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William Fairchild Plume Jr (Bill)

- August 4, 2018

William Fairchild Plume Jr (Bill) of Pine died in the earlier hours of Saturday, August 4, 2018, one month shy of his 101st birthday.

Bill was born in New York City on September 5, 1917. He grew up in West Orange, New Jersey attending local schools including Gregory Grammar School and then West Orange High School from which he graduated on June 25, 1934. Among his qualities listed in his Senior yearbook were: ‘Noted for: Being a gentleman’ and ‘Usually seen: On the Honor Roll.’

In September 1934 he matriculated at Lafayette College, Easton, PA. Although he majored in mathematics, he pursued an eclectic mixture of courses including French, German, Sketching, Evolution, Chemistry, Accounting, Astronomy, Economics, Fine Arts, History, and others. In his senior year he was elected to the honorary scholastic fraternity Phi Beta Kappa and was also nominated for a Rhodes Scholarship. He was President of the Math Club, lettered in track, worked on the college newspaper and the Class of ‘38 Yearbook.

In September 1939 he began a graduate course at Oberlin College, Oberlin OH where he majored in mathematics. Early in his time at Oberlin he met Marjorie Laura Batson also a graduate student at Oberlin. They married on June 4, 1940.

He served in the National Guard for a time in the late 1930s. During WWII he worked at Western Electric in their radar development and manufacturing operation. In March 1945 he enlisted in the US Army. During the war years, and for a time thereafter, the family lived in Orange NJ. In the late 1940s Bill and Marjorie thought to move ‘out west’ and decided on Colorado as their preferred destination. The family made the move in May 1949 and settled in Evergreen in July of that year.

Although he held a number of short-term jobs – including the Woodpeckers in Evergreen and Gates Rubber Company – in the mid ‘50s, he found himself in the employ of the Mountain Bell where he rose to the position of Vice President and where he finished his professional life.

He was a well-known and active contributor to the life of the Evergreen community. He was active in Evergreen Players and the Church of the Transfiguration. He was a member of the Board of Directors for both Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Colorado and for the Elk Creek Fire Protection District.

In 1977 he married Dorothy Elizabeth Scudder and soon after that moved to Pine.

He was pre-deceased by his first wife, Marjorie, who died in 1991, by his second wife Dorothy who died in 2014, by his eldest son Michael Fairchild Plume who died in tragic circumstances in 1960, and by a grandson David Roxburgh Plume who died in 1981.

He is survived by his five sons by Marjorie, Gordon D. Plume of Bellingham, WA, Stephen R. Plume of Durham, CA, Russell W. Plume of Plimmerton, New Zealand, Larry J. Plume of Evergreen, and David A. Plume of Niwot, CO and their wives Robyn, Cynthia, Helen, Palma, and Michelle respectively; and by Dorothy’s daughters Wendy C. Roedell and her husband Alan of Seattle, WA and Jill Conklin of the Bronx, NY; and by 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grand-children.

In Colorado, and in Evergreen particularly, Bill Plume found his place to call home.