William Paden Mack Jr

04/20/1943 — 12/17/2023

From Richland, WA | Born in North Island, Coronado, CA

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William Paden Mack Jr

William Paden Mack, Jr., 80, recently of Richland, Washington, died December 17, 2023, at home with his family. He was born April 20, 1943, on North Island, Coronado, California, where his father was serving with the US Navy.

Bill graduated from Hammond High School, Alexandria, Virginia, where he played varsity basketball, baseball, and cross country, and served as senior class president. He was still especially fond of participating in his Class of ‘61 reunion planning group. After graduating from Princeton University in 1965, where he joined the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps, he served on active duty as a Navy Surface Warfare Officer. He later graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, and worked for the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Postal Service. He cowrote with his father a military history novel about WWII in the Pacific.

Most of Bill’s adult life was spent in and around Annapolis, Maryland, where he was a longtime member of St. James’ Episcopal Parish, Lothian. He loved information and remembered most of what he learned, unless it involved making computers or cell phones work and then he had to beg his kids for help. Some of Bill’s favorite activities were playing tennis and beach volleyball, often with his wife when they were younger; telling dad jokes and stories; loving and hating golf; and best of all working on model railroads with his grandson. He was always fascinated by history and politics, although not always happy with the results; and he was mostly always loyal to his beloved Washington Capitals, Commanders, and Nationals teams. He also loved all the family’s pet dogs; family gatherings; coaching his kids’ youth sports teams; and being out in nature, as long as there was no camping or riding animals involved.

Bill is survived by his wife Marjorie (Marjie) Talcott Johnston Mack; sons, Ryan William Mack (Meghan) of Walla Walla, Washington, and Eric Christopher Mack of Stevenson Ranch, California; grandson Reid Stanley Mack of Walla Walla; sister Margaret Mack Opsahl (Michael), of Kirkland, Washington; stepbrother, Henry Day Sutherlin (Pamela), of West Point, Virginia; and stepsister, Saunders Hedberg (Paul) of Walkerton, Virginia; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Paden Mack and Ruth George McMillin, of Annapolis; stepmother, Elsie Sutherlin Mack, of Annapolis; and siblings, Bruce Mack and Ellen Mack, both of whom died in infancy.

Bill was a recent member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Richland. Funeral services will be held at the church, 1322 Kimball Ave, Richland, Washington, at 11:00 am on February 3, 2024, with interment in the All Saints’ Memorial Garden. A reception will follow in the parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 1322 Kimble Ave, Richland WA 99352; St. James’ Episcopal Parish, 5757 Solomons Island Rd, Lothian MD 20711; or Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice, 1480 Fowler St, Richland WA 99352.

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  • I graduated with Bill from UVa medical school in 1972. He was the smartest guy in our class and many of our classmates never understood why he left the field of medicine. I remember him best as our outstanding quarterback on an intramural flag football team. I also attended All Saints in Richland and was confirmed there in 1958. Small world. Best wishes to his family. Jay Morris

    Jay Morris
    February 6, 2024
    Seattle, WA
  • Bill was my medical school classmate. Because I transferred from Dartmouth Medical School as a third-year student, I was the “new kid” all over again. Bill was always very kind to me and I will remember him with affection. Rest in peace, you good man.

    February 6, 2024
  • Two images popped in my head when I learned from Marjie that Bill had died. Calmly pulling up for a jump shot in front of the Hammond H.S. fans. And standing at the auditorium podium as class president. Quiet pose — that was Bill.

    As college roommates (along with John Davis, a third high school classmate) I was exposed to Bill’s sense of humor. Short, complicated jokes that he created — and would explain, as often necessary — and delivered with a slightly twisted posture that I could neither imitate nor describe. But it was uniquely Bill.

    We were always 500 miles apart after school ended, to my regret. Many people will join me in missing Bill.

    John Bowman
    February 2, 2024
    Brookline, MA
  • UVa medicine, Princeton undergrad…what an impressive life and high school classmate who always was kind, thoughtful and quick to find humor wherever he could. I remember the day, with his fathers help, Bill arranged to have a large iron ship anchor that filled a pick up truck bed donated to our high school as we were known as the Admirals. His presence highlighted our reunions and he will be remembered and loved for a long time. Godspeed Bill.

    Burnett Trueworthy FCHHS '61
    January 23, 2024
    Rappahannock County, Virginia
  • THE BEST OF THE BEST!!!!! Cheryl Willy as I called him during our high school years. So many wonderful memories of Bill and the many activities we pursued together. So happy to have been with him during several of our Hammond High School Reunions! The best was the last one 2 years ago. We sat on the couch recalling old times. We agreed we grew up in the best of times with the best of classmates… a closely bonded group which remains to this very day. to those who remain. You will be so missed my old friend. May Marjie know how much you were loved and rest in that comfort. You have fought the good fight and kept the faith. (2 Timothy4:7) Mega hugs coming your way dear Bill, and I will see you again in Heaven my friend!

    Pamela Wooding Gagen
    January 23, 2024
    Scottsdale, Az
  • Bill was a wonderful Hammond High school classmate. Bill was a leader, athlete and person of good humor. I very much talking to Bill at our class reunion. He was great person to know. Condolences to his family.
    Steve Small

    Stephen Small
    January 23, 2024
    Potomac, MD
  • Bill, was a wonderful Hammond High School classmate. I very much enjoyed seeing Bill at class reunions. Bill was a really good person to know.
    Steve Small

    Stephen Small
    January 23, 2024
    Potomac, MD
  • Bill was my brother-in-law. He was an incredibly smart person, who had a wide knowledge base. In his younger years, he was a great athlete who left most of us running on the tennis court to our exhaustion.

    Bill was famous for his self-made jokes that he loved to tell and then explain. His sense of humor was unique and you could count on one or two zingers with each phone call.

    Bill loved sports but my lack of interest in following the stats and scores made me miss out on one of his passions.

    We will miss Bill, his curious quirkiness, enthusiasm of his life and wit.

    Michael Opsahl
    January 11, 2024
    Kirkland WA
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