Willard E. Fox
December 11, 1941 - January 16, 2021
Bill was born to Vernis and Willard B. Fox in Chicago, Illinois on Dec. 11, 1941. In high school, Bill played football, but at halftime, he’d join the band to play trumpet, still in his football uniform, and often laughed how he never got to hear a "half-time pep talk"! He was a member of ROTC and while attending the University of Illinois at Navy Pier, joined the Pershing Rifles drill team where he met his wife, Kathy. Going downstate U. of I., he earned a Doctorate of Law, then moved to Oregon with his new wife. There he worked for the Oregon Tax Commission and Legislative Councilor’s office. He was a member of the Oregon National Guard and then the JAG program in the Navy. Bill became a deputy District Attorney and left there to join the Allen, Stortz and Barlow Law firm where he eventually became partner and pro-tem judge. In time, Bill also worked with attorneys, Susee and Olsen, and finally retired in 2005. Bill did a lot of civic work such as raising money for United Way, was president of the Salem Lions Club, on the Council of Governments, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Meals on Wheels, and more.
Bill had many interests outside of legal practice. He enjoyed swimming, scuba diving, skiing, biking with the Salem Bicycle Club, carpentry, and running which later transitioned from marathons to triathlons. These athletic pursuits led to countless life-long friendships and travel for various marathons including the Boston Marathon which he ran twice. His talents weren't limited to physical activities as he also became an accomplished photographer, winning several awards. Bill had a passion for adventure travel which took him to all corners of the world, including Borneo, Hong Kong, Morocco, India, Vietnam, the western United States and more.
Bill was a wonderful husband, father, brother and friend. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Susan and Beth; and sister Judith and family. Bill will be honored quietly by his family at a later date. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
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