Millard "Bill" Aregood

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Millard "Bill" Aregood, 75, passed away peacefully at home on November 19. Bill was born July 5, 1938 in Los Angeles to Frank and Lucille Aregood. He was raised in Quincy, California where he developed his love of fly fishing and an appreciation of the outdoors.

In 1965 he married his wife, Donna, in Long Beach. There he worked as a machinist while he earned his private pilot's license. The newlyweds left the comforts of California to explore the frontiers of Alaska, traveling the old Alcan while much of it was still a dirt road. Following the birth of their son, Sam, Bill acquired his commercial pilot's license and advance ratings. He was proud to say that he shared in Alaska's aviation history. He flew the Alaska Pipeline during its construction. He began a successful air charter service on Lake Hood, ALASKA NORTH FLYING SERVICE. His final flights were during the Valdez Oil Spill disaster where he often transported injured aquatic animals. He retired in 1990. Ultimately, Bill's dreams brought him back to his childhood home near Quincy, though his heart remained in Alaska. Bill has been a member of the Elks Lodge for 39 years. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Donna; his son, Sam, daughter in law, Michelle and his grandchildren, Zachary, Caleb, and Kylee of Anchorage, Alaska; his son, Keith and daughter, Penny Kim Droulliard; his sister and brother in law, Joy and Gene Vichier, as well as many extended family members, all of California. A celebration of life is being planned.

Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Nov. 29 to Nov. 30, 2013
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