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  1. N7RD

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    My old friend W7DOZ went to his eternal home on November 21, 2017. Bill was a long time Ham and operator with K7UGA Barry Goldwater in and during the Vietnam War. He will be missed by many of us.

    RIP my friend,
    Ron N7RD
  2. K2HAT

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    My Condolences.

    I have not been able to find an obituary, could you share a link please?
  3. K2HAT

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    William S. Franklin, W7DOZ SK

    QCWA Number: 28016

    Franklin, William "Bill" Stuart
    William Franklin, 83, passed away peacefully at a residential care home in Allen, Texas on November 21, 2017 following a long battle with Alzheimer's.

    Bill was born to Laurence W. Franklin and Bernice S. Franklin.
    Bill attended Purdue University for two years then transferred to the U of A in 1954 and was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
    He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1957 and an MBA in 1963.
    Bill was employed by RCA for several months and lived in Thule, Greenland working on the installation of the Early Ballistic Warning System in 1960.
    He ran phone patches from Thule under the call sign of KG1BP.

    Bill was employed for 27 years as an engineer for various companies (usually some permutation of Honeywell/Bull) in Phoenix, finally retiring from Motorola/General Dynamics after several years in 2004.

    Among his many hobbies he was most proud of being a long-time Ham Radio operator (60+ years), W7DOZ, (the highlight was running phone patches during the Vietnam War at Senator Barry Goldwater's Ham Radio Station - K7UGA) as a result, he became friends with Senator Goldwater.

    He was a lifetime member of ARRL, a member of the Central Arizona DX Association (serving one term as its secretary).

    He served as a patrolman, sergeant and eventually a lieutenant in the Phoenix Police Reserves for ten years.
    He joined the Phoenician barbershop chorus in 1983, winning an international championship in 1983. He was a member of several square dancing clubs, a hobby he shared with his wife. He loved music, especially playing the piano, and he really loved his dogs.

    He will be remembered for his outgoing garrulous personality, his willingness to help others in need, and for his love of Mexican food. He will be very much missed by all who knew him.

    He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Doris Emmons, his daughter Dr. Andrea Franklin (Michael Conner), four stepchildren, two grandsons, eight step-grandchildren, five nieces and two nephews.

    He is predeceased by his sister, Margaret Hoener and his twin brother, Robert.

    A Celebration of Life will be held in Phoenix sometime in the Spring of 2018.

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Desert Southwest at 1028 East McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006-2622 or to the Arizona Humane Society at 1311 W. Hatcher Road, Phoenix, AZ 85021.
    Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 17, 2017

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