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William “Bill” MacKenzie, died peacefully July 9, 2019 at Mountain Glenn Retirement Community in Mount Vern.on, Washington. Bill was born May 21, 1921 in Lander, Wyoming to Hector and Camille Coalter MacKenzie.

After graduating from Lander Valley High School in 1939, Bill attended the University of Montana enlisting in the US Army Air Corps Reserve in May 1942. In March 1943, he was called to active duty serving in the 598th BOMB SQDN, 397th BOMB GRP stationed in France and was honorably discharged from the US Army in November 1945. While serving overseas he was awarded the Air Medal 3 times for combat missions.

Returning to the University of Montana, he graduated from the Forestry School in June 1946. Bill married Helen-Vaughan DeJarnette in Missoula, Montana June 7, 1946 and started his lifelong career in the Forest Service on June 12, 1946. He retired in 1977 after working over 30 years for the US Forest Service in Montana, then he and Helen-Vaughan moved to Mount Vernon that summer and built their retirement home.

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His survivors include his wife of 73 years Helen-Vaughan also of Mount Vernon and his children Robin (Jane)-Concord CA, Barbara-Yakima WA Byron-Kirkland WA Greg (Tuoi) Seattle WA and three grandchildren Shane, Austin (Jenna) and Shannon, and numerous extended family members. His parents, three sisters, and one brother preceded Bill in death.

In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials and donations can be made to the G.M. "Monk" DeJarnette Scholarship # 860, at the W. A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana, UM Foundation PO Box 7159 Missoula, MT 59807 or a charity of one's own choice. Memorial services will be at 1 PM Saturday September 14, 2019 at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 415 South 18th Street Mount Vernon, WA. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Hawthorne Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, WA. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be sent to Helen-Vaughan MacKenzie, 1810 E Division Street # 547 Mount Vernon, WA, 98274.

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