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William Sinclair Lord (1928 - 2014)

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William Sinclair Lord

William Sinclair Lord, 86, of Indio, Calif. passed away on February 15, 2014 in Indio, Calif. of natural causes. William was born January 25, 1928 to William S. and Harriett (Shaw) Lord in Los Angeles, Calif. He married Mary Lou Long on November 13, 1955 in Palm Springs, Calif. Bill retired after a 42-year (1945 - 1987) career with the California Division of Forestry. First as a seasonal firefighter, then, progressing as a fire apparatus engineer, forestry captain, and ultimately was named battalion chief over five fire stations. Bill served entirely in the Coachella Valley - first manning the volunteer stations at Thermal Airport followed by one at the National Date Festival, Indio. As battalion chief his office was at Indian Wells. Bill was proud of his service and his attendance 'record as not having to use any'; which amazed retirement officials in the credits he turned back. Many changes occurred during this time from the CDF Forestry was organized to protect the watersheds and fight wild land fires. The transition to CA Fire was a result of contracted services for cities and counties. Following retirement, Bill contracted with the City of Indian Wells as their code enforcement officer for ten years (1986 - 1996). This makes one realize that firemen are good public relation persons too. Bill volunteered for more than ten years including as the president, Rancho Casitas Homeowners Association, Indio. Bill's past included services with the Lions Club and others. His main interest began in 1967 as a Mason of the Coachella Lodge No. 476, Free & Accepted Masons of California where he held several offices as Lodge and Temple Board Treasurer (1998 - 2010). Bill was presented with the HIRAM AWARD on April 23, 1998 for services. Of the three Long sisters (Mary Lou, Betty, and June) June Reed, his sister-in-law survives residing in Thermal. She and her family have thoughtfully included Bill in their family activities. Bill is survived by nephews: Kenneth Bryant of Woodland Calif., Ronald Bryant of Boise Idaho, Steve Reed of Thermal Calif., Gary Reed of Palm Desert Calif.; nieces: Susan Lischer, Cameron Park, Deborah Wright all of Rancho Santa Margarita, Kathleen Trevino of Lompoc and Kimberly White of Fullerton. Bill and his wife Mary Lou always doted on the little ones not mentioned. Mary Lou passed away April 9, 2007. It may be said that Bill Lord married the Long family, too. Mary Lou had two sisters, June and Betty and their children and grandchildren. Thus, a consensus was reached by niece Deborah: "The common thread that described Uncle Bill was that he had a rough outside, but a marshmallow inside". Family was very important to him. He went to Cardiff-by-the-Sea every weekend with Auntie Mary to visit Pop and Nana, (his father-in-law and mother-in-law), he always enjoyed our family birthday parties for Katy and he was a stellar community member and great husband. He was loved by his family and admired for his career as a fire fighter. Visitation will be on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 11:00 a.m at the Masonic Lodge, 51-100 Jackson, Coachella Calif. A light luncheon will follow in the dining hall. Services will be at 12:30 p.m, conducted by the Masons and CalFire in the Lodge, friends and relatives are invited to speak. Burial will follow nearby at Coachella Valley Cemetery, located on the corner of 52nd Ave and Jackson. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Masonic Temple Board, Coachella or the Coachella Valley Museum, Indio. FitzHenry-Wiefels Palm Desert has been entrusted with arrangements. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: mydesert.com/obituaries



Published in The Desert Sun from Feb. 25 to Feb. 27, 2014
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