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.