January 24, 1948 - May 9, 2012
Bill Myers of Klamath Falls, Ore., passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at the age of 64, shortly after launching his beloved drift boat on the Rogue River near Shady Cove, Ore.
He was born on Jan. 24, 1948, in Corvallis, Ore., to Doris and John Myers. He enjoyed a childhood full of camping trips, fishing, basketball, tennis and many other outdoor activities. He graduated from Corvallis High in 1966 and Oregon State with a degree in range management in 1971.
After college, Bill entered the Peace Corps and enjoyed his work in the deserts of Iran for over two years. Afterward he became a Farsi translator in Washington, D.C., and later on worked for the Earth Satellite Company doing remote sensing and mapping in California. In 1979 he met the love of his life in Manhattan Beach, Calif., Margaret Ellen Hickey. Two years later they wed and shortly afterward moved to Eastern Oregon where Bill took a job working for the Soil Conservation Service as a District Conservationist.
They made their home for the next 31 years in Eastern Oregon with stops in Heppner, Burns and Klamath Falls. During this time they started a family and had three children, Alice, James and John. Bill loved being a father and spent years traveling all over the West Coast for his children's swim meets, basketball camps, football games, volleyball matches and track meets.
As anyone who knew Bill already knows, he loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He was an avid sports fan and will always be cheering for the Hornets, Grizzlies and, of course, The Beavs.
Bill also enjoyed traveling, both worldwide and statewide. Family trips included Mexico, Pesca Maya, Hawaii, South Africa, Alaska, Turkey, New Zealand and the Florida Keys. But it was his Oregon backyard that he loved the most, The Steens Mountains, Rogue River, Deschutes River, Paulina Lake, Cape Lookout, Gold Beach, Mt. Bachelor, and the coastal rivers full of salmon and steelhead.
Most of all, Bill enjoyed sharing all of these experiences with his family who misses him dearly. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Margee Myers; daughter, Alice Rhoades and son-in-law Brad Rhoades; sons James and John Myers; father John Myers; sister Janis Halsey and brother-in-law Mark Halsey; brother Robert Myers and sister-in-law Patti Myers.
A memorial service will be held at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Pius X Catholic Church, in Klamath Falls, Ore., at noon on Monday, May 14.