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William "Bill" F. Lake Jr.

August 22, 1945 ~ January 4, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old

William "Bill" Lake Jr. Obituary

William F. Lake, Jr. passed away suddenly on 4 Jan 24 during his daily walk.  Bill was born on 22 Aug 45 in Long Beach, CA to Lt Col (USAF Ret) William F. and Annetta P. Lake.  He was the oldest of 6 children – 3 boys (Bill, Bob, Jeff) followed by 3 girls (Geri, Christine, and Mary). Bill was preceded in death by his parents and 2 siblings, Bob and Mary. 

Bill is survived by his beloved wife, Phyllis, daughter, Jennifer, brother Jeff Lake (Diane), sister Geri Lentz (Dave), and sister Christine Lake. He is also survived by nephews and nieces and their children, Jeff and Bethany Mixson (Chase, Kelsey and her daughter Mila, and Matthew), Linn and Jonny Post (Anisten and Barrett), Kathryn and Aaron Eshkenazi (Ellie, Piper, and Alaina), and Jake Lake-Sahm (Bentley). He also leaves behind aunts, uncles, and cousins in California and Oregon.

Bill’s love of flying started early as a Civil Air Patrol pilot in Denver, where he graduated from Machebeuf High School. He remained in contact with his favorite teachers there and attended school reunions over the years. Bill went on to graduate from Stanford University in 1970 with Electrical Engineering Bachelor’s and Master‘s degrees in both hardware and software engineering. He was a proud member of the Stanford Marching Band and a member of ROTC.

Bill joined the Air Force after graduation and was stationed at Eglin where he met the love of his life, Phyllis Ann Smith. They were married 3 Sep 72 and enjoyed more than 51 years of marriage. Bill transitioned from the Air Force to a 26-year Civil Service career at the Freeman Computer Sciences Laboratory where he was instrumental in developing the real-time system hardware/software capability, which became known as the Central Control Facility. He retired from Civil Service in January, 2003. After enjoying years of retirement where he always had ongoing projects, he returned to the workforce and spent 8 wonderful years at Smith’s Antiques Mall in Miramar Beach. Bill had a knack of helping customers find the perfect piece and he also did complex woodworking repairs.

He enjoyed many hobbies – woodworking, antiquing, stamps, coins, trains, and was an avid collector of anything mechanical.

The world is a much sadder place with the loss of Bill. He was such a good man – a beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle – smart and strong, kind and caring. You will remain in our hearts forever, Bill. According to his wishes, the family will celebrate Bill’s life at a later date.

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