William Martin Head M.S. ’65 passed away Oct. 22, 2010 after an extended illness. He taught thousands of Salinas Valley students during more than 29 years as a junior high and elementary school teacher. Bill, whose family moved to Soledad in 1907 to start a commercial house and restaurant later known as the Head Inn, which he helped operate for 15 years, was born July 9, 1925. He had been a lifelong Soledad resident until moving to Salinas in 1998. Bill graduated from Salinas Union High School, class of 1943 and attended San Jose College until he entered the United States Navy during World War II later that year where he served until 1946. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Jose State College in 1952 and a Masters from Santa Clara University, Class of 1964. Bill taught math for nearly three decades, most of that time at Washington Junior High in Salinas. His Masonic, Eastern Star and Scottish Rite activities in Monterey County spanned 63 years, including holding nearly every official title at lodges in Carmel and King City. He also was the recipient of the Hiram Award, the highest honor bestowed by a Masonic Lodge and the Grand Lodge of California. His civic activities and volunteering included serving on the Election Board for more than 20 years; being a member of the Soledad Elementary School Board, 1987-91 ; serving on the Monterey County Grand Jury; and working for 15 years with the Monterey County Mathletics Contest. Bill was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy. He is survived by his wife, Lila ’72; son, Bill Head, of Oakland; and daughter, Ann Head Hilton, of San Francisco.

08 Nov 2018