Bill Harvey, who retired after many distinguished years as the Idaho Transportation Department’s Public Information Officer, passed away Jan. 5 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Boise. He was 81.
Harvey was born Dec. 10, 1924, in Clarkston, Wash., to Charles Augustus and Ethel Bessie (Sutter) Harvey. A product of the Great Depression era, he was an avid reader and an accomplished trumpet player.
After graduating from Clarkston High School in 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at Portland, Ore. and served during World War II in the South Pacific Theater: Noumea, New Caledonia, British Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands, Mariana Islands, Guam and Iwo Jima.
Attached to the Third Division, he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with Bronze Services Star, World War II Victory Medal and the Honorable Services lapel button for World War II.
Sgt. Harvey was discharged on Dec. 18, 1945. Soon after, on Jan. 6, 1946, he married Georgette (Terry Turner Klass). Together they began a journey that lasted for the next 60 years.
Harvey was instrumental in the creation of Idaho´s first television station KIDO-TV, later known as KTVB Channel 7. He served as film director, editor, news anchor and weatherman. Later he served as public information director for the State of Idaho Department of Highways and the transportation department.
Retiring in 1986, he continued his lifetime passion of freelance writing. He produced three novels, hundreds of short stories and numerous articles.
Harvey graduated from the University of Washington, with graduate studies at the University of Oregon and Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow School of Broadcast Journalism.
A memorial will be announced later.
His ashes are to be spread at Harvey Lake near the site of the Hope, Faith and Charity Mine in Alpine County, Calif., the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers, the Highlands of Perth, Scotland, and the island of Guam.
The family thanks all of those who helped him the last few years in his struggle through life. In lieu of flowers, the family asks friends to toast at night to the stars in heaven in honor of him and to the honor of the United States Marine Corps. "Semper Fi" You don´t need a weather man to know which way the wind blows...