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William H Adam

March 24, 1926 ~ July 24, 2021 (age 95)



LINCOLN BEACH, Ore.—William Henry Adam Jr. went home to heaven, July 24, 2021, and received his eternal reward.

William was born at his home in San Diego, California, March 24, 1926, to William Adam Sr. of Boston, Massachusetts, and Ethel Yeomans of Allendale, New Jersey. William had two sisters, Jacquelin “Jackie” and Ardythe.

In 1945, William enlisted into the U.S. Army Air Corps and passed the flight test to become a “Flying Cadet”, but World Ward II ended soon after and he was honorably discharged.

William attended San Diego State College where he met Marion Hoover, originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They were married, June 6, 1947. They both graduated from San Diego State where William earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and Marion earned her bachelor’s degree in social work.

William and Marion later moved to Bakersfield, California, where they had four children, April, Arlene, Henrietta, and William III.

William worked for Sears and Roebuck and was a manager in almost every department of the store. William left Sears to work at the Broadway store managing the carpet department until he quit and started his own franchise of Service Master.

During this time he went back to school and received his teaching degree. William began his teaching career as a third grade teacher and went on to teach elementary, junior high, and high school. While teaching, William continued his own education receiving his Master’s Degree from California State University, Bakersfield in psychometry.

William went on to become a professor with the California College system within the discipline of psychometrics and developed aptitude tests in order to create curriculums for many different types of learning behaviors.

While living in Bakersfield, William was a deacon and then served many years as an elder at the Central Church of Christ, where he was key in starting the associated Christian school. William was also the Yosemite Bible Camp Director from 1958 through 1977. William also joined and volunteered with the Civil Air Patrol while his son William III was a Cadet.

William and Marion later moved to Ridgecrest, California, where William was the Director of Counseling at Cerro Coso Community College. Upon retiring, William and

Marion moved to Sacramento, California, where William was a member of leadership at the Royal Rangers outpost at Capital Christian Center.

William and Marion were married 54 years and one month. William’s greatest joys were his faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, his wife, his children, his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren, and helping all children learn and grow.

William was preceded in death by his parents William Sr. and Ethel; his sisters Jacquelin and Ardythe; his loving wife Marion; their daughter Henrietta; Kip Berg, who was the husband of their granddaughter Jennifer; and their grandson Paul.

William is survived by his daughter April Adams from Bakersfield, his daughter Arlene Hollums and her husband Douglas Carlton Hollums from Depoe Bay, Oregon, his son William Adam III and his wife Elaine Adam from Shelton, Washington, his grandson Adam Jones and his wife Samantha Jones from Bakersfield, his grandson David Adams from Bakersfield, his granddaughter Jennifer Berg from Oroville, California, his granddaughter Sarah Hardin and her husband Jeremy Hardin from Portsmouth, U.K., his grandson Zachary Adam and his wife Mariah Adam from Centralia, Washington, his grandson Benjamin Boyle and his wife Mayuri Tanaka Boyle from Tokyo, Japan, his grandson Samuel Boyle and his wife Cecilia Boyle from San Diego, his grandson Ben Adams from Bakersfield, his great-granddaughter Randi-Deen Marlow and her husband Shane Marlow from Williston, North Dakota, his great-granddaughter Camille Adams, his great-granddaughter Addison Jones, his great-grandson Randolph, his great-granddaughter Juliet, his great-great-granddaughter Kimberlyn Marlow, and his great-great-granddaughter Willa Marlow.

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