William “Bill” Garloch | Passages

Bill passed away July 5, 2017 after a lengthy illness. He was born in Arlington, Virginia on Jan. 3, 1949.

When he was three years old his family relocated to California where he attended various schools, graduating from Camarillo High School in 1967. He attended Oregon State University and was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity.

Bill spent several years in the Lake Tahoe area working in the restaurant business and then found his way to Orcas Island in the early 1980s. He initially worked at Rosario and a few years later became self-employed, working as a tile setter and general handyman. His workmanship was excellent, and he often took on jobs that others didn’t want to bother with.

Bill loved Orcas Island. He loved to fish, and would annually plan a several day stay at Cascade or Mountain Lake. He was a member of the American Legion, and for many years had a daily ritual of meeting up with friends for a beverage in the late afternoon. He also was a member of the Orcas Sportsman Club and was instrumental in growing the club. He was an avid pistol shooter and won many awards for his marksmanship.

Bill was a rather shy person; soft spoken and generally quiet and docile. He had a kind soul and cared deeply about his friends. He was intelligent, self-reliant and knew how to do many things well. He was a hard one to beat at a game of Scrabble or Backgammon! He enjoyed a daily crossword puzzle and would always do them in pen – and almost always finish them.

He is survived by his sister Christine (Dirk) of Boise, Idaho, a brother Scott (Christine) of Heber City, Utah, one niece and two nephews. He will be sadly missed by many. Rest in peace, Bill.

Graveside services will be at Woodlawn Cemetery Thursday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m.