Bill was raised in Butte and completed two years at Montana Tech before three years of service in the Army. After service, he completed a Bachelors Degree and, eventually, a Masters Degree at the University of Montana. He lived and worked in Missoula for thirty-five years as an independant insurance salesperson and business owner. After years of part-time living at Flathead Lake, he moved to Finley Point in 2004, where he continues his insurance work and his interest in conservation. He has been active in a number of conservation organizations over the years, including the Flathead Lakers.