William Jay Shaw
January 14, 1962 – July 20, 2020
William Jay Shaw, 58, passed away unexpectedly on Monday evening, July 20, 2020 in his home in Yorba Linda, California. Bill was a native Californian born in San Francisco, who grew up in Fairfax, California, and was a 28 year resident of Yorba Linda, California. Born on January 14, 1962 to William Cooper Shaw and Mary Wolfe Shaw, longtime residents of Fairfax, he was raised with his sister Elizabeth. He attended Deer Park Elementary School and White Hill Middle School in Fairfax, and graduated from Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, CA in 1980. He enrolled at the University of the Pacific (UOP), where he was a member of the Tiger baseball team, and completed his studies in Business Finance in 1984. He went on to complete a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Southern California. Bill started his career at Bank of America and transitioned to being a noted expert in public bond financing, first with the County of Los Angeles and then as a consultant for over 25 years heading his own company. A loving and devoted husband and father, brother, uncle, and friend, he was committed to his large family. He is survived by his wife, Kimberly Kocman Shaw, his son William Henry Shaw of Yorba Linda, California, and his sister Elizabeth Shaw Sparks of Austin, Texas. He was also a brother-in-law to many and a proud uncle to seven nieces and nephews. In his youth, Bill earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was a lifelong supporter and mentor for the Boy Scouts. He was a proud descendent of the nation’s founders through the Jamestown Colony, the Mayflower Descendants, and the California Pioneers. As a man of Strong Christian faith, he will be remembered by his friends and family as loving, compassionate, and fun loving, with a passion for his family, history, sports, and the San Francisco Giants. Bill will be cremated and interred at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Orange, Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, beside his father, and scattered in his beloved San Francisco Bay. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to www.tunnel2towers.org in his memory. The service will have limited attendance but online messages of condolence are being provided under the care of Pacific View Mortuary and Memorial Park in Corona del Mar, California at www.pacificviewcalifornia.com.
- Tunnel 2 Towers
William Jay Shaw
August 11, 2020
Bill was my best friend and my Yorba Linda mom. We shared many laughs and stories sitting together in the drop off and pick up lines at Friends Christian school. We did Boy Scouts, birthday parties, family vacations in Hawaii, 4 of July etc . My favorite memory of Bill is one night the boys were toilet papering at 9 o’clock at night for the first time. Bill calls me on my cell and said this is an embarrassment who’s going to get out there and show them how to do it right. I laughed and said I’m going. And there I was teaching the boys how to throw toilet paper over the trees. Bill I know your showing them how it done up there too. I miss you but I know will see each other again. Love you ,Sue
August 11, 2020
It was an honor to 'give away' my best friend to this kind, upstanding man on their wedding day. I was so thrilled to know Kim would be in his loving hands. Bill was a beautiful being who always brought his best self to his marriage, his work, his role as a dad. Your light is gone too soon bright spirit, but I know you continue to shine in the hearts of those who love you. Blessings and love to Kim, Willie, and all of your family.
August 10, 2020
I meet Bill through my longtime friend and one time neighbor Kim. I was a bridesmaid in their wedding. They were a big part in my life when my husband Dusty died suddenly. I lost contact over the years since I moved to Arizona. Rest in peace Bill. So sad you had to walk through that open door too.
July 27, 2020
Bill as our best man, you needed to make a toast at our wedding. I have watched that toast you made numerous times since then. I get tears in my eyes ever time. I sit here with tears in my eyes and a quivering lip as I think your about elegant toast as I type this. Well my dear friend, someday you will be the one who gets to open the door for me as I stand on the threshold in a downpour, soaking wet and cold. You will open that door and smile at me and welcome me in. When I step in, I will once again feel your love and your friendship. I'll paraphrase one of your favorite John Wayne scenes. Many have cried over your death and many more will. But I won't cry. I won't. Like hell, I won't!
Until we meet again.
Jodi Ferguson Durslag
July 27, 2020
My Pal, My Pinch Hitter
Bill and I met in Economics class at UOP. We would walk to and from class together. We lived in the same dorm and numerous nights at UOP were filled with all sort of shenanigans! My favorite memories that come to my mind are the UOP football games linked arm in arm with you and your parents. Sunday afternoons were always at the movies after studying. You will be missed my ambulance driving, Elvis Presley impersonating pal, and my favorite Delta Gamma date! Thank you for sharing a chapter of your life with me.
Love you dear one. Go in peace and find laughter. I know your Mom and Dad are waiting for you. I know you are in good hands. Love you Billy Boy!
July 26, 2020
It has been 40 years of laughter, crying, and a shared awe of the world we lived in together. You have been the best friend anyone could ask for.
Say hi to those we’ve missed and loved. Baseball will be discussed. Be prepared.
As you have always said to me when we parted, keep your gun hand free and your powder dry. No words can express how much I will miss you. Love you.
July 26, 2020
40 years ago I was lucky enough to meet you! What a gift!
And blessed to have you so dear in my life since then. Through all those years, you were always a constant, a lighthouse to me- keeping me away from the rocks. Your courage and love and wisdom were always there when I needed it most.
You will remain so, but are loved and missed.