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William “Bill” Coulson Moring

1942 – 2012

William "Bill" Coulson Moring, devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather died of a stroke on Friday, October 12, 2012, in Scottsdale, Arizona at age 70. Bill was many things: an engineer, a marine, an athlete, and a devoted family man. But for Bill, family came first – he always made time for his wife Carla and his children Macy and Keith. He was known for attending all his children's sporting events and could always be heard cheering them on in a booming, enthusiastic voice. Most recently Bill traveled the world with Carla and visited his children and six grandchildren often.

Bill grew up as a part of a military family. His father, William Edwin Moring, was a Captain in the U.S. Navy. He had the opportunity to live in many places, including Japan, from 1954 to 1956; and Tennessee, where he graduated from the McCallie School in Chattanooga in 1960.

Bill attended the University of California at Berkeley during the turbulent 1960's, where he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation from Berkeley he was accepted at the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia. Once commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, Bill married Carla June Porterfield in Sacramento, California, in June 1965. Bill was later deployed to South Vietnam as a Marine Aviation Maintenance Officer in DaNang. Daughter, Macy, was born while he was still in Vietnam. Following his Marine Corps service in Vietnam, Bill served many years in the Marine Corps Reserve, rising to the rank of Major. The license plate he chose for Carla's station wagon, "A USMCR" attracted a lot of attention from his fellow Marines.

Bill earned his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1969. Son, Keith, was born shortly thereafter. The family settled in the Los Angeles suburb of Newhall, California, through 1988, while Bill worked for the Air Worthiness Division of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Bill and his children played LOTS of soccer, while Bill also coached his children's teams. The Sidewinders Football Club is still legendary in the Santa Clarita Valley on the AYSO soccer fields. After the FAA, Bill joined Garrett AiResearch, which became part of Honeywell International, and moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1988. He retired in 2006.

Bill was also an animal lover. His email alias was "machobunny" and was an apt self-description - a big, tough Marine on the outside, and a warm, loving, man inside. Bill leaves Carla, his wife of 47 years; his children, Macy and Keith; his sister, Sharon; six grandchildren; and his beloved yellow Lab, Holly. "RIP Machobunny, we will love you forever!"

Memorial Service will be planned at a later date.

Memorials can be directed to: Jayne La Grande, Alzheimer's Disease Center, Department of Neurology, University of California, Davis, 4860 Y Street, Suite 3900, Sacramento, CA 95817.

Online donations can be directed to: https://secure.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/giving/donations/online.html. In the "Please Select Recipient" field, select Alzheimer's Disease Center.


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