William L. 'Bill' Mors
January 16, 2021 William L. 'Bill' Mors passed quietly in his sleep to be alongside his wife of 68 years Marguerite 'Maggie' who is already dancing with Jesus.
Born August 14, 1923 in Los Angeles Bill Mors in his proud service to his country helped make his generation the "Greatest Generation". When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941, Bill immediately enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17. In 1943, Bill was assigned to the 31st Special Naval Construction Battalion, also known as the "Seabees". After the war he remained in the Naval Reserves until 1984. The veterans who served our country remained forever dear to Bill.
Returning from World War II, Bill became owner-operator of a commercial fleet of albacore fishing boats out of San Diego working along the California and Baja coast. While attending USC to obtain a degree in teaching, Bill met Marguerite Rae Ashworth. They married Sept. 15, 1950 and settled in Newport Beach. Bill taught math, physical education and coached the football and volleyball teams at Costa Mesa High school, leaving a lasting impression on his students. Bill was one of the founding members of Mariner's Church, which began as a small group in their living room. Today the church has over thirty thousand members as well as a school campus; to God be the glory.
Upon retiring from teaching, Bill became a Real Estate Broker and enjoyed revitalizing rural developments in California. Together with both his son's John and Michael, they partnered on small sub-divisions, custom homes, apartments and commercial buildings. In 1975 Bill and Maggie enjoyed a vacation to Ojai and never left.
Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, tennis, skiing, scuba diving, swimming, traveling, and sailing. His last sailboat was a wood hull 45ft ketch that he enjoyed restoring in Ventura Harbor. He enjoyed sailing (even a couple years racing his 'Golden Eagle') and fishing the Channel Islands during the hot summers of Ojai. When it became apparent that losing his hearing nearly cost him his life (crossing the freighter channel in dense fog), Maggie implored Bill to change hobbies- one of which then became the historical research of the Hondo Point disaster, an incident off Pt. Conception that had captured Bills heart as a scuba diver. Bill enjoyed assembling material for a documentary called "Disaster at Devils Jaw" that portrayed the largest peacetime disaster in US Naval history.
Bill Mors is survived by his youngest son Michael (Abigail) in San Diego; grandsons Nathaneil (Sierra) of S. Lake Tahoe; Benjamin (Raylene); Matthew (Whitney) and daughter-in-law Lynda (daughter Alyssa), and blessed with 5 great grandchildren all of whom reside in Boise Idaho area.
Bill was preceded in death by the love of his life Maggie (1-9-2020) and his oldest son John (9-29-2018). A Memorial Service for Bill Mors will be February 20, at 1pm at the Ojai Presbyterian Church.
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
Published in Ventura County Star from Feb. 12 to Feb. 14, 2021.