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William David Mork

July 16, 1948 - March 22, 2018

William D. Mork passed on to glory on March 22, 2018, with his sweetheart and life partner, Gail, at his side.  Bill was born in Hayward, California July 16, 1948, the fourth of five children of Jim and Edna (Miller) Mork.  While attending Hayward High School, Bill worked summers at Hunt’s Cannery.  After graduating in 1966, Bill attended a one-year Bible school in Culver City.  He then went to Alaska and worked in construction and commercial fishing for several months.  Bill served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1970 and did a tour of duty with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam.

Upon return, Bill resumed his education enrolling at Chabot Community College and continued on to graduate from Cal-State University, Hayward.  Bill and Gail (Tate) Mork were married March 25, 1972 and had one son, Benjamin James, born August 29, 1976.  Ben died in a car accident in 2009.  Bill was also preceded in death by brothers Glenn and Johnny, and by his sister LeEtta.  Brother Jim, Jr. resides in Green Valley, Arizona with his wife Diana.  Bill also has many loving nieces and nephews.

Bill’s work experience included working for City of Hayward as a part-time Animal Control Officer while attending college on the G.I. Bill, which later evolved as a full-time position with Hayward, and then with the City of Fremont.  In 1980 Bill hired on as a Police Officer for Southern Pacific railroad in Oakland.  In 1986 Bill returned to employment with the City of Hayward as a Zoning Inspector.  He retired from the city in December 2004 as a Code Enforcement Supervisor.

Bill and Gail moved to Salem, Oregon in 2005.  Bill volunteered at Salem Heights Elementary School as a reading tutor, and with Salem Fire Department as part of the Civilian Emergency Response Team (CERT).  Bill was a past member of Willamette Valley Street Rods and owned a 1946 Chevy pick-up with Camaro running gear.  Bill also enjoyed visiting the Oregon coast, working in the yard, and taking cruises with Gail. Bill and Gail were also involved with Salem Heights Church.

Graveside services will be10:00am Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Belcrest Memorial Park in Salem.  In lieu of flowers, a contribution to Samaritan’s Purse would be preferred. 

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Gail I am so sorry for your loss, I am so lucky to have worked with Bill in Code Enforcement. You are in my prayers.

I was so sorry to here about Bill’s passing.  I worked with Bill in Hayward for many years.  He was a good boss and friend.  My thoughts are with Gail.  

Gail, I am deeply saddened by the news of Bill's passing. I worked with Bill at the City of Hayward and considered him a good friend.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.  With deepest sympathy.

I was fortunate to work with Bill at the City of Hayward, in fact, he's the person who hired me.  We both shared a love for animals, as did many others on his staff.  He was wonderful to work with and I always felt that he regarded us all as equals, not that we worked "for" him ... but "with" him.  He was supportive to me during a particularly difficult personal situation I experienced while I worked there, and I always appreciated that.  He used the term "buddy" quite often and that conveyed how he felt about the folks he worked with.  I rarely, if ever, saw Bill outside of the work environment but I felt we shared a wonderful friendship as well.  I appreciated the emails Bill would send out that had photos of animals or the occasional joke or two; I was glad he remembered to share such things with those he'd left behind in the Bay Area. 
Finally, my most sincere condolences to Gail; I am so glad they were able to relocate to Oregon and share so many happy and peaceful years together there.

I too worked with Bill at the City of Hayward for many years.  There are a couple of us left at the City that have many fond memories of Bill and were sad to hear of his passing. Reminiscing of the many crazy things we did together as a group of Code Enforcement Inspectors brings laugh out loud moments. Bill was kind and soft-spoken and tried real hard to be a mentor not a supervisor. I will never forget him. Robbie and I often talk about the early days at Hayward and all the funny things Bill shared about his Animal Control years. He was truly one of a kind! Rest In Peace my friend. Gail our deepest sympathies and prayers.