Bill Wong left us on June 12, 2020 to be reunited with his loving Wife and partner of 30+ years Mary Jane Nielsen-Wong and their dogs Jock, Tellus, Hunter, Timber, Chaser, and Thunder.
Bill believed in hard work, honesty and doing the right thing. He was a No Guts No Glory kinda guy. He loved fast cars and carving up the slopes, but Bill was most proud of his times serving others with National Ski Patrol at Sugar Bowl and as a Volunteer Mission Ready handler in the CAlifornia Rescue Dog Association doing search and rescue missions with Mary and their dogs. Bill was always prepared to help.
Bill was born in Isleton, CA on October 23, 1937 to Tat and Lin Choy Chow. Bill Wong was the oldest of 4 and grew up on the farm where he learned to work hard and got into mischievous trouble with his quiet sense of humor.
Early on Bill pursued his love for skiing and moved to Utah, working in information systems, volunteering on the slopes with the National Ski Patrol, and water skiing the lakes in the summer. Bill proudly served our country in the Army while in Utah. Bill’s love for skiing and Porsche’s took him all over the world with ski club friends skiing in the Swiss Alps, Canada and traveling to Stuttgart to tour the Porsche factory.
Bill’s adventurous nature and love for his family brought him back to California and the Bay Area where he could continue to work with computers as a systems analyst.
Bill met Mary at a tech conference in the Bay area and it was a great match -they were both fun, active, and shared a boundless love for the outdoors. Mary joined Bill in volunteering with ski patrol and their commitment to service and the Sierra Mountains grew with their love in raising and training dogs. Bill and Mary started volunteering with CARDA in 1990, finding their true calling and began helping with search and rescue missions across California.
Having a successful career in early Information Technology systems, Bill retired from Fleming Foods in 1999, never looked back and moved to Foresthill with Mary to their dream home in the Mountains to be closer to skiing, enjoy their land, raise generations of search dogs and be available to help assist with more CARDA rescue missions. Bill and Mary were extremely active and spent 20+ years training and volunteering with CARDA and National Ski Patrol. Bill and Mary assisted in over 300 hundred searches all over the State. They were kind and generous and set a good example of service for future generations. Bill’s CARDA dog Cedar is retired and living a peaceful life in Grass Valley with friends.
Bill is survived by his sister Louise, his brother Tom, Nieces Maggie, Jessica, Rebecca and Erica, Nephews Mike, John, Thomas, and 14 grand nieces and nephews. Uncle Bill loved his family dearly and as the oldest son he took on a role as head of the family and always looked after all of us. He will be greatly missed by all.
The Mountains are calling, and I must go…John Muir
In lieu of a funeral, donations can be made in Bill's name to CARDA.org