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William G. Darling

William Guilbert Darling

William G. 'Bill' Darling passed away August 19th at home, peacefully and without pain, after a three year battle with cancer. Born on March 14, 1928 to Gladys 'Gale' Goeggel, a journalist and social worker, and Henry Guilbert 'Gib' Darling, an illustrator, Bill was a fourth-generation San Franciscan. He grew up in S.F. and Sausalito, with his brother, John 'Rick' and sister, Sheila.

Bill graduated from Galileo High School at age 16. He spent a short stint in the US Army then attended UC Berkeley, earning his B.A. in economics in 1949.

His first marriage produced five children (Sherida, Antonia, Don Carlos, David, and Paul). In 1973, he married Betty Jane Keyser, and gained — daughters (Linda, Janis, and Nancy), creating a large, happy and successfully blended family.

Bill earned both an M.A. and Ph.d. at the University of the Pacific in Stockton and ultimately taught at UOP.

After retiring in 1989, Bill and Betty moved to the Sea Ranch. In 2003, they moved to Rogue Valley Manor in Medford. Bill was active in the music program at RVM, as well as starting a Great Discussions Group. He supported of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Santa Fe Opera.

Bill is survived by his wife, Betty Jane; brother, Rick; eight children; 18 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. His love of nature, passion for education and justice, and his love of the arts and music will live in the hearts of all who knew him.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Yosemite Fund for trials @ www.yosemitefund.org.