William "Bill" W. FredricksMarch 31, 1946 ~ November 24, 2017 (age 71)
In Loving Memory of William “Bill” Fredricks -- Bill passed away on November 24, 2017, after a short illness surrounded by his family.
William Walker Fredricks was born on March 31, 1946, to Dorothy Jean and William M. Fredricks in Madison Wisconsin. Bill spent his youth between West Chicago, Illinois and Kimball, Nebraska. Bill had a special bond while living with his Granddad, Fred Walker who was an architect and engineer. Clara and Fred Walker's home sat on the DuPage River. Here, Bill began creating and designing all forms of transportation and his roots in architecture and design were formed.
In 1959 Bill moved with his mother and sister to Kimball, Nebraska and then later to Cheyenne Wyoming. He was a graduate of Central High School in Cheyenne and later attended the University of Wyoming.
On November 29th, 1968 he married the love of his life, Marilyn Smith. From this union, they had two beautiful daughters Nancy and Deanna. Bill worked at the Wyoming Highway Dept., Cannon Aeronautical Center, and Laramie County Community College as an Audio Visual Department Director and as an instructor. He opened Fredricks Laboratories for film development and photographer for the Wyoming State Attorney General’s Office of Criminal Investigation.
In 1979 Marilyn and Bill packed up a U-Haul and two little girls and moved west to Boise, Idaho for a better quality of life for their family. Neither had a job. However, both found work quickly and planned their life around spending time as a family and fitting in as much boating and fishing as possible.
In Boise, Bill worked for Trus Joist Lumber products and produced design manuals and invented machines to solve problems such as the “flying chop saw”. Bill also worked for Westco, Pac Tech, and Conveyor Engineering. Bill was employed by Triumph Log Homes to design and manage the construction of over 100 custom log homes and structures in Idaho.
Bill even designed his own log home built in 1981 and this is where he resided for the last 36 yrs. This home fostered Bill's innovations. He loved working "3 feet from center." Bill said, "If the machine helps make the house payment, it deserves to live in the middle of the living room." He took pride in the fact that he was self-employed for most of his career. He always said that everyone should at some point in their life have the responsibility of making payroll to know what being in business was really like!
In 1999, Bill followed a roofer friend to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands to try and sell a transportation design he created, "The Marnandea." While on Island he quickly got “island fever” and became licensed to remodel and import building supplies. In 2002 Marilyn and Bill moved to St. Thomas and they fell in love with the warm sands and the Caribbean Sea, Megan's Bay Beach, boating, and island hopping. Bill’s legacy continues on with his last company, Marico, doing work for Lionstone Development in the Islands.
Bill was a problem solver and took pride in helping others work through their problems at hand. He had an insatiable, creative mind. Bill wanted to be remembered as an honest businessman, and as a loving provider for his family.
Bill is survived by, his wife, Marilyn; daughters, Nancy Fredricks and Deanna (Jeff) Fulcher; grandsons, Carter and Calvin William Fulcher; granddaughter, Ava Fredricks; sister, Sandy Gantz and half-brother, Gerry Fredricks of Kansas; nieces, Kathy Porter and Lynn Whitaker.
Memorial Services will be held Friday, December 1st, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Foothills Christian Church, 9655 W. State St., Garden City, Idaho. Bowman Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.