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William C. “Bill” McCown

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From page A2 | September 23, 2013 | 17 Comments

William McCown

April 16, 1937 — Sept. 14, 2013

Bill McCown, 76 years old, longtime resident of Pollock Pines, passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 14, 2013. The son of Floyd and Eloise McCown, Bill was born on April 16, 1937, in Niles, Calif. He graduated from Sonora High School, attended Westmont College, and received his Bachelor’s Degree and teaching credential from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Bill married his high school sweetheart, Linda Carey, on Aug. 31, 1957. In 1960 he began his teaching career in Castro Valley. In 1964 he decided he was tired of the city and moved his family to the beautiful town of Pollock Pines to work for the Pollock Pines School District as a teacher. He later served as principal of Pinewood for many years, but returned to the classroom because of his dedication to teaching. He taught at Sierra Ridge and was active in their athletics program. He had a love for teaching and a commitment to education and mentoring students. Even after retiring from teaching in 1997 he returned to Sierra Ridge to work part time as the Dean of Students.

Bill was dearly loved by his wife of 56 years, Linda McCown; and his children, Jeri (Bob) Avery, Matt McCown, Kelly (Cindy) McCown and Joni (Chris) Campos; and his sister, Susie (Dave) Ives. He will be deeply missed by his grandchildren, Matthew, Steve, Holly, Niki, Paul, Josh, Ty and Rebeca; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Eloise McCown; a brother, Leslie “Buzz” McCown; and his daughter-in-law, Terri McCown.

Bill attended the Pollock Pines Community Church, 6361 Pony Express Trail, where a celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 11 a.m., followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Partners in Care, P.O. Box 845, Placerville, CA 95667. Friends may sign an electronic guestbook and leave condolences at chapelofthepinesfunerals.com.

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  • Terri LangfordSeptember 23, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    May Mr. McCowan rest in peace. He was the greatest teacher and principal anyone could ask for. My prayers go out to his family!!

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  • DaciliaSeptember 23, 2013 - 12:25 pm

    Im truly sad to hear of this. You were a great elementary teacher to us. Prayers to your family. You will be missed.

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  • Patricia ChappleSeptember 23, 2013 - 2:09 pm

    Mr. McCowan, May you rest in peace, There are not to many teacher who make such a difference in their students lives as you did. Thank you for all the memories. Prayers to your family.

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  • Helen K. RivardSeptember 23, 2013 - 3:29 pm

    We loved this man. Have not seen him in several years. He was both of our son's principal and teacher he was wonderful with our boys, God bless friend.

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  • Sally NunleySeptember 23, 2013 - 4:57 pm

    One of the best role models one could ask for! I was a student secretary in the office at Pinewood while he was principal. He was a man to be respected that also had a gift with children and a zest for life. Rest in Peace, Mr. McCown!

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  • Renee FossumSeptember 23, 2013 - 6:26 pm

    I wasn't fortunate enough to have Mr. McCown for a teacher as my brothers and sister did, but I was glad to babysit for them when all of his children were very small. such a nice family. He will be missed very much.

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  • Rhonda Jarrett (AKA) squeekieSeptember 23, 2013 - 9:35 pm

    wow.....as many of us remember what a wonderful teacher and man he was, I have to say I know I really got to know him while he was my principal....since I spent most of my time being sent up to his office! lol may he rest in peace, and my prayers go out to his family, so sorry for your loss,

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  • Aradia TurnerSeptember 24, 2013 - 6:58 am

    He was a wonderful man. My heart hurts for those close to him. I have been away from Sierra Ridge now since 2005 but I still remember his smiling face and contagious personality. Rest is peace Mr McCown, you will be deeply missed by many.

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  • Stacey Carbine-HillSeptember 24, 2013 - 11:10 am

    Not only was this man an incredible teacher and principle but he was such a wonderful, caring and loving person, in school or out. I was truly blessed to have him as my 3rd grade teacher at Pollock Pines School and later as the principle of Pinewood.

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  • KarenSeptember 24, 2013 - 11:46 am

    Mr.McCown was truly a great man. Both of my sons were blessed to have known him and I am grateful for his influence in their lives. Our prayers go out to his family, friends, and the whole community.

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  • BethSeptember 24, 2013 - 12:26 pm

    Beth

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  • BethanySeptember 24, 2013 - 12:43 pm

    A great man indeed! My utmost favorite teacher ever. I hope he realized how significant he was to his students. Our community has suffered a great loss, but how blessed we were to have him. Condolences to his family and all who knew him. You are greatly loved and missed, Mr McCown.

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  • Jane MontalbanoSeptember 24, 2013 - 3:32 pm

    Please know McCown family the positive attributes that your loved one, Mr McCown gifted to my children. Such a beautiful education, such a beautiful educator. Peace be with you.

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  • david greenwoodSeptember 24, 2013 - 10:10 pm

    my sister wrote a song about him while we were in school at pinewood sometime around 78-79. sung to the tune of the mickey mouse club. m c c o w n m o u s e mccown mouse, mccown mouse forever let us hold our gym shorts high. come along and sing a song and join the wrestling team m c c o w n m o u s e Rest in Peace sir

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  • Rhonda HammondsSeptember 25, 2013 - 4:57 pm

    His external light went out, but his eternal light will burn forever. We lost one of the finest educators my family and so many others have had the privilege of knowing. Bill McCown WAS Pollock Pines School District for too many years to count. He taught and educated in every capacity available in the district for approximately 40 years changing and shaping the lives of children and families. He was the most wonderful example of a human being and he will be missed always. If ever there was a role model to look up too, he was the one. Godspeed to you and heaven just got a little wiser and brighter with your sweet smile. The Hammonds' Family

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  • Shannon McDougallSeptember 27, 2013 - 4:40 pm

    Mr. McCowan was a true educator in every sense of the word. He was warm, compassionate, and dedicated. I have nothing but fond memories of this wonderful man. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

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  • Matt DuganOctober 21, 2013 - 12:30 pm

    Mr McCown was a hero to all. Thanks for the memories. Matt Dugan

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