William “Bill” Pack, of Longview, passed in peace on April 6, 2019, at the age of 77 in Lake Havasu City, AZ. He was born in Morris, OK, to Erma Austin and William Pack.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Mary Watson Collier. Former husband and close friend of Billie Pack; dear friend and companion of Trish Hickman.
Proud father of Jeff (Catherine) McRoberts, Mark (Sonia) McRoberts, Michael (Lisa) McRoberts, Kelli (Lance) Gibbens, Kerri Pack (Marc) Edwards, Kimber (Jakob) Curt, Proud Papa of Morgan, Julian, Carsen, Camille, Annie, Rosie, Kelsey, Shelby, Nick, Miles and great-papa to Amelia. Brother of Frances Rheaume and Donna Staples. Further survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and SO many amazing friends.
Bill was a 1959 graduate of Kelso High School. He was very involved in classmate gatherings, reunions and was always a big help in organizing the picnics. He will be missed at the 60th reunion in August.
Bill’s lifelong career involved 35 years in construction with the local labor union. In addition, he began his fishing career in Alaska in 1965 with the late Snook Taylor. He had often said everything he learned as a fisherman was from his experience with Snook. A few years later, he became a boat captain in Larsen Bay, AK, and fished every year until 2005. He also fished commercially on the Columbia River in between his busy work life. He worked tirelessly all jobs year-round. The past 10 years, Bill worked for the State of Washington Department of Fisheries with his close friend, Darren Crookshanks. He used his years of expertise to navigate for them as they continue their ongoing research.
Although he never fully retired, Bill enjoyed his time between homes in Longview, California and Arizona. He loved driving between all of his many destinations, enjoying time with the friends he had in so many places. He loved time at the casinos, classic car shows, boating and enjoyed countless cups of coffee, meals and storytelling with friends and family! In addition to so many years of hard work, he was a man who could literally fix anything and had a wealth of knowledge envied by all! He was a stellar mechanic for cars, trucks, boats, you name it! Bill “let’s make a deal” Pack could tell a story like no other! He carried his volleyball team in his retirement community to victory on many occasions! He always made a lasting impression on those he met. Some of these friends who haven’t known him long have said they feel like they had known Bill forever.
Bill will admiringly be remembered by family and friends as a loving father, devoted friend, who so often put the needs of others above his own, and the most hard-working man up until his final day on earth.
There will be a special Celebration of Life to honor Bill on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at the Cowlitz County Event Center from noon until 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s name to Salmon for All, Inc., P.O. Box 56, Astoria, OR. 97103, or the American Heart Association at: www.2heart.org or call 1-800-AHA-USA1.