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William Orr "Bill" Swan, III
March 23, 1952 - June 04, 2011


William Orr Swan, III (Bill) beloved son, nephew, brother, husband and father, was born March 23rd, 1952 in Frederisckburg, Virginia.  Bill journeyed home to heaven from Concord, California on June 4, 2011 after a brief but intense illness. He is survived by his parents, Rev. William Orr Swan, Jr, of Grass Valley, California, Mary Anita Bennett of Camptonville, California, his aunt Jane Duffield Swan of Nevada City, California, his sister Anne Solik of North San Juan, California, his sister Virginia Swan of Shorline, Washington, his wife Kathleen Swan of Redmond, Washington, and their daughters Elizabeth Weitzel of Vacaville, California and Heather Rowland of Redmond, Washington.

Bill received his Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara Magna Cum Laude in 1978.

Bill's engineering career began at E2T in Carpinteria, California while he was in graduate school.  It continued in San Jose with Paratronics (later sold to Nicolet), then in Santa Cruz with Alspa Computer, then on to Redmond, Washington with Applied Microsystems, then on to Woodinville with Personal Scientific (later Summation - the sold to Fluke).  For a brief while, Bill worked in Lynnwood for CSI, a company that manufactured RF repeater tone panels.  Bill loved start ups and small companies best of all.  Eventually, Bill landed at Alerton in Redmond writing software for embedded systems.  Alerton was sold to Novar, then Novar to Honeywell.

Most recently Bill served as Building Standards Initiatives Leader for Honeywell International's Alerton/Trend division in Redmond, Washington.  Known widely in building automation circles as "BACnet Bill", he worked extensively promoting the ASHRAE standard (SSPC 135)  working on additions and amendments to accomodate new developments in the field.  Bill was a primary resource for all things BACnet and in the growing field of energy management. His travels took him all over the United States and as far away as Bejing and Bangalore, Germany, France, Norway, Belgium, Great Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea and Canada. He was looking forward to an upcoming trip to Rome, Italy.

BACnet Bill remembered by his colleagues and friends BIG-EU  Steve's Software Trek   HPAC Engineering    HVAC Talk   

Bill never forgot where "home" was despite all the world had to offer.  He looked forward to spending time with his family and going camping, hiking, bicycling, taking photographs of places he loved and events he recorded faithfully for the Church website and blog he authored (st-bartholomews.org and continuinghome.blogspot.com) among many other beloved pursuits.  Bill's taste in music ranged from Indian Ragas (the classical ones), Persian Classical Music, Igor Stravinski, early 1960's rock and pop (Cherish is the word...) as well as Irish, Scottish and Welsh traditional music - and yes, the good old Waulking songs.  Bill played the highland pipes and the appalachian mountain dulcimer.  In High School he played Baritone horn and Tuba in band and orchestra. Bill even had a small collection of recorders which he hoped to play with an early music group.

 

Graham-Hitch Cremation and Memorial Center of Danville, California, prepared Bill's earthly remains and sent them home to Washington.  It was his request that he not be buried, but that some of him be scattered in various places that were near and dear to his heart.

A memorial service is planned at St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church Woodinville, Washington soon after the 4th of July .

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