Wilbur Owen (Bill) Edmondson

Wilbur (Bill) Owen Edmondson, husband, father, writer, and teacher, died peacefully at home on July 9, with his wife and sons at his side. Bill was born in 1938 at home near Bandon, OR. He enlisted in the Navy at seventeen and served mainly on destroyers as a radarman, reaching the rank of Chief Petty Officer. In 1968 Bill left the Navy and moved to San Francisco, where he enrolled at SFSU and earned an M.A. in English Literature. He became a dedicated and effective teacher of ESL at CCSF and other colleges until his retirement. Bill married his wife Ann in 1971. They lived in San Francisco for almost twenty-five years and had two sons, Walker and Casey, before moving to Santa Rosa. Bill loved watching his sons grow and tirelessly helped them pursue their goals and passions. He was a supportive husband whose strength and friendship made challenges less daunting and successes more joyful. Bill was a talented, bold poet and novelist. His work appears in Field, Fugue, Confrontation, and many other journals, in addition to his novel Zeal and his collection of poems Whatever It Takes to Make Us Feel Alive. He was young at heart, sincere and cared deeply about the people, places, and things he loved. He was happiest in Hawaii, New Orleans, fishing, golfing, listening to jazz, writing, and celebrating the best moments in life with his wife, sons, family and friends. Ann, Casey, Walker, his daughter-in-law AJ, and his grandson Weston Owen will love and miss him every single day. Bill's family will host an afternoon gathering in remembrance of his life in Napa on Sunday, July 27 at 2 p.m. For details please call Sharon at 707-252-3616. Any donations in his memory should go to a meaningful .

Published Online in the Press Democrat from July 20 to July 23, 2014