In Memory

William Koons

William Koons



 
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01/27/14 01:43 PM #1    

Ronette "Ronnie" Smillie (Declerck)

I remember Bill from Adeleine E. Kent elementary school days...8th grade...at the time, he and Dawn Urbais were good friends...i always wondered what he was like to know in those days...he was a real heart-stopper.  Later, when we got to Redwood, and a little older, we became friends...we had so much fun in that gorgeous red and white '57 Chevy convertible he drove...hahahaha...he was friendly, a little vulnerable and suggestible, while always being kind, and a dreamboat...never will forget him turning down the wrong side of Market Street, driving confidently fast into oncoming traffic (late at night so it was sparse, blessedly) with a gang of us in his car, unaware as to what he had done...he was an "A" student, I thought, but a little gullible along with it!  So sorry he is gone on, would love to see him now..


01/28/14 03:36 PM #2    

Willis Blackmore

I remember Bill Koons as always kind, gentle and friendly.  He seems (now at least) to have had a special kind of wisdom about social relationships.  I did not know him well, but always felt safe with him.  I hope he has a family that was lucky enough to have had him as a father and husband, uncle, and so on.  And I bet if he didn't "slide into home..." he just cruised over!


01/29/14 06:48 AM #3    

Kurt Wisecarver

Bill was a close friend. We lived only a couple blocks away and had a group that did a lot together - John Contos, John Jurvig, Don Rogers, Bill Skarich and as mentioned earlier, Dawn Urbais. I did not have much contact after he left for UC Berkeley but I understand he had a substance abuse problem and died at a very young age. So tragic for such a nice guy.


01/29/14 03:03 PM #4    

Thomas Tuttle

Bill's parents were very close to my parents and they had  been POW's in the pacific during WW2. Bill went to law school and graduated but I think he gad problems oassing the bar. I ran into Bill at Bechtel Corporation I think around 1980. Few years laterI heard that he took his own life and was both surprised and sad about such a bright talented guy being lost. He was a class learder and a gifted athlete that has been a great loss.


06/10/14 03:09 PM #5    

William Dimpfl (Dimpfl)

I saw Bill's sister, Barbara, at the '64 20th reunion in 1984 (I slipped back a year when my family moved to the Middle East for a couple of years). I learned from Barbara that Bill had taken his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. I didn't know Bill personally, but knew he and Dawn were "an item" in the 8th grade. Later I knew Dawn vaguly on a recognition basis. She was always friendly and gracious. Later my life became involved with the science community and I had little contact with old friends from pre college years. But let me return to memories of Bill. I remember going by his house once, probably from knowing Barbara. I remember that Bill had a classic Austin Healy with side view mirrors up on the fenders. I remember being shaken by hearing that Bill had died. It seemed that he had everything going for him.


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