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William L. Dick

1919 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Dick, William L. SAN DIEGO -- Col. William L. Dick, USMC (Ret) passed away on September 6, 2013, at the age of 94. Born in Lewiston Idaho, on July 27, 1919, to Leslie William and Leah McEachron Dick, Bill graduated from Dayton High School in 1937 and the University of Washington in 1941. A career in advertising was cut short by World War II, when he accepted an officer's commission in the United States Marine Corps and saw combat in the battles of Kwajalein, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. His post-war tours of duty included as senior aide- de-camp to General David Shoup, Commandant of the Marine Corps and Commanding Officer of the MCRD Recruit Training Regiment. After a year of combat in Vietnam as Commanding Officer of the 4th Marine Regiment, Bill returned to MCRD and retired from the Marine Corps in September 1968. Col. Dick's personal decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement on Iwo Jima, the Legion of Merit with Combat V, the Air Medal with two gold stars, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation with two stars, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Following retirement from the Marine Corps, Bill began a second career with the Port of San Diego as its first Director of Community and Government Affairs. Bill became a member of the San Diego Rotary Club, a membership he would maintain the rest of his life, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow and served as its President in 1985. He served as a National Director of the Navy League, President of the Propeller Club of San Diego, Chairman of the San Diego Zoo's Development Committee, President of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Chairman of the Combined Health Agencies Drive (CHAD), and as a member of the San Diego Citizens Police Review Board and the boards of the USO and St. Paul's Manor. He was a member of the Rest & Aspiration Society. For 15 years, he read the Union-Tribune aloud for the blind on KPBS. Bill retired from the Port in October 1986 after 18 years and he began a third career travelling the world accompanied by friends. Bill is survived by Jeanne (nee Mitchell), his loving wife of 68 years, his three sons William (MaryAnn) and his children, Darby, Kevin and Caroline, James (Sharon), and their children, James II (Jay) and Laura, and David (MaryAlice Godfrey), and their children Alexander, Madeleine, Rosalind and MaryCharlotte, and his former daughter-in-law Karen Casey. He was preceded in death by his younger sister, Dorothy Eshelman. Services for Col. Dick will be held on Monday, October 21, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at All Soul's Episcopal Church in Point Loma, followed by Military Honors and Inurnment at 11:30 a.m. at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Col. Dick's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Published in U-T San Diego from Sept. 22 to Sept. 28, 2013
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