Dr. William (Bill) R. Bayliss, a resident of Myrtle Creek since 1955, passed away on February 12, 2011, in Medford, Ore. Bill led an interesting life. He was born in Medford on November 10, 1925, and raised on Mountcrest Ranch in Hilt, Calif. He returned to Medford for his high school years, graduating in 1943. He joined the Navy during World War II, right after high school graduation. He spent most of his time on an oil tanker in the South Pacific and survived a Kamikaze attack off of Okinawa in early 1945. After two years, nine months, and 24 days in the service, he was honorably discharged, and then enrolled at the University of Oregon where he went on to meet his future wife, Vee Alice Gibson. They married on July 22, 1948, in Grants Pass, Ore.
Bill and Vee moved to Davis, Calif., where Bill went to the University of California, graduating in veterinary medicine. After a short internship in St. Helens, Ore., Bill opened his own practice in Myrtle Creek in 1955 and maintained his practice into the early 1990's. Bill was also active with the Elks and Lion's Clubs, as well as serving for a number of years on the South Umpqua School Board.
Dad really loved the outdoors - hunting, fishing and golf, to name a few of his pastimes, and catching that elusive 50 lb. salmon that finally became a reality in 2009. He also loved to travel. As a father, he took the family on numerous road trips around the West, as a retiree, he saw a lot of the world via cruise ship. Dad lived a full life, was definitely a member of the "greatest generation," and will be remembered as a wonderful man and father.
Dad was preceded in death by his parents, Wilfred and Adelia Widstrand Bayliss; his wife, Vee (2003); brothers, Jim and Warren; infant daughter, Susan; and infant granddaughter, Staci. Bill and Vee are survived by sons, Bill (Sally), of Roseburg; and Bob (Bonnie), of Lake Tapps, Wash.; grandchildren, Brian Bayliss, Brooke (Jonathan) Glazner, Anthony Bayliss, Taylor (Alex) Monte Calvo, and Bronte Bayliss. He is also survived by loving nieces and nephews.
No memorial service is planned at this time.