William â€śBillâ€ť Lee McCammon, a longtime resident of Colville, passed away on July 27, 2011 in Colville at the age of 76. Bill was born on Jan. 20, 1935 in Spokane, the son of William Clair and Frances (Nower) McCammon.
Bill was raised and attended school in Colville, where he graduated from Colville High School in 1953 as a 12- year senÂ¬ior. On March 19, 1954, Bill married his grade school sweetÂ¬heart, Velda Fay Holland, in Colville. They moved to Spokane where Bill worked for 27 years with the Washington State DeÂ¬partment of Transportation. The first 17 of those years was spent with the Engineering division in Spokane. During that time, he worked on various projects to design and construct Interstate 90 through Eastern Washington. He spent years working on projects to construct the interstate through the city of Spokane. For the last 10 years of his career, he was the Colville Area Highway Maintenance Superintendent. The respect he earned and friendships that formed during those 27 years remained strong throughout his lifetime.
In 1970, Bill and Velda purchased Holland Nursing Home from Veldaâ€™s mother, changed the name to Buena Vista, and expanded the facility multiple times over the next 30-plus years. When Bill retired in July of 1982 from the State of Washington, he continued his ownership role at Buena Vista and worked at the nursing home in the mornings and then focused on the needs of his â€śgolf gameâ€ť in the afternoons. Due to the regularity of Billâ€™s schedule and time on the golf course, his grandchildren affectionately referred to Billâ€™s time golfing as though he were at â€śwork.â€ť Bill felt it was an occupational requirement to travel to different golf courses and therefore managed to play at nearly every course from Colville to Mexico to Scotland. His most noÂ¬table â€śworkâ€ť accomplishments were â€śTeeâ€ťing-off at Pebble Beach and St. Andrews golf courses. In 1983, Bill and Velda began enjoying the winter months in Yuma, Arizona. They enjoyed 27 winter seasons in Yuma, filled with golf, warm weather and socializing with friends.
Bill was a child at heart who loved to play. He loved to play with his children, his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren and any other child who happened to be blessed by his presence. He worked to play golf, take trips with family and friends and cherished his time on this earth. Bill was a gifted athlete and was successful in any sporting activity. He also enjoyed fly-fishing, tying flies, as well as hunting in Washington and Idaho. Bill had a wonderful way with dogs and his life would not have been complete without the companionship of Coco and Sassy, his faithful and favorite dogs.
Bill was a past member of the Moose Lodge in Spokane and a longtime member of the Elks Lodge in Colville.
He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Steve Cox, and by and brother-in-law, Jerry Morin.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Velda McCammon, Colville; daughters, Lorri Carter and husband, Scott, Colville; Linda Cox-Junker and husband, Dave, Colville; son, Bill McCammon and wife, Tracey, Spokane; grandchildren, Kristi Bushnell, Angie Vaagen, Jason Cox, Josh Cox, Casey Cox, Brandi Simundson, Michael McCammon; great-grandchildren, Carter, Bryce, Kylee, Natasha, Tatiana, Kenzie; sisters, Judy Othmer and husband, John, Bellingham; JoAnn Carnes and husband, LeRoy, Spokane; Janet Morin, Spokane; Patricia Manfred, Spokane; brother, Mike McCammon and wife Barb, Spokane, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will begin and 11 a.m., Thursday, August 4 at the Ag-Trade Center in Colville. Pastor Shane Moffitt will officiate. Cremation will follow the funeral at the Danekas CreÂ¬matory.
Please visit the on-line memorial at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Dominion Meadows Athletic Association.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.