Bill McKusick passed away Tuesday morning, November 19, 2013, in Flagstaff, AZ. Bill was born in Cass Lake, MN, on March 3, 1930, to Cecilia Hart and George A. McKusick. For many McKusick family members he was known as Uncle Bill because he was adopted and raised by his paternal grandparents, Elizabeth and John Chester McKusick.
Bill is survived by his daughter, Holly Ann McKusick, and grandson, Bear McKusick, who reside in Flagstaff, AZ; and his "brother", Robert C. "Bob" McKusick. Included on the McKusick side of brothers and sisters are George "Bud" Healy, Thomas C. McIntyre, Brooke F. McKusick, Stephanie Mosley and Charles W. McKusick.
Bill was renowned as a professional fixture at Shelter Island Chart House, San Diego, for more than three decades. He was one of the prominent early surfers in La Jolla and the Tijuana Sloughs in the 40s and 50s. "Woody" Ekstrom says he started surfing Windandsea in 1945. He was also quite well known in Sun Valley, Idaho, in the 50s for his skiing prowess and poker game.
There will be a paddle-out memorial scheduled at Windandsea in the spring of 2014.