Bill Baldwin will be Grand Marshall for the 2018 Burney Basin Days Parade on Saturday, July 7.
Mr. Baldwin was born in Omaha, Nebraska and lived in Utah and Idaho before moving to California around the end of World War II. After graduating from high school, he married his first love Sue. Together they had four wonderful children: Nanette Marie, Janine Rose, Daniel Joe, and Dean Carrol. He earned a Bachelor’s degree and is a member of the St. Francis Catholic Church in Burney.
“Burney has been my home for 46 years and has been the most tragic and the most wonderful experience of my life. On New Year’s Day 1985, God called my wife Sue to be with Him – the most tragic day of my life. I met the second love of my life, Tina, and on March 20, 1987 we were married. We have been constant partners in everything we do up to and including now. I loved two girls and I married them both.”
Mr. Baldwin served in the military for 5 and 1/2 years with 31 months combat duty in Vietnam. He was a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger with the 5th Special Forces Group. During that time he received numerous decorations including two purple hearts, two bronze stars, and a Presidential Unit Citation. He was honorably discharged in 1968.
He has worked for Publishers, worked in the woods, worked as a handyman and roofer, and as a substitute teacher. He retired from Shasta County Public Works after 17 years of service.
Mr. Baldwin has helped with many community improvements and served many organizations. He was involved in the restoration of the Little League Park. He coached both Little League and Youth Basketball League. He served on the Fire Board, as PTA president, and as a Burney High School Project Mentor.
He is a life member of American Legion Post #441 where he has served as Youth Commissioner for more than 20 years. This year his family created the Bill Baldwin Community Service Scholarship Fund that is administered by the American Legion. Mr. Baldwin was able to present the first scholarship at this year’s Senior Awards Assembly.
As an original member of the Burney Veterans Honor Guard he served in positions from Rifleman to Commander.
Although he is not a member, he proudly supports Burney VFW Post 5689 and all other Veterans organizations.
Baldwin says that hunting, fishing, camping, and wood gathering are high on his list of activities that he enjoys, but “spending time with my wife Tina and our families is right up at the top.”
Grateful to be named this year’s Grand Marshall, Baldwin humbly said, “I am very fortunate to have been recognized by Burney and my friends and members in times past, but nothing so much as this honor.”