ForeverMissed
“Enjoy every day on purpose,” was the mantra often shared by William Russell Croyle, who was born on February 8, 1920, to William R. and Minnie Snapp Croyle in Spokane, Washington. He passed away peacefully at home in his sleep on April 12, 2021, in Santa Ynez, California.

Bill enlisted in the Marines in October, 1940, and served in the Guadalcanal campaign. He served in intelligence throughout his military career. His many accomplishments as a Marine included achieving fluency in Japanese. He was on active duty until 1946, including service in China, and again from 1952-55, which included service in Japan. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in 1980 as a Lt. Colonel.

He was employed by Tidewater, Inc. for 25 years (the company named three vessels after him), serving in many leadership roles, from tugboat captain to Senior Vice President, retiring in 1989. At the same time, he was employed by the federal government through the Naval Research Laboratory, retiring in 1991. Throughout this period, he resided in Santa Barbara, California, Morgan City and New Orleans, Louisiana, and again in Santa Barbara.

In 1945, he married Elcena Torrance of Seattle, Washington, who died in their 62nd year of marriage in 2007. Bill and Elcena together created a family life for which we are forever grateful. Bill was a devoted husband and a remarkable father. He was a dedicated autodidact, a passionate reader of books about a wide breadth of subjects, including history, science, language, mathematics, philosophy and current affairs. He was admired by his family, friends and colleagues for his integrity, magnanimity and intellectual rigor. He was an avid collector of facts, words, and quotations. Bill enjoyed family, friends, wine, music, long walks, and a martini at 5:30p.m.

Bill is survived by his daughters Kirby of Sandy, UT and Kim of Santa Ynez, CA, sons William of Littleton, CO and Robert of Rockville, MD, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to either the American Association for the Advancement of Science (https://www.aaas.org/support) or the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (https://engage.mcsf.org/o/51656/p/salsa/donation/c...).


Santa Barbara News-Press Obituary: https://newspress.com/croyle-william-russell/

Posted by Kirby Croyle on June 8, 2021
Thank you, Bob for your thoughtful leadership and clear-eyed perspective. I am smiling ear to ear that your colleagues have recognized you and our father Bill Croyle with such gracious remarks. Fine tribute to you and to our Dad!
Posted by Anne Hartman on May 19, 2021
Dear Bob,
My deepest condolences to you and your family. Your dad certainly had a long, loving, and impactful life. He would have been most proud & beaming from ear to ear to have heard of your Lifetime Career Achievement Award from ASPO--My belated congrats on that accomplishment (also his vicariously!). Wishing you warm and endearing memories of you dad.
Anne Hartman
Posted by Henry Ciolino on May 1, 2021
Dear Bob:

What an extraordinary life! Thank you for sharing with us. Susan and I send our deepest sympathies.

Henry and Susan
Posted by Antoinette Percy-Laurry on April 30, 2021
Dr. Croyle,
So sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. My condolences to you and your family. Losing a dad, especially one so special, is very difficult. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Susan Czajkowski on April 29, 2021
Dear Bob and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Clearly, your Dad's qualities of integrity, generosity of spirit, and passion for pursuing meaning and impact have inspired and shaped your life and career, and will live on with you and everyone whose life your Dad touched. Please accept my deepest sympathies on his passing and know that you and your family are in my thoughts and heart at this difficult time.
Posted by Gary Ellison on April 28, 2021
Dear Bob and Family,

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved father and send my deepest condolences. I enjoyed reading about his his remarkable and impactful life.

All the best,
Gary
Posted by Donna Hopkins on April 28, 2021
Dear Dr. Croyle,

My deepest heartfelt condolences, praying that God arms of love are around you and the family. May God bless you and the family doing this time. Just wanted to leave these words, a man is a success who leaves the world better than he found it; who looks for the best in others and gave the best he had. I'm sure you can see these words in your father.

Donna Hopkins - DCCPS Family
Posted by Carolyn Reyes-Guzman on April 27, 2021
Dear Bob and Family,

Sharing my deep sympathies for the loss of your beloved father. What a beautiful mantra he lived by, and what a blessing to you all that he passed on that philosophy to his family. Wishing you comfort and that you can continue to celebrate his impactful life for years to come.

Warm wishes,

Carolyn Reyes-Guzman

Posted by Leah Mechanic on April 26, 2021
Dear Bob and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences. Thinking of you and your family in this difficult time.
-Leah
Posted by Stefanie Nelson on April 26, 2021
So sorry to hear about your loss. No matter how much time you've had with a loved one, it's never enough.
Posted by Deborah Winn on April 24, 2021
Dear Bob and Family,
Thinking of you at this sad time. What a wonderful and remarkable man your father was. I think I will adopt his wonderful motto to enjoy every day on purpose as a meaningful way to live; his impact will continue to be felt.
Debbie Winn
Posted by Frederic Kim on April 23, 2021
Sending my deepest condolences for your family. What an amazing and heartfelt tribute to your father
Posted by Stacey Vandor on April 23, 2021
Dear Bob and family,
What an amazing life and beautiful tribute. Glad you were able to spend time with family these past couple of weeks.
Stacey
Posted by Shannon Zenk on April 22, 2021
Dear Bob and Family,
It was wonderful learning about your father's life. My deep sympathy to you all for your loss. Please know, like many others, my thoughts are with you during this time.
Shannon
Posted by Monique Alston on April 22, 2021
My condolences on the loss of your loved one. May your family have comfort and strength.
Posted by Yuki Lama on April 22, 2021
Dear Bob,

I am truly sorry about the loss of your father and wish you and your family peace during this challenging time. 

Sincerely,
Yuki
Posted by Mark Alexander on April 22, 2021
Tawnya, Christian, David and I send our deepest condolences. It is a wonderful gift to have had your dad in your life for so many years. What a beautiful tribute to your Dad, his life, family, and service to the nation. Thanks for sharing him with us, over the years.
Posted by Denise Buckley on April 22, 2021
Dear Bob and Croyle Family,

What a beautiful tribute to an impressive man. Your father clearly led a full and admirable life and is much loved. I’m so sorry for your loss.

With deepest sympathy,
Denise
Posted by Denise Lewis on April 22, 2021
My deepest condolences to Bob and family. Thank you for sharing your Dad's life with us. Besides enjoying every day on purpose, he made every day count as seen by his service to his country, building a wonderful family, and a lifelong quest for knowledge.
Posted by Pothur Srinivas on April 22, 2021
Dear Bob and Family,
Our heartfelt sympathies to you and the family. Your Dad was a remarkable individual who lived life to the fullest.
Pothur
Posted by Rick Moser on April 21, 2021
Dear Bob and Family:

So sorry to hear about the death of Bill Croyle. He sounds like an amazing person who had a good run in life.

My condolences.

-Rick
Posted by Bill Klein on April 21, 2021
Dear Bob and family,

Lisa and I send our deepest condolences during this very sad time. Your father was clearly a powerful presence with a big heart, a passionate spirit, and a keen eye for what mattered in life. Thank you for the opportunity to read about him. I hope your many friends and colleagues provide at least some sense of warmth and comfort as you grieve his loss.

Warmly,
Bill
Posted by Veronica Chollette on April 21, 2021
Dear Bob,
Thank you for sharing your father's life with us. He was truly a remarkable person who left an indelible impression in all areas of his life. Praying that many happy memories replace the sting of death with peace and comfort.
Posted by Cindy Auten on April 21, 2021
Dr. Croyle and family,

Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts are with you during this time.

The ICF Team
Posted by Susan Krebs-Smith on April 21, 2021
Dear Bob and Family,

My deepest condolences on the loss of your father. What a remarkable man he was! And I love his mantra, "enjoy every day on purpose." Those are wise words to carry forward. 

Sue
Posted by Daniela Seminara on April 21, 2021
I am deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered. Sending my heartfelt condolences.
Posted by Emily Tonorezos on April 21, 2021
Dear Bob and Croyle Family,
What a loving description of a remarkable man. I am very sorry for your loss.
Sincerely,
Emily Tonorezos
Posted by April Oh on April 21, 2021
Dear Bob and Croyle Family,
Sending my condolences and sympathies for your loss of such an incredible man. I hope your cherished memories bring you comfort during this difficult time.

Thank you for your service Bill Croyle -- you have clearly left your mark in world!

Warmly, April Oh
Posted by Damali Martin on April 21, 2021
Dear Croyle Family,

Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. In one of my first conversations with Bob, he mentioned that he was a "military brat" and spoke so proudly of his Dad's service. Please know that you are all in my prayers. 

Warmest regards,
Damali
Posted by Robin Vanderpool on April 21, 2021
Dear Bob,
What a wonderful tribute to your father and his amazing time on this earth. You are a shining example of his "integrity, magnanimity and intellectual rigor". Please accept my sympathies during this difficult time.
Sincerely, Robin Vanderpool (DCCPS)
Posted by Kathy Helzlsouer on April 21, 2021
Dear Bob and family,

My condolences to you and your family. What an impressive life and contributions your father made. I am struck that he was in Guadalcanal - perhaps he and my father (Army) passed by each other there! That was the generation of deep service to country and family. We should all try to "enjoy every day on purpose." Kathy
Posted by Danielle Daee on April 21, 2021
My deepest sympathies for your loss. Certainly, his was a well-lived life full of purpose and love.
Posted by Charm Chenjo on April 21, 2021

I wish your comfort and strength during this time.
Posted by Christine Crawford on April 21, 2021
Sending my deepest and sincerest heartfelt condolences and prayers to your family at this time.  - Christine Crawford (DCCPS)

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Posted by Kirby Croyle on June 8, 2021
Thank you, Bob for your thoughtful leadership and clear-eyed perspective. I am smiling ear to ear that your colleagues have recognized you and our father Bill Croyle with such gracious remarks. Fine tribute to you and to our Dad!
Posted by Anne Hartman on May 19, 2021
Dear Bob,
My deepest condolences to you and your family. Your dad certainly had a long, loving, and impactful life. He would have been most proud & beaming from ear to ear to have heard of your Lifetime Career Achievement Award from ASPO--My belated congrats on that accomplishment (also his vicariously!). Wishing you warm and endearing memories of you dad.
Anne Hartman
Posted by Henry Ciolino on May 1, 2021
Dear Bob:

What an extraordinary life! Thank you for sharing with us. Susan and I send our deepest sympathies.

Henry and Susan
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William R. Croyle and Elcena Torrance Croyle

Shared by Kirby Croyle on June 6, 2021
Love of his bride, Elcena, and of his kids (of which I am one), along with his love of learning, of maps, books, and exploring differing world views across space and time makes my Dad more than remarkable. That my mother, Elcena Marie Torrance met him, loved him, married him and  raised we four children with him with grace, grit, and humor makes me proud.  

Both were loving, interesting adults.  Both were great readers. Each celebrated what they loved in their words and shared those wisdoms with me and my siblings. History, science, and all the "ologies" of non-fiction (Dad). Journalism, new ideas,  and all the "ocracies" of politics and of great fiction (Mom).  

I get to celebrate each of them every single day.  I am proud to be their progeny.