Bill was born in Salem, Oregon, son of Ann Painter-Britt and Lewis C. Britt. He attended several elementary schools including in Independence, Oregon, Hailey, Idaho, and Portland, Oregon. Bill graduated from Cleveland High School in Portland in 1963. He attended Multnomah Community College in Portland for 2 years, then transferred to Portland State University and graduated in 1967. He was then drafted into the US Army, where he served with the US 7th Infantry Division on the DMZ in Korea. After his discharge from the military, Bill used the GI Bill to obtain his teaching certification from Western Oregon University, and 2 master's degrees. He taught for 3 years at North Bay Jr. High School in North Bend, Oregon, then taught science for many years at Sherwood Jr High School in Sherwood, Oregon. Bill was an avid high-power shooter and attained the high-master ranking in that sport. He loved all outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing and exploring.
He is survived by his wife, Mary of Prineville, daughter Jennifer Oswald of Lake Oswego, Oregon, son Jeffrey Britt of Molalla, Oregon, grandchildren Matthew Struble, Mollie Oswald, Drew Britt, and Adeline Britt.
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