 in Walnut Creek, California. Bill spent his childhood years in Richmond, California where his father worked in the thriving sardine fisheries.
Upon graduation from high school in 1957, Bill got his first taste of salmon fishing when he came to Kodiak to work in the canneries. He made this trip for many seasons, eventually graduating to where he owned and operated his own boats, first the "Flying Scud" and lastly, the "Thelma C". Born of Scandinavian and Slavic ancestry, it was natural for Bill to have fishing in his blood.
During the off seasons Bill called California home, living on a ranch outside of Martinez, where for over 47 years he raised beef cattle and at one time, walnuts.
He loved his animals and he loved his land.
Bill was Navy veteran, serving with the SeaBees in the South Pacific, and worked in the construction trade for over 40 years as a "pilebutt", retiring from Local 34 of the Pile Drivers Union. Because of his blond hair and fair skin, Bill's nickname on the jobsites was "Whitey".
Bill was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Geraldine. He is survived by a son Gene, and a brother Lee. He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.