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William Lee Hoisington

March 6, 1932 – May 25, 2017

Bill was born to Pearl Oehlert and Clyde Riley Hoisington, along with his brother, Rodney, eighteen months later, in Salina, Kansas. This marriage soon dissolved, the boys going with their dad.

Clyde married Marjorie Perrill, Bill's third-grade teacher. The boys soon had half-sisters Elaine and Beverly. Bill's lifelong sorrow was the return of Rod to their mother. Marjorie was a very good mom to Bill.

The family moved to California during the war as Clyde was with Douglas Aircraft. In 1946 they moved to the little country-town of Puente. Here, Bill met Mary Ann Shear. The family moved again Bill's senior year, but he remained to play football, tennis, run track, be student body president and represent his school at Boys' State.

Bill and Mary Ann attended Mt. San Antonio Junior College, where he was student body president, and then on to U.C. Santa Barbara – Bill for Political Science and Speech, and Mary Ann for teacher training. Their class of 1954 was the last to graduate from the Riviera Campus—Bill, magna cum laude. He and Mary Ann were married in 1955.

Bill entered Claremont Graduate School to study Political Economy and Mary Ann began to teach in their home town. It was Korean War time and Bill was soon drafted.

Following Bill's Army service in Fort Riley, Kansas, the young couple moved to Lafayette. Bill enrolled at U.C. Hastings College of Law, where he edited the law journal and graduated in 1960. Upon admission to the California Bar, Bill worked in the Consumer Fraud Section of the California Attorney General's Office under then-A.G. Stanley Mosk. In 1962, Bill joined the San Francisco law firm of Orrick, Herrington, Dahlquist & Sutcliffe (now the international firm "Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP"). Bill practiced in the Tax Department of Orrick and was widely recognized as a leading authority on gift, estate, generation-skipping and fiduciary income tax law, and estate and trust administration law.

Throughout his career, Bill lectured extensively and wrote important articles on estate and trust planning and administration. He was elected a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He was included in every edition of Best Lawyers in America published during his tenure of active practice. Bill served as president of the San Francisco Estate Planning Council. One of his favorite professional associations was his membership in the First Thursday Group, a collection of leading S.F. estate planning attorneys meeting monthly to exchange ideas on the most complex points of estate planning practice.

For many years he was a season ticket holder at the San Francisco Symphony, both at the Opera House and at Davies Symphony Hall.

Bill became a fan of football in Berkeley, holding season tickets on the 50-yard line to watch the Golden Bears for 40 years. He became a member of the San Francisco Grid Club and strong supporter of Bearbackers.

Bill's life-long interest has been politics. He probably should have run for office. The early interest in golf gave way to sailing Puffin (his Columbia 24) on the Bay. Photography was also a joy, especially on nature adventures. Tennis, governance and special friends made the 41years at Monterey Dunes Colony treasured.

Bill died peacefully in the presence of Mary Ann, a dear friend, caring doctor and nurses at John Muir Hospital, where he received extraordinary care. He had been there and at Manor Care for the last five months as his health deteriorated. Following the donation of organs, he was cremated and will rest in the Lafayette Historical Cemetery among friends.

Bill leaves Mary Ann, Rod, Elaine, Beverly, their families, and many cousins, friends and associates. Should anyone wish to make a donation in Bill's memory, two favorite organizations are California Academy of Sciences (calacademy.org) or the Lafayette Community Foundation (www.LafayetteCF.org).

Friends are invited to celebrate Bill's life at the St. Francis Yacht Club June 23rd from 3:00 to 5:30.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 11, 2017
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