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William Francis Mack, 62, of Thomaston, Maine, formerly of Adel, Iowa, passed away on January 27.
Bill was an artist and craftsman, beginning by selling his photographs on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley California in the '70's. Although he interrupted his artistic career to practice law, he was always planning a return.
Moving to Maine when he retired, Bill began his second career as a woodturner, enamellist, jewelry maker, photographer, boat designer, and boat builder. Riffing on the family's nickname for him, the serial hobbyist, he adopted the name of The Serial Craftsman for his business.
He exhibited his woodturnings and enamels at Art Space Gallery in Rockland, Maine. His sculpture "Counterpoint" was exhibited at the show "Maine Wood 2012" at the Messler Gallery, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, Maine.
He was an avid fly fisherman. When not fishing, he was designing and sketching boats to build. His favorite spot in the world was the porch at Pat-a-Mac Cottage, Bayville, Maine, looking out at Linekin Bay.
Bill attended Deep Springs College, where his favorite job was milking the cows. He received his B.A. from Indiana University, and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
He was a partner in the law firm of Severson and Werson in San Francisco, Associate General Counsel at American General Finance, and Senior Vice President and Managing Counsel at Norwest Financial, later Wells Fargo Financial.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Robison, son Andrew Mack, and sisters and brothers.
Contributions may be made to Deep Springs College (www.deepsprings.edu).
Published in Des Moines Register on Feb. 6, 2013