Sept. 1, 1953 — Feb. 27, 2012
William H. “Bill” O’Bryan, 58, of Albany died Monday at his home.
The son of Hugh R. and Mary G. (Henry) O’Bryan, Bill was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He played football for the Carma Colts in Calgary, where he was noticed by a scout for West Hills Junior College in Coalinga, Calif. He moved to California and played two seasons before transferring to Oregon State University to finish his career. While at Oregon State, he met Diana (Luster) and they were married Aug. 16, 1980, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Albany.
Bill began working at Stokely Van Camp in Albany during the summers and stayed in the food business for the rest of his career, working at Flavorland Foods in Forest Grove, and later National Frozen Foods where he was named general manager in 1999.
Bill was a community leader in every sense of the word. His service was consistent, dependable, diverse and touched countless lives in the Albany area. Bill was an advocate for youth, and his work with the Albany school board (he served as chair for the 2008 bond campaign), the West Albany Booster Club (he was president) and with the Albany Boys & Girls Club was some of the most rewarding of his life. Bill was involved in every corner of Albany. In 2008 he served as chairman of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce board, and as chairman of the Mayor’s Task Force that developed the financial plan for the Albany water system. Dedication to his community earned him Albany’s Jim Linhart First Citizen Award in 2005, and Bill was the sole nominee for the 2012 Distinguished Service Award. Bill cared deeply about every part of his community; he was a role model, mentor and living example of “service” to all who came in contact with him.
Survivors include his wife, Diana of Albany; daughter Karsen of Albany; sons Zac of Los Angeles and Elliott of Albany; brother Wally O’Bryan of Calgary; and sisters Corry Ross and Kelly Body, both of Calgary, and Maureen O’Bryan of Mission, British Columbia.
A celebration of Bill’s life will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, followed by a reception at the Albany Boys and Girls Club.
Contributions may be made to the Albany Boys and Girls Club or the WAHS Bill O’Bryan Scholarship Fund in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 Washington St. S.W., Albany, OR 97321.
Online condolences for the family may be posted at www.fisherfuneralhome.com.