William M. Bill Barlow passed away peacefully August 6, 2013 in Central Point, Ore. at the age of 78. Born December 8, 1934 in Ashland, Ore., Bill grew up in Phoenix, Ore. and was a lifelong resident of the Rogue Valley.

A 1953 graduate of Phoenix High School, he was a popular football player, junior class president, and student body president. As an Oregon State University engineering student, he was elected president of the Sigma Phi fraternity his freshman year.

Bill was a veteran, having served in Germany with the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959. His career as a chemical engineer with Reichhold Chemicals (later, Dyno Polymers) in White City took him to many exciting locations around the world, from Indonesia to Africa and South America. He always enjoyed returning home to the Rogue Valley, and remarked that it was still the best place in the world to live. He loved history, delighted in reading poetry and telling stories, and getting out to see the countryside.

He was married to Sharon L. Whitlock, of Medford, for many years. Bill was preceded in death by his mother and father, Esther Barlow, and Olen H. Barlow. He is survived by his sister, Barbara Donham, of Medford; brother, David O. Barlow, of Medford; children, Mike Barlow, of Central Point, Pam Barlow Lind, of Albany, Ore., Stephen Barlow, of Fremont, Calif., and Patrick Barlow, of Central Point; and three grandchildren.

A memorial will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at the Presbyterian Church, 121 Second St., Phoenix, Ore.