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William V. Wilson


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William V. Wilson Obituary
Wilson, William V.
William V. Wilson retired newspaper reporter, editor and publisher William V. Wilson, 87, passed away on June 30, 2016, surrounded by his loved ones at home in Litchfield Park, Arizona. He was born at home in Fillmore, Utah, on June 28, 1929, to E. Vance and Jane McBride Wilson, the second of their three children. Bill grew up among a large extended family of McBride cousins whose parents instilled a passion in their kids for camping, hunting, fishing and horseback riding. They all also learned the value of hard work in a variety of family businesses, and in Bill's case, the family-owned print shop and newspaper, The Millard County (Utah) Progress, of which he would later become editor and join his mother as co-owner. After high school, his Utah National Guard unit was activated for the Korean Conflict where he served as a forward observer for Battery C, 213th Field Artillery Battalion. His letters home became a regular column in the hometown newspaper titled "G.I. Charlie" that kept many families up to date on the local unit's soldiers. Afterwards he used his GI Bill benefits to attend Idaho State College where he fell madly in love with coed Madeleine Sinclair, the daughter of a physician and nurse from Salmon, Idaho. They were married in 1954 and recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. The newlyweds made their home in Fillmore and welcomed three children into the fold: W. Vance II, Catherine Carol and Margaret Rose. They filled nearly every weekend with an adventure: camping trips in the mountains, exploring the vast West Desert, visiting Utah's many national parks and monuments, often traveling in an overloaded Jeep with cousins and other "adopted" kids in tow. His career was highlighted by serving as president of the Utah Press Association which also honored him with the John E. Jones Award in 1977 for dedicated service to the UPA. Under his leadership, The Progress was honored with two statewide community service awards (unprecedented at the time). He and his wife purchased their former cross county rival, The Millard County Chronicle, in partnership with Susan Beckwith Dutson, returning the Delta paper to her family's longtime stewardship. He was active in many civic organizations including the Sheriff's Jeep Posse, Kiwanis and Lions clubs and the Republican Party, and served as commander of Post 61 of the American Legion, Fillmore city council member, and volunteer EMT and ambulance driver. After relocating to southern California in 1978, he worked as a reporter, dining critic and food writer for the Indio Daily News and the Desert Sun in Palm Springs. Bill and Madeleine retired and moved to the Phoenix area in 2000. Family outings continued to be a cherished tradition, and included cruises, tours and weekend getaways. Bill grew up in the Masonic tradition and was a 32nd degree in the Scottish Rite. Late in life, he was baptized as a Christian. He was a friend of "Bill W." and took pride in marking 37 years of sobriety this year. He is survived by his wife Madeleine and their children: Vance and his partner Phil Shea of Phoenix, Margaret and her partner Pam Cooper of Litchfield Park, and Catherine Pauley, the mother of his two grandsons Daniel and Samuel Pauley, who all live in the Sacramento area. He is also survived by four great-granddaughters, his sister Vera Feight, niece Clea Feight, nephews Patrick Costa and Robert Wilson, and sister-in-law Sandra Costa-Brousseau. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, brother Samuel H. Wilson, brother-in-law Cleon (Jack) Feight and niece Lisa Feight LeVitt. Services will be held on Wednesday, July 6 at the Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N. Old Litchfield Road. Military honors will be accorded at a later date when his marker is placed at the Fillmore City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the , shrinershospitals.org/Donate.
Published in The Arizona Republic on July 3, 2016
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