William David Tillion, Sr.

William David Tillion Sr.

Oct. 9, 1946 – Oct. 20, 2018

William David Tillion Sr., age 72, died at his home in Fritz Creek, Alaska on Oct. 20, 2018.

He was born on Oct. 9, 1946 in Seward, Alaska to Clem and Diana Tillion. A life-long Alaska resident, Will lived in many places all over the state: Homer, Halibut Cove, Anchor Point, Nuka Bay and Adak, Alaska, to name a few.

He was self-employed as a fisherman, a boat and equipment operator, and loved to snow machine and read. Will was a physically powerful man with many skills; he was a talented boat operator and navigator, especially under the worst conditions. He mentored many people in fishing, tow-boating and pilot boat operating. The greatest part of what he shared – “When things go wrong, stay calm!”

He is preceded in death by his mother, Diana R. Tillion; son, Jedidiah Tillion; and daughter, Alice Tillion.

Will is survived by his wife, Marjorie E. Tillion of Fritz Creek; daughter, Tiffany Tillion of Florida; son, Will Tillion, Jr. of Arizona; his father, Clem Tillion Jr. of Halibut Cove, Alaska; sisters, Marian T. Beck of Halibut Cove and Martha T. Cotten of Halibut Cove; brother, Vincent Tillion of Halibut Cove; granddaughters, Melissa Todd of Anchorage, Elizabeth Burns of Anchorage, Ivy Tillion-Rodriguez of Port Graham, Alaska, and Mercedes Pennington of Anchorage; grandson, Alex Tillion of Bozeman, Montana, five great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and extended family, as well as many lifelong friends.