William A. SEEDORFF

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SEEDORFF, William A. 92, died May 7, 2018, in Roswell, GA. Bill was born July 26, 1925, in Jersey City, NJ, to William A. and Emily Buonocore Seedorff. He was a longtime member of the Episcopal Church and a member of the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Marietta, GA, since 2004. Bill grew up in Westfield, NJ, and was accepted into the V-12 Navy college training program immediately after high school graduation on July 1, 1943. That was followed by graduation from Midshipman School at Ft. Schuyler, NY, and commissioning as a Naval Ensign in 1945. Bill served in World War II with the U.S. Navy, where he captained a mine sweeper in the Pacific. He retired from the Naval Reserve as a Lieutenant Jr. Grade in 1953. In the V-12 program, Bill was assigned to Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. After leaving the Navy, Bill completed college, graduating from New Mexico A & M (now New Mexico State) University at Las Cruces in 1949, with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. He took graduate classes at the Business School of the University of Santa Clara, CA. Bill married Carolyn Hill in Arkansas City, KS, on August 9, 1952. They resided in Carlsbad, NM, Palo Alto, CA, Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, Canada, and Winter Haven, FL, before becoming longtime residents of Sunnyvale, CA. After retirement, Bill and Carolyn moved to Santa Fe, NM, in 1991 and to Roswell, GA, in 2004. Bill was a Professional Engineer in the mining industry and worked on industrial minerals projects in many countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Chile, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and China. He started his career with International Minerals and Chemical Corporation, working at potash mines near Carlsbad, NM, and Esterhazy, SK, and a phosphate mine in Bartow, FL. He later worked in California for Utah International and Minera Bayovar S.A. He then became a founding partner and President of Agricultural and Industrial Minerals (AIM), a mining consulting company that operated for 15 years in San Carlos, CA. He was a founder, Treasurer, and board member of Lake Minerals Corporation, which operated a trona mine on the edge of Owens Lake, CA. Bill was an accomplished woodworker and won awards in New Mexico for his wood carvings. While living in Santa Fe, he was active in a neighborhood association and issues relating to water supply and zoning, in partnership with his wife Carolyn and other colleagues. He was appointed to the city of Santa Fe's Wastewater Committee and by the Santa Fe County commissioners to the Advisory Committee for development of the county's new long range plan. He joined a former governor's team to lobby for the passage of New Mexico's first anti-SLAPP legislation, which became law. In Roswell, Bill was surrounded by supporting family and community and was known as an outgoing, helpful, and inspiring neighbor and a mentor to aspiring woodworkers. He was preceded in death by his parents, the love of his life and his wife of 57 years, Carolyn, and their son William Mark, who died in infancy. Survivors include sons, Eric of Tucson, AZ, and Mark W. (MaryLou) of Marietta, GA; grandsons Marshall W. (Samantha) Seedorff of Dripping Springs, TX, and Matthew H. Seedorff of San Antonio, TX; nieces, Susan (the late David) Helterbran of Cypress, TX, and Dinah (John) Turrin of Issaquah, WA and nephews, Andrew (Janice) Gafken of Folsom, CA, and Philip (Lisa) Gafken of Seattle, WA. A Memorial Service is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Saturday the 12th day of May at St. Peter and St. Paul Episcopal Church in East Cobb County, Marietta, Georgia. Cremation is under the direction of ROSWELL RUNERL HOME. Inurnment will be at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Bill to Lionheart School, 225 Roswell St., Alpharetta, GA 30009.


Published in the Arizona Daily Star on May 12, 2018
Arrangements under the direction of:
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