Bill McCoy

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Bill McCoy passed away April 9, 2013 at Midland, TX. He was 82 years old. Mr. McCoy was born January 22, 1931 in Prairie Lea, TX, Caldwell County to Ray and Anne McCoy. He was a resident of Midland, TX at the time of his passing. He was an only child and was preceded in death by his parents. McCoy graduated from Prairie Lea High School in 1948 and attended Southwest Texas State University at San Marcos in 1948 and 1949. He served in the United States Air Force from 1950-1954 stationed in Houston, Texas and Korea with the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing as an Air Policeman and security investigator for the Air Training Command. After his honorable discharge from the Air Force in 1954 he immediately began his training with the Texas Department of Public Safety in Austin, Texas and after graduation was stationed in Alice, Texas as a Texas Highway Patrolman. At the time he was stationed at Alice, the department had only two patrolmen in Area 3 and McCoy worked four of the six counties alone for several months. McCoy worked Jim Wells, Duval, Jim Hogg and Brooks Counties and a second patrolman worked Kleberg and Kennedy in the south part of the area. After his promotion to Sergeant in 1957 he remained in Alice, Jim Wells, Duval, Jim Hogg, Brooks, Kennedy and Kleberg counties, which comprised his Sergeant's area. During the 10 years he served as Sergeant, the number of patrolmen increased from two to 12. In 1967, while teaching at the DPS academy in Austin, Bill was promoted to Texas Ranger Pilot and was stationed in Midland, Texas. Bill had always wanted to fly and learned and soloed when he was 15 years old, still in high school. He served in Midland until his retirement in November of 1978 as a Senior Pilot Investigator. He continued to fly as a corporate pilot with his Air Transport Pilot rating for area oil companies until 1994. Bill was a life member of the NRA as well as being an NRA Certified Police Firearms Instructor since 1965. McCoy was one of the top marksmen in the DPS and was a member of the Region Three Shooting Team for 10 years. During the 10 years he competed, he was on the winning team in some category every year. In 1966 he won the Director's Award as the High Scoring State Law Enforcement Officer. He was a member of the Safari Club International and served on the board of directors of the West Texas Chapter. Bill also served as a Master Measurer for Safari International and its members. Bill cared for the outdoors and hunted and fished in numerous states in the U.S. and Mexico, all countries of Central America (except Guatemala), Ecuador, Venezuela, four of the Provinces of Canada and Safaris in multiple countries in Africa. He also had obtained a permanent resident certificate from the Republic of South Africa. Bill was a life member of the Beef Master Breeders United, a past member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and was a Master Mason of the Masonic Lodge for more than 50 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Prairie Lea, Texas. Mr. McCoy continued his ranching operations in the Hill Country of Texas until the death of his wife Altamarzie Ploch McCoy. At that time he returned to Midland, Texas.

Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on Apr. 12, 2013