Longtime Soldotna resident William F. Gavin died Sunday, June 1, 2008, at his home in Soldotna. He was 61.
Memorial services and the scattering of his cremated remains will take place at a later date.
Mr. Gavin was born Nov. 1, 1946, to William and Viola Gavin in St. Louis, Mo., where he attended high school and college. He joined the U.S. Marines in 1965 and was honorably discharged in 1967.
He moved to Alaska in 1970 living in Anchorage for a few years, working for the Municipality of Anchorage Parks and Recreation as a teen program coordinator until making his home in Soldotna. Mr. Gavin guided hunting and fishing trips on the Kenai Peninsula for 20 years until retiring in 1995. His passion was hunting and fishing.
"Bill courageously and proudly served his country in the USMC as a rifleman in Vietnam. He was severely wounded in 1967 and was honorably discharged that same year. He received many medals, including several purple hearts. He was first and always a Marine," his family said. "Bill loved his 20 years as a fishing guide on the Kenai River in boat No. 081. His camp was a gathering spot where many friends, tourists and old-time Alaskans swapped fishing and hunting tales and exploits. He loved to show off his wall of fame, which was filled with pictures of fishing and hunting expeditions. Bill will be missed, but not forgotten by those who knew and loved him. He is survived by many best friends, fishing and hunting companions and Marine brothers from around the world -- 'Semper Fidelis.'
Mr. Gavin was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Fay E. Gavin of Soldotna; Fay's two daughters; and Fay's six granddaughters.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made in memory of William to The Disabled American Veterans (DAV), 231 E. Swanson Ave. #32-B. Wasilla, Alaska 99654.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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