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WILLIAM (BILL) ST. MARIE William (Bill) Fogerty St. Marie was born on September 11, 1926 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and died October 3, 2012 in Riverside, California at the age of 86. Bill's family moved to Riverside in 1936 where he attended elementary school in Glen Avon, St. Francis de Sales, Central Junior High, Poly High and Riverside City College. Two days after his 17th birthday, Bill left high school and enlisted in the Navy. He spent two and a half years at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii at a submarine base before shipping out on the USS Comfort to collect the wounded, sick and POW's from Okinawa, Philippines, Korea and Japan to bring them home to San Francisco. He was honorably discharged on April 3, 1946. Bill worked at March Air Field doing vehicle maintenance. (He was trained as a diesel mechanic in Dearborn, Michigan at the River Rouge Ford plant during the war.) Later, he worked at Kaiser Steel in Fontana. He married Helene Icely Garrison (now deceased) in December of 1948 and had an instant family with daughter Georgeanne (now deceased) and son Richard (currently living in Indonesia). They built a home on Bandini Avenue in the same year. On October 23, 1950 he was the last civilian motorcycle traffic officer hired by the Riverside Police Department. His badge number was "10". He had to buy his own uniforms, gun and 1949 Harley FP. He worked four to midnight during the evenings and worked funeral processions during the day in San Bernardino. Bill became a motor sergeant in 1960 and in 1968 was inducted into the Harley Davidson 100,000 mile club for logging that many miles on Harleys since 1950. He transferred to the Detective Bureau and made Lieutenant and was sent to patrol as a night watch commander. During this time we went back to school and finished his GED at Riverside Adult High and went on to graduate from Riverside City College in 1970. Bill was promoted to Captain in 1977 and in 1978 was selected as the Riverside County Outstanding Peace Officer of the year. (The first officer ever to receive this honor.) They had a son in 1955 and named him William F. St., Marie Jr. Bill retired from the department on July 25, 1979 and they moved to Henderson, Nevada in 1980 and he worked as a security officer in casinos until his divorce in 1982. Back in Riverside he worked security at JC Penney until he went to work for the U.S. Marshals in Federal Courts in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and finally back in Riverside courts until 2002. In 1982 he met again and married, the love of his life, Joyce Allen Long. They had dated back in 1947 and went their separate ways and met again and spent the rest of their lives together. He is survived by his wife Joyce; his sons Bill Jr and Richard Garrison; his stepsons David and Ken Long; and step daughter Cheryl. He also leaves his sister Caroline Hill; and brother Joe St. Marie, both of Henderson, Nevada. He also leaves several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother Philip St. Marie as well as his parents Lawrence K. St. Marie and Marian G. Fogerty St. Marie who are both buried in Olivewood Cemetery in Riverside. We should also mention his long time friends Charlie Gonzales and Bob Marks. Bill enjoyed bluegrass music, old black and white westerns and playing the banjo. But his main love in life was his wife Joyce and keeping up with his kids, grandkids and great grandkids that he served and protected until the day he died. There will be a memorial service on Monday, October 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm at the Riverside National Cemetery - Staging Area "1". In lieu of flowers, you may make a memorial donation to the Riverside Police Officers Association at 1965 Chicago Avenue, Riverside, CA. 92507.


Published in Press-Enterprise on Oct. 16, 2012
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