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09/25/1934 - 02/23/2014
William Cass, born in Los Angeles on September 25, 1934, died in the presence of his loved ones on Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Lincoln, Calif. William (aka Bill, Dad, Pops, Grandpa, Opa Bill) fought valiantly with a brain tumor for several months prior to his death. He gave it his all in his final battle supported by his wife, Heather, his daughters, grandchildren, co-workers, and many, many friends.
Bill grew up in Santa Monica, Calif., graduated from Santa Monica High School Class of 1952. He attended Cornell University and graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1958 with his degree in Mathematics. He spent most of his professional life at Litton Data Systems in Van Nuys, Calif. designing computer programs. His career in the computer science field was remarkable. He actually walked "into" a computer in the late 1950s, and in his later years he loved to tinker on his iPad and assorted laptops. Bill was a computer technology pioneer and he loved nothing more than speculating on how to improve operating systems in his spare time.
As a young man, Bill was a volunteer fireman with the Simi Valley Fire Department. His passion for firefighting never left him and he often spoke about the Santa Ana winds there. In his later years, he worked as a docent at the Sacramento Railroad Museum. Two days a week he volunteered on his favorite piece of machinery, the Cab Forward. During his illness, many of his fellow railroad aficionados from the museum came to visit with him and reminisce about the marvels of the early railways in the United States.
Bill is survived by his wife of nearly 56 years, Heather Cass. She is, in his words, the love of his life. They had many adventures and a few misadventures during their lifetime together including many ocean cruises, international travel, and more than their share of camping/trailering treks. Bill is also survived by daughters Lisa Cass, Laura Menendez, Suzanne Janssen, Deborah Nichols, ten grandchildren, two cats, and one dog.
There will be a celebration of Bill's life in Lincoln on Sunday, March 16, 2014 for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to CaringBridge.org or the
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Mar. 6, 2014