Phycician, Pilot and Civic Leader

1920 - 2011

William Marland Sammons, a physician, civic leader, and a pilot, was cleared for final departure and lifted his wheels on Thursday, December 1, 2011, succumbing to complications following a hip fracture. Dr. Bill, as he was known to many, arrived in Ashland, Ore., as a general practitioner in 1955, and became one of a small group of physicians providing care to what was then a largely rural farming and lumbering community.

In an era without local specialty obstetrical care, he became known for his skill in delivering babies and it was his great joy to bring many Ashlanders and later their own children (and even grandchildren), into this world.

Dr. Bill delighted in serving his fellow pillots by being an F.A.A. medical examiner. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Bill was active in the community and was instrumental in the construction of the new Ashland Community Hospital in the early 1960s.

Dr. Bill was an avid supporter of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and served on its board. He was a vestryman at Trinity Epicopal Church and served two terms on the Ashland School Board. Later, he was active in the establishment of La Clinica del Valle, and provided many volunteer medical services to the Hispanic community.

Born in Weatherford, Texas, Dr. Bill was a pilot in World War II and flew with the 91st Troop Carrier Squadron of the Army Air Force, leaving the Army with the rank of captain. He subsequently completed his medical education at Tulane University and residency at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. He met his wife, Peggy in New Orleans and they were married in 1948.

Dr. Bill is survived by his children, Laure Trickel, Morgan Sammons (Dan Decena), David Sammons, and Madeleine Fair; four grandchildren, Stefanie Trickel, Karl Trickel, Parker Young and Dominic Sammons; and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, the former Peggy Ann Taylor, who passed away in 2006.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 10, 2011, 11:00 a.m., at Trinity Episcopal Church, in Ashland, Ore. A celebration of his life will occur in the Spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Community Health Center, 19 Myrtle Street, Medford, OR 97504, or to the Ashland Community Hospice through Ashland Community Hospital Foundation.