William E. Flagler Sr., 90, of Idaho Falls, passed away Monday, March 25, 2013, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.
Bill was born April 10, 1922, in Boise to A. Roy and Helen Irene Flagler. He died due to complications from pneumonia.
He graduated from Boise High School. Soon after graduation, he joined the Army Air Force. He was released in 1945.
While at the University of Idaho, he married his wife, Helen Jansen, in 1946. He started working for Burroughs as a field engineer in 1948. He remained employed by them until he retired in 1982. He was in the inactive reserves and was called up due to the Korean War in 1951.
During his lifetime, he was actively involved in the Boy Scouts. He had one of the largest Scout troops in the Salt Lake Valley in the 1960s. He was awarded numerous awards and held several positions in the Teton Peaks Council; he was given the Hall of Fame and the Silver Beaver Award. He ran the gun range at the Island Park Scout Camp during the summers and affectionately was known as "Wild Bill." He volunteered for Shiba and was a gun safety instructor for Idaho Fish and Game. He also held water safety classes for third-graders. He was a regular blood donor to the Red Cross.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister.
He is survived by his wife, Helen; and children, William Jr. (JoAnn), David (Liz), Paul (Kathy) Flagler and Gail (Wayne) Croft. He has nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A private graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Ucon Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at woodfuneralhome.com.