William Roger “Bill” Balfrey, born July 14, 1937, died March 18, 2017 at the age of 79.
Bill lived his life in Siskiyou County except for a few short years in colleges and the military. He took tremendous pride in his Scott Valley heritage and his family home town of Etna. Bill came from a pioneering family who traveled by covered wagon to the community of Etna in the 1850s.
Bill taught Psychology, Speech, Cross Country Skiing, Winter Survival and People Tracking at College of the Siskiyous for 36 years. He also developed and coordinated a Wilderness Emergency Medical course and taught a course, “Getting Lost is Preventable.”
He was president of the COS Faculty Association two times and served as Faculty Parliamentarian. He was once a member and president of the Weed Kiwanis Club.
Bill was very active in the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue organization and held different positions, including Training Officer and Group Leader.
He was also a member of the Sheriff’s Posse and a life member of the NRA. He was very involved with the Siskiyou County Historical Society after his retirement.
Bill loved teaching and watching insights and awareness develop within the students; spending time on Search and Rescue, either tracking or using his Tucker Sno Cat in a winter search mission; and most of all riding his saddle mule up the trail to his much loved Abbott Ranch on the North Fork of the Salmon River, as well as packing on up into the Marble Mountain Wilderness.
Bill leaves his wife, Willo Balfrey; two stepdaughters; and four wonderful grandchildren.
A family gathering is planned at a later date.
Any contributions may be made to the Siskiyou County Search and Rescue organization.
Online condolences may be made at www.girdnerfuneralchapel.com. Girdner’s is assisting the family.