Lives Lived: William David McIntosh |

Lives Lived: William David McIntosh

William “Bill” McIntosh, a resident of Rossmoor near Walnut Creek, died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, on Aug. 11. He was 86.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27 at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord, Calif. A celebration of life will follow at Endeavor Hall, 6008 Center St., Clayton, Calif.

He was born in Portola, Calif., on March 24, 1924.

After gradating from high school in Susanville, Calif., he joined the United States Navy and was stationed on the USS St. Paul, serving during both World War II and Korea.

At the end of World War II, he married Dorothy “Dixie” Morgan from Scranton, Pa., and they settled in Susanville, where they raised their two daughters.

Mr. McIntosh began his career with the Lassen County Road Department in 1946. In 1955 he was named County Road Commissioner, and in 1960 became the first director of public works for Lassen County.

During his 41-year career he brought unique vision to local, state and national public works. He headed development of the County Route Marker Program adopted nationally in 1967. Lassen County received the first number, A-1, for Eagle Lake Road, a national award winner for its design and the only county road selected for the 1984 Olympic Torch relay.

In 2000, route A-1 was officially proclaimed the William D. McIntosh Highway.

Mr. McIntosh rose through the ranks of professional organizations to become president of the County Engineers Association (CEAC) and the National Association of County Engineers (NACE). CEAC created the William D. McIntosh Lifetime Achievement Award and NACE named him Rural County Engineer of the Year.

He created the California Loyal Order of Dedicated Servants (CLODS) and NACE’s Former Leaders, ensuring perpetual connectivity of public works leaders.

In 2002 Mr. and Mrs. McIntosh moved to Rossmoor. 

Mr. McIntosh is survived by his daughters Lenore (Ron Hunt) of Clayton, Donna (Mike Melendez) of Sacramento, Calif.; his sister, Maudie Walker of Grass Valley; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and many other loving relatives across the country.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife in 2004, his parents, and older sister, Dorothy Belle.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the CEAC Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Mike Sadjadi, CEAC Treasurer, 120 Round Court, Petaluma, CA 94952, or a charity of choice.

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