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William “Bill” Earl Badger IV
06/18/1968 — 11/07/2023
From Denver, Colorado | Born in New Mexico
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William “Bill” Earl Badger IV
William Earl Badger IV (Bill Badger), 55, of Denver, Colorado, passed away on November 7, 2023, following a car accident while on business travel in Richland, Washington.
Bill was born on June 18, 1968, to William Earl Badger III (Earl) and Susan Jane Doyle (Susie) at the Holloman Air Force Base hospital in southern New Mexico. Raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he graduated from St. Pius High School in 1986. With a love for the mountains and an avid skier, Bill moved to Colorado and obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, followed by a MA Degree in Mass Media & Communications from the University of Denver.
He started his career working for World Explorer cruises in Alaska and continued to sail with them on Semester at Sea. Bill then launched 25-year career in strategic communications, program management, sales and business development for CH2MHill (Kaiser Hill and their subsidiaries), AECOM, and finally Amentum. His particular focus was leading collaborative teams in pursuit of complex and technically challenging nuclear programs.
In 1997, Bill and Cheryl met and were married in 1999. They shared a love of traveling and both worked on the Semester at Sea in 2000. Bill and Cheryl had four beautiful children: Brianna Demi (Sept 9, 2002 to April 25, 2006), Liam Charles (June 10, 2004), Landon Quinn (June 15, 2007), and Alexa Chelsea (July 20, 2009). Bill and Cheryl raised their kids to be compassionate for life and travel.
Bill was a force of nature and was fiercely passionate about his family and friends. He was a stranger to none and a friend to all. His infectious smile lit up the room, and he was always available for a belly laugh or a shoulder to cry on. He was passionate about gardening and keeping a meticulously landscaped yard. Bill was a loving husband, father, brother, and son, and will be sorely missed.
Bill is survived by his father Earl Badger, mother Susan Doyle, and stepfather Roger Blair; in-laws Brian and Jackie Redrupp; wife Cheryl; children Liam, Landon, and Alexa; sisters Rebecca Peterson, Rachel Badger, and Ava Badger.
Love and gratitude to Bill’s beloved extended families: Badger, Doyle, Redrupp, Blair, Peterson, Wieland, Hudenko, Shanor, Mahaney, Hindenberger, and Calabreses.
Special acknowledgement to the communities & networks that have provided love and support: CU Boulder and Tri-T friends; Semester at Sea family; Green Oaks neighborhood; Amentum family and a long line of consulting industry colleagues.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers and gifts, donations be made to the Badger Scholarship Trust (checks may be written out to Badger Scholarship Trust; or send donations using Zelle under Badger Scholarship Trust – 303-756-1723).
There will be a celebration of life at Olinger Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 6601 South Colorado Blvd, Centennial, CO on Monday, December 18, 2023. Visiting hours begin at 4pm followed by the memorial service at 5pm.
I was very fortunate to work with Bill at AECOM/Amentum. While he was very good at his job and a pleasure to work with, it was the way he brightened every room he was in and treated all around him with kindness/respect that made him one of my favorite people. He was truly one of a kind and the world is a little darker. My deepest condolences to those he held closest.
I was blessed and honored to work with and know Bill. I learned much from Bill about improving written communications to the various stakeholders we dealt with concerning our important work. I always enjoyed his positive outlook and great smile. His integrity and kindness were a great example. Blessings for God’s peace and comfort. Art Geis
I have no words to express my sadness for Bill and his family. I worked with Bill on World Explorer Cruises as he did his internship for CU. He was an absolute STAR, and we all knew he was going on to the like he led. I kidded and called him Robert F Kennedy as he had the look and swagger. Rest in peace my friend!
My deepest condolences to the family .. This happened in the town I live in .. May he rest in peace .. Sending Prayers for his family and friends . 🙏🙏