William Howard (Bill) Lock, 80, passed away Monday, Feb. 25, in Sun City, Calif., in the company of his wife and two children.
He died peacefully at his home after cancer claimed his life.
Lock’s friends and family will celebrate his life with a memorial service Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Sun City United Methodist Church, 30220 Carmel Road, Sun City.
Lock, an Illinois native, enjoyed a quixotic upbringing. He followed his adventurous father from Illinois to Colorado and finally to Concord, Calif. He graduated from Mt. Diablo High School in 1950. A fetching sophomore, Marjorie McGregor, caught his fancy. They married in 1953 and would have celebrated their 60th anniversary in July.
Lock served in the U.S. Navy for four years during the Korean War, receiving an honorable discharge in 1956. He graduated from California State University, Chico, earning a degree in education. He completed his coursework for a master’s degree in education from California State University, Northridge.
Lock spent his career as a teacher and school administrator in Santa Paula, Calif., at Isbell Junior High School, and in Penn Valley, Calif., at Ready Springs School. At Ready Springs, a small school district in Northern California, Lock served as principal and superintendent for many years.
He returned to the classroom there to teach to finish his career. Many students benefitted from the insightful and caring instruction and mentorship Lock dispensed. Lock mentored many aspiring teachers for Chapman College for four years after his retirement.
The Locks moved to Sun City in 1997. They quickly became integrated into the community at the Club, participating in many activities and making many friends. They also traveled throughout the world.
Lock served on the board of the Club’s Association for three terms and actively participated in the Sun City United Methodist Church. The outpouring of love and remembrances of Lock have been a testament to his caring, warm and engaging demeanor.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie, of Sun City, son, David and his wife, Jennie, of Lyons, Colo., daughter, Kelley Heinz and her husband, Ralph Heinz, of Norco, Calif. Lock adored his four surviving grandchildren, Katie, Sarah Lock, Brandon and Taylor Heinz. Lock also considered Takeyuki Ozawa a son. Ozawa lived with the Lock’s for a year as foreign exchange student and now is a college professor and veterinarian in Tokyo.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Lock’s memory may be sent to Sun City United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 30220 Carmel Road, Sun City, CA, 92586.