Obituary of William Howard “Bill” Odom |

Obituary of William Howard “Bill” Odom

Longtime California resident William Howard “Bill” Odom was called home on March 8, 2016 surrounded by family and his beloved dog Toby. He was born on March 5, 1951 at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida, to Marvin Woodrow and Lucy Frances Odom (Whaples). Following his graduation from Oakmont High School (Roseville, CA) in 1969, Bill sought his fortune drilling for oil and natural gas in Wyoming, Oklahoma and Texas. In the 1980s, Bill earned his contractor’s license, private pilot’s license, became a skilled cabinet maker and dabbled in construction in Alaska and Hawaii. Those places weren’t home, so Bill returned to Grass Valley where he was better able to pursue his true passion — fishing.

“Fish on!” was one of Bill’s favorite phrases. To enable his passion, Bill purchased a boat and became a fishing guide. When he wasn’t pounding nails, flying the friendly skies or fishing, he could be found next to a campfire by a lake with his guitar in his hands. Bill is survived by his brothers, Tom and Doug Odom and Dan (Karen) McMullen; his sister Linda (Steve) Bronson; and a bevy of nieces and nephews. A memorial and remembrance of Bill’s life is planned for 11 a.m., June 1, 2016 at Newcastle cemetery, 850 Taylor Road, Newcastle California.

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