William H. MacFaden

Born: Tue., Jun. 22, 1943
Died: Fri., Dec. 27, 2013


Military Honors

2:00 PM Wed., Feb. 19, 2014
Location: Evergreen Cemetery


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William Hugh "Bill" MacFaden passed away at his home in Leadville
Colorado Friday, December 27, 2013. He was born in Los Angeles,
California on June 22, 1943 to John Raymond and Moya Louise MacFaden of Hermosa Beach, California.

Bill grew up in Hermosa Beach graduating from Mira Costa High School
in 1961. He attended California Maritime Academy in Vallejo,
California graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nautical Science
in 1966. He joined Chevron as 3rd Mate aboard the SS M.E Lombardi, a
chemical tanker. He was commissioned Ensign in United States Naval
Reserve the following year serving aboard USS JOUETT, USS TRIPOLI and USS ACADIA. He served as instructor at the Naval Shiphandling School, Little Creek Virginia. He won the American Institute of Merchant Shipping's Ship Safety Achievement Award for rescues at Sea in 1979 and again in 1984 for the rescue of Ann and Willi Loos and their vessel the "Loos Goose".

He was the first Master Mariner of the B. T. San Diego, a very large
crude carrier transporting American crude oil from Alaska to Panama
from 1978 to 1985. As a Permanent Master at Marine Transport Lines
Inc, his final days at sea were as Captain of the MV Marine Reliance,
a car carrier to which he was a consultant on it's design for Sumitomo
Heavy Industry. He retired in 1989 without logging one day of illness
or injury.

Bill retired to Leadville, Colorado in 1990 where he built small
craft, restored a Victorian-era home and enjoyed the outdoors golfing,
flying, rafting, surfing, skiing, travel, supporting charity and civic
causes until his death. He is survived by his sisters, Nancy MacFaden,
Norine Garske, Kerry Flynn, and Christy Armstrong, by his brother John
MacFaden, sons Michael and Hugh MacFaden, grandchildren Connor,
Meghan, Kevin, Molly and Lance and numerous nieces and nephews, dear
friends Jeanne and Alex Willis. He is preceded in death by his parents
and brother Dennis.

Military Honors will be given at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at the Veteran's Memorial in Evergreen Cemetery, Leadville.  Please click on the "Condolences" tab above to send a condolence to the MacFaden family.

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Sara Jane Herr
   Posted Mon December 30, 2013
Bill was such a good man, when I bartended at the Silver Dollar he was a regular, we became good friends, he also attended quite a few of our Christmas Parties, and had a ball!!!! its been years so forgive me , I remeber his close buddy who was a pilot would come visit often and he attended our christmas parties also, Bill was so sad when his friend died in a plane crash, so now they meet again and are flying around the world, he also liked his get away beach trips!!!! I will miss you Billy and it was an honor and a pleasure knowing you---God Less to his sons, good friends, and family

Wallace Slough
   Posted Tue December 31, 2013
Willy and I were classmates at Cal Maritime graduating in 1966. We hadn't seen each other for many years, and hooked back up at a reunion a few years back. We were able to rekindle our wonderful friendship, and I was hoping for it to last for many more years. He was a wonderful man who will be sorely missed by all who knew him. What an independent soul! He lived his life as he wanted for his entire lifespan. Not many of us can make that statement. I recall when the last space shuttle was being launched and he picked up and drove to Florida in a heartbeat to watch it's final flight. That was typical of Willy! The next trip I heard he made was down the Grand Canyon in a dory, a trip that I asked if he'd repeat and his reply was, "too many rivers, too little time". Little did we know! A great guy and a fine seaman.

Laura Kovary
   Posted Mon January 06, 2014
I met Bill on the B.T. SAN DIEGO in December of 1981. He was a terrific Captain….both calm and intelligent. I always admired his amazing knowledge of history. It didn’t matter if it was California history, maritime history, or U.S. history, he remembered everything! I loved his smile, his bright blue eyes, and his even temper. Bill was always up for surfing, skiing, hiking, sailing, or rowing and of course rebuilding houses. I learned so much from Bill…about seamanship and sailing, home repairs and construction, how to ski beyond the “snowplow”, and all about our parrots. Dear Squeaky and funny ET traveled many miles with us before flying off to heaven. Bill loved his dogs and they too logged countless miles with Bill. My love for Bill evolved and endured through the years….I have many wonderful memories, but I was not ready to let him go….

Dean and Gay Prophet
   Posted Tue January 07, 2014
We hope your family finds peace in the new year. We are friends of Kerry and Dennis. God bless you all!

Bill & Lori Townsend
   Posted Sat January 18, 2014
Our condolences to the family of Bill MacFaden. Were so very sorry to read the news in our local paper, The Beach Reporter. Bill's yearly updates (after he left the beach area) at Christmas was so very thoughtful and appreciated. First time ever skiing, borrowed his skis and boots. Bill will be missed.
- From the Southern California Beach Cities area, Bill & Lori Townsend

ROBERT MANN
   Posted Sun January 19, 2014
BILLS DEATH WAS BOTH SCHOCK AND SORROW TO ALL OF US HE WAS THE PICTURE OF HEALTH /FULL OF LIFE AND DREAMS WHEN HE VISITED MY HOUSE IN CARBONDALE LAST SUMMER PICKNG UP YET ANOTHER PROJECT AN ARMOIR FOR HIS FRIEND JENNIE WE TALKED AT LEANTH ABOUT THE EARLY DAYS WE MET IN GRADESCHOOL IN HERMOSA , LEARNING TO SURF BUILDING SAILBOATS FAMILY SKI TRIPS TO BIG BEAR ,MAMMOTH MT. SPENDING MANY WONDERFUL SUMMERS AT THEBEACH HOUSE,KING HARBOR SAILING CATALINA ISLAND ETC. OUR PATHS PARTED WHEN HE SHIPPED OUT AND I MOVED TO COLO IN 1975 ONLY TO RECONNECT WHEN HE MOVED TO LEADVILLE! WE ENJOYED MANY YEARS BOATING,SKIING ,4- WHEELING DOGS AND LATE NIGHTS TALKING ABOUT THE GOOD OL DAYS ! THE THINGS HE TAUGHT ME ABOUT SURFING ,SAILING ,BUILDING ,AND A GOOD BEER WILL ALLWAYS BE REMEMBERED!SINCERELY BOB MANN CARBONDALE/ASPEN /MARATHON FLORIDA WH MACFADEN

Maria Perri Carr
   Posted Mon January 20, 2014
My deepest condolences to the MacFaden family. I saw the announcement in the Easy Reader. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Bill was such a nice man. Please take care. Maria

Lynda Bissett
   Posted Fri January 24, 2014
Greetings to Jeanne, Alex, Bill's sons and the rest of his family - from someone you barely know. I am Bob Mann's first wife, Lynda. A couple of weeks ago, Bob called our daughter, Laura, to tell her that Bill had passed, and then of course I knew. I was devastated. I met Bill almost as soon as I met Bob, which had to be 1967. Although he's been off to many different places since then - in and out of our lives, I felt I knew him well. Such a genuine person! I loved him - too. Laura and I visited Bill in Leadville last summer. He was the picture of health! I will treasure those few hours with him for a long time to come. Laura and I plan to come for the memorial service and hope to meet many of you fine people that I've heard so much about!

Brett Whitaker
   Posted Tue February 04, 2014
Bill was an upperclassman when I arrived at Cal Maritime. He used his position to act as a mentor and instructor rather than a martinet. For this he will always be appreciated. After graduation we would occasionally cross paths which was always a pleasant experience. Fair winds, Mac.

Michael Owens
   Posted Wed February 05, 2014
Fair Seas and God Bless!

Pete Bonebakker
   Posted Fri February 07, 2014
I first met Bill at CMA though not well he was 1st class and I was just entering. Our paths crossed many times over the years. The last time I talked to him was SE of Jamaica. His ship the Marine Chemist was bound for the Panama Canal and we were headed for Loop off Louisiana. I always had regard for Bill as a seaman. Professional through and through.
Fairwinds and following seas.

Dennis Moehl
   Posted Sat February 22, 2014
I first met Bill at the California Maritime Academy. He was a retread from the class of ‘65 and graduated in 1966. He was a classmate of my brother, Jan, who graduated in 1965. I was a third class midshipman in 1965-1966.

Our paths crossed again in 1980 when I was assigned C/E in SS B.T. San Diego. We were shipmates until 1985 or so, when he left to commission and Captain the M/V Marine Reliance. I finally left BT San Diego in 1989, due to deteriorating working conditions brought on by the Tanker Service Committee’s 1984 cut rate contract with the Marine Engineer’s Beneficial Association. That 1984 contract session also resulted in de-certification of the Masters, Mates and Pilots Union.

I had many “sea story” worthy adventures in BT San Diego, some with Bill. He was the consummate seaman and a good shipmate.

Farewell, my Captain,

Dennis Moehl
Chief Engineer, retired

Jill Hecq Sullivan
   Posted Mon July 14, 2014
When I didn't get my yearly Christmas card, I felt something was wrong. When I received a call this week about Bill's passing, I wasn't surprised, but, deeply sad, as we have been friends since I was 15 years old. We met in High School, and
remained long distant friends. We exchanged Birthday and Christmas cards for over 40 years, I will truly miss that. My heart goes out to the family. He was
a very good man. Sincerely, Jill


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