King Jr., William "Bill" S. |
On December 4, 2013, Bill died quietly at his home in Big Bear City, CA, with his wife Patricia "Patty" at his side. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. Bill was cremated; a memorial service is pending.
Bill was born in Newport, Rhode Island in 1929 to William Sr. and Ina Mae (Gard) King. He lived in Attleboro, MA in his formative years where he worked as a telephone lineman and later on as a city firefighter for the Attleboro Fire Department.
Bill was a patriot and loved this country. He served in the U. S. Army from 1946-1949 and the U. S. Coast Guard from 1951-1953. In 1957 he joined the U. S. Border Patrol and began 27 years of an illustrious progression through the ranks of the Border Patrol. He worked in locations from Calais, ME to San Diego, CA and points in between.
Bill was the Director of the U. S. Border Patrol Academy and the Acting Director of the Immigration Officer Academy at FLETC in Glynco, Georgia from 1977-1978. From 1978 until his retirement in 1984 he was the Chief Patrol Agent for the U.S. Border Patrol in El Centro, CA. After retirement, he served as the Venue Security Manager for the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Organizing Committee.
In 1985 he commenced an additional five year stint with the Federal Government with his appointment by President Ronald Reagan as the Regional Director of the Western Region's Legalization Program. In this capacity he was responsible for 37 legalization offices that implemented the provisions of the program which allowed illegal alien amnesty applicants to obtain lawful permanent residence in the United States. Bill and his associates are credited with assisting more than 1.7 million illegal resident aliens to achieve lawful permanent resident status in the United States during this program.
After 1990 he served in various positions as a consultant, manager, or Vice President in matters related to immigration with the Alan C. Nelson Foundation, the Ezell Group, Inc., Applied Technology Associates, Inc. and other private firms.
Bill was the recipient of many awards, including the INS Commissioner's Distinguished Career Service Award, and he was the nominee for the Department of Justice Federal Executive of the Year and the Congressional Excalibur Award. He was recognized by the Attorney General for his outstanding leadership and his contributions to the Immigration and Naturalization Service's receipt of the National Service Award.
In 1990 Bill married Patty (McCormick) Wallace. They lived in Mission Viejo before moving to Big Bear in December 2000. Bill has been described as a man of unquestionable integrity; his dedication and loyalty to his family, friends, coworkers, and to his country is well known. He had a quick sense of humor and loved practical jokes, even those at his own expense.
Included among the many organizations Bill belonged to are the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers, The Fraternal Order of Retired Border Patrol Officers, The American Legion, the Fraternal Order of Moose, and the International Lions Club (Big Bear Lions). Bill was active helping others in the community. As a member of the Big Bear Lions Club and the Moose Lodge he was always one of the first to volunteer his help for any project. He was loved and is missed by all who knew him.
Bill was preceded in death by his first wife, Carol H. King; his daughter, Robin (Tom). He is survived by his wife, Patty; a son, Bill (Dianne); a daughter, Maureen (Bob); five grandchildren, Kim, Belinda Jo, Matthew, Christine and Sam; and four great-grandchildren.
Published in Orange County Register on Jan. 21, 2014