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December 19, 2013
I first met Bill in 1979 shortly after going to work at Hughes Aircraft Co. in Fullerton, California. I had come into work about 7:00 am, which was an hour before the scheduled workday began, and I ran into Bill who was going down the halls, looking into offices, chatting briefly when occupants were found, and moving on. I asked him what he was doing, and he said he comes in early to see who's there at work, who the good workers are. He was head of a group that was doing something that hadn't been done before. He needed a good team, and this was one way he used to identify people he wanted working for him. His team was putting a microprocessor into a navy cabinet to determine its health and to diagnose problems. It was called performance monitoring / fault locating, or PMFL. Bill's use of an Intel 8080 microprocessor was revolutionary, and this technology was his idea.

I liked Bill's approach. The way he thought and how he sized things up. I always found his analyses insightful. I lack that ability, and so I admired his ability to figure things out. But, while he “knew the score,” he never took advantage. He was always helpful, always hard-working, always willing to do his share. He just expected others to do likewise.

We became good friends, and over the years we did a lot together. Bill was an outdoor person. We hiked often in the High Sierras, with Lake Dorothy above Convict Lake being one of our favorite camping spots. Bill liked to fish and I liked to hike around to see what was out there. At the end of the hike, after several days in the mountains, we always enjoyed a single beer that we had put on ice at the car. Bill liked to ski, and although I had skied a number of times in the past, I was a beginner who would occasionally fall getting off the lift. Bill taught me to turn and stop, and this allowed me to grow as a skier. Bill's favorite place to ski was Brian Head, Utah, and we spent many long weekends up there at that beautiful, isolated resort.

Bill was a special friend and a rare individual. If you were in trouble or needed help, he would move mountains if that's what it took. He was considerate, giving, and always a gentleman. I will miss him.

Rest in peace, Bill.
December 18, 2013
To the Eaton family,
I am so sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort bring you peace and comfort in your time of need. Always rely on your fond memories and God's promise of one day seeing your love one again. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
December 17, 2013
I will miss his kind heart, his unselfishness, and his integrity. He was such a good person and will be remembered forever.
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