Bill Logan obituary

This obituary provided by Bill’s daughter,  Janice Logan, as printed in the Beaverton Valley Times, January 6, 2011.

Longtime Beaverton Educator, Willimam Logan, dies

William D. Logan
Dec. 21, 1924 – Dec. 24, 2010

Bill Logan

Bill Logan

At his request, no services will be held for William Douglas Logan, who died Dec. 24 at the age of 86.  Mr. Logan was born Dec. 21, 1924, in Watsonville, Calif., the son B.J. and Vivian Logan.

The family lived in and around the Bay Area and Southern Oregon until 1929 when they settled in North Portland, where Bill attended Elliott Elementary School.  They moved to Southeast 25th and Powell Boulevard in 1935 and he completed eighth grade at Grout Elementary School.  In January 1920 he enrolled at Franklin High School, graduating in January 1943.

During his senior year, Mr. Logan was the center on Franklin’s city champion football team which was undefeated and unscored on in nine games.  He and four of his teammates were selected to the all-city team, and in October 2007, he and four members of the team were inducted into the Portland Interscholastic League Hall of Fame.

Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving until March 6, 1946.  He was a sergeant on the islands of Guam and Tinian and in the invasion of Iwo Jima in February 1945.

After his service, he entered Oregon State College, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.  He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in June 1949 and continued with education courses at Portland State College.

Mr. Logan married Mary Weigel  Sept. 10, 1949, at St. Agatha Church in Southeast Portland. They lived in Portland while he continued taking graduate courses at Lewis & Clark College toward a master’s of education.

In early June 1950, he transferred to the active Marine Reserves and joined the 4th  105 Howitzer Battalion stationed at Swan Island.  When the Korean conflict began on June 25, 1950, the battalion made ready for active duty which occurred June 25.  He completed all course work and received his master’s in August before the battalion left for Camp Pendleton, Calif.

From October 1950 to the following May, he served in Korea and attended Officers Candidate School at the Marine Base in Quantico, Va.  He was transferred to the West Coast for release and returned to Portland, in August 1951.

Hired for the last teaching position at Beaverton Union High School, his assignment included economics, algebra, biology and American history, as well as cafeteria duty and coaching junior varsity baseball.  The next six years he taught economics and coached the JV football and baseball teams.

Bill and Mary moved to the Beaverton area in the spring of 1952.

In 1958 he transferred to the new Sunset High School as assistant principal and was named principal in 1963.  In 1967 he returned to Beaverton High where he remained for 12 years as principal.  In 1969 he was one of the 40 secondary administrators from the U.S. to spend three weeks visiting schools in Denmark, Russia, Romanian, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and England.

In 1979 he moved to the central administration office and in June 1983 he retired from full-time employment but continued with the district until 1993 on a part-time contract, completing 42 years of service to the district.

From 1970 to 1987 Mr. Logan and his sons and daughter commercial fished an orange and black dory off the beach at Pacific City.  In 1973 the family purchased a beach cabin there, which they kept after the dory was sold.  Mr. Logan continued to spend about half of each year there fishing with friends  or cutting firewood.  In March 1001, he suffered a severe stroke which curtailed his activity at Pacific City, and the beach property was sold in 1007.

Survivors include his wife Mary, sons Tom of Scappoose and Quest of Hollister, Calif., daughter Janice Logan of Portland and grandsons Max and Rayce.

In lieu of remembrances, the family suggests “taking your wife, husband or friends out to dinner and enjoying the meal.” Disposition was by cremation with the remains to be interred along with his wife’s at a later date, at Willamette National Cemetery.  Arrangements by Springer and Sons of Aloha.


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