Oklahoma City —
As a community, civic and professional leader, Bill has served as past president of Fortune Club, an association of business leaders; The East Central Alumni Association; past president of the East Central Foundation and a board member; The National Television Programming Conference; and past president of the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and a board member. He has chaired or served on numerous projects and events committees for many professional, charitable or civic organizations, including “Opening Night,” the Downtown Arts Council of Oklahoma City New Year’s Eve Celebration, The Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, State Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma Public Schools Foundation, Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts, Allied Arts, United Way, the advisory committee of the Oklahoma Heritage Association and the Western Heritage Awards Committee of the National Western Heritage and Cowboy Museum.
Bill’s other love was music, especially the interpreters of the great American songbook, be it instrumentalists like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Quincy Jones, George Shearing, Marty Paich and the like or vocalists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Tony Bennett, The Four Freshmen or the new kid; Tierney Sutton, Diana Krall and John Pizzarelli, to name a few. Bill played the piano and for many years worked professionally in small combos and bands after his work day at the television station.
Special thanks to all the caregivers from Adonis Caregivers Solutions, especially Michael Elsworth and Maraya Kienlen, to Frontier Hospice and to the incredible staff at OETA.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the OETA Foundation, the East Central University Foundation, the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Heritage Association, Allied Arts or The Western Heritage Museum.
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Criswell Funeral Home, Ada