Juneau resident William "Bill" M. Paulk Jr. died Sept. 7, 2007, at Providence Alaska Hospital in Anchorage.
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He was born April 22, 1939, in Tifton, Ga. He graduated from Tifton High School in 1958, and three days later began his 22-year distinguished career in the U.S. Coast Guard.
In 1963, he married his hometown sweet heart, Myrtle Wilson. Together they raised their two sons, Ronnie and Rodney. He retired July 1, 1982, in Juneau and began his second career with the city Public Works Water Utilities in January 1983.
"He found great joy being a part of the U.S. Coast Guard and city of Juneau," his family said. "To say he loved his job would be an understatement."
He loved the outdoors, boating, fishing, camping, hunting, sports, travel and most of all, spending time with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, William M. Paulk Sr. and mother, Weylene Paulk of Tifton, and brother Milton of Burkburnett, Texas
He is survived by his wife, Myrtle Paulk; son, Ron Paulk and his wife, Chris, of Anacortes, Wash.; granddaughter, Jacinta, of Anacortes; great-grandchildren, Jasmine and Kevin, of Anacortes; son, Rodney Paulk and his wife, Jamie, of Juneau; brothers, Glenn Paulk, of Tifton, Dana Paulk and his wife, Deborah, of Sharpsburg, Ga.; and many nieces and nephews in Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and Texas.
According to his family, he loved the sea and wished to have his ashes spread there. His family will honor his request.
The family wishes to thank all the St. Ann's and Wildflower Court caregivers for the care they gave him during the past years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wildflower Court Care Center, 2000 Salmon Creek Lane, Juneau, AK, 99801.