CAPT. JOHN WILLIAM (BILL) LANDREGAN, JR.
CAPT. JOHN WILLIAM (BILL) LANDREGAN, JR. Capt. John William (Bill) Landregan, Jr. was exceptional from the start, arriving on this earth with not one, but two, birthdays. Born June 9th, 1926 in the then Territories of Hawaii, his birthdate wasn't reported by the naval hospital until the 11th, making the latter the official date on his birth certificate. He was the middle of three children born to John William Sr. and Edythe (Lundell) Landregan. Bill spent his formative years in Hawaii, where his father served as operating superintendent for McCabe, Hamilton and Renny and later as an officer in the US Navy Supply Corps. Bill attended high school at the Punahou School in Honolulu where he was described as a good student distinguished by "his friendly attitude and good humor." Known as "Iron Johnny," he excelled in athletics, participating in basketball, track, baseball and football (both offense and defense). He witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor from his backyard when he was 15 and two years later joined the Merchant Marines, with whom he served during the latter part of World War II. After the war, he attended college at Portland University and St. Mary's College and earned his Master Mariner license. He married Beverly Byron in Walnut Creek, CA in 1950 and soon after was deployed on a Navy destroyer during the Korean War. Bill was proud to have served his country in two wars during his lifetime and mentioned his service often. After he was discharged from the Navy, Bill spent 46 years working for Matson, first at sea as a deck officer, later overseeing container operations from shore in San Francisco, Seattle, and Oakland, and finally serving as Marine Manager in Hawaii before he retired in 1990. He and Beverly raised four daughters: Dale (married to Mark Walker), Lora (married to Peter Hicks), Linda (married to Ray Faulkenberry) and Dona (boyfriend Tom Barnett). After his retirement from Matson, he returned home to Walnut Creek, where he enjoyed spending time with his daughters and grandchildren. He cherished summer visits to his family cabin in Lake Tahoe, where his regular success in the Outdoorsman annual fishing derby won him the nickname "Kokanee King." A devoted husband until the end, he sold his beloved house in Walnut Creek a few months before his death and moved with Beverly to Washington so that she could receive Alzheimer's care at a memory clinic in Port Orchard. Bill's final days were spent on BBQs, picnics and even a few luaus with Bev at his side. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Jacquie Landregan Sipes, and is survived by his wife, four daughters, four grandchildren (Meaghan, Wesley, Denise and Derek) and sister Patty Landregan. The family chooses to hold private services in memory of Bill. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the SS Jeremiah O'Brien National Liberty Ship Memorial (1275 Columbus Ave Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94133) and Lindsay Wildlife Museum (1931 1rst Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94597).
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