Bill Heilman passed away on May 4, 2019. Bill was born on July 15, 1943 in Glendale, California, the second of 9 children born to Casper and Lucille Heilman. In November 1963 Bill married Penny Wonacott; in February 1965 they welcomed a son, Christian, and in June 1969 a son, Adam was born.
Bill originally worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad as a brakeman then transitioned to the drafting department. He attended USC, and CSULA achieving a degree in accounting. After graduating, Bill worked for accounting firm Ernst & Ernst in Los Angeles. Bill grew tired of the corporate world. In 1977 he purchased an accounting firm in Dunsmuir.
Originally a Yankees Fan, Bill became a Dodgers fan after their arrival in Los Angeles in 1958. He spoke of being at the LA Coliseum for the historic Roy Campanella Night, as well as Dodger Stadium to witness Sandy Koufax complete his second no hitter.
Bill teamed with of a group of local business people, forming Wintun Development, for the purpose of bringing back skiing to Mt. Shasta. In 1985 this goal was achieved as the Mt. Shasta Ski Park opened for business. “Bubba” (His Ski Park nickname courtesy of Arnie Breyer) remained part of the Ski Park until 2004.
Bill is survived by sons Christian Heilman of Seattle, Washington and Adam Heilman of Dunsmuir; granddaughter Brandy Hoerber of Lacey, Washington; great grandchildren Aiden and Emma Hoerber of Lacey, Washington; sister Patricia Martin of Temple City, California; brothers Bob Heilman of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, Tom Heilman of Los Angeles; Tim Heilman of Eugene, Oregon and Ed Heilman of Los Angeles, California. Bill was preceded in death by parents Casper and Lucille Heilman and brothers Jim Heilman, Charles Heilman, and Richard Heilman.
A remembrance celebration will be held on August 24 at 2 p.m. at the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens.