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Former Juneau resident William G. "Bill" Edwards, 65, died Feb. 11, 2006, at home after his effort to beat lung cancer.
He was born to Dwight and Darlene Edwards on Oct. 17, 1940, in Denver, Colo. He married Donna Lee Struck on June 1, 1963.
He graduated from Denver's East High School in 1958. He was educated at Colorado State University and Michigan State University and pursued a career managing natural resources for the U.S. Forest Service. He worked 38 years for the agency in the United States and abroad, including assignments in Spain and Latin America. He completed his career at the International Institute of Tropical Forestry in Puerto Rico following assignments in New Mexico, Arizona, Michigan, Washington, D.C., and Alaska.
He lived in Juneau from 1981 to 1994. He volunteered with the Boy Scouts, National Ski Patrol and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Family members said, "He was a devoted husband and father of two wonderful children. Bill was an adventurous, fun-loving optimist who was concerned about others."
He is preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Donna; his son, Sean Edwards and his wife Alice; his daughter, Melissa Edwards; his brother, Mike Edwards and his wife Mary; his sister, Pat Carlson and her husband Glen; Donna's immediate family, Kathy and Jim Miller, Margo and Wayne Monson, Cecelia and Don Schabow; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life is at 11 a.m., Feb. 24, at the First United Methodist Church in Durango, Colo., with a potluck reception following.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Lance Armstrong Foundation, P.O. Box 130819, Houston, Tex., 77219-0819 or Hospice of Mercy, 3801 N. Main Ave., Durango, Colo., 81301.