William Crozier

May 10, 1922February 9, 2021

William Carl “Bill” Crozier, who grew up in Chicago, ended his life in Petaluma February 9, 2021 at the age of 98, three months shy of his 99th birthday. Bill wore many hats in his life, traveled to many countries and on one particular merchant voyage, went entirely around the world.

After finishing high school during the Depression, Bill went into the Civilian Conservation Corps as a forestry clerk in northern Wisconsin. At the beginning of World War II he enlisted in the United States Maritime Service (Merchant Marines) and saw action in three theaters, the Atlantic, Pacific and the Far East. In the North Atlantic his ship was engaged in a surface gun fight, torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine. Bill was part of the crew that drifted around for several days before being rescued. In the Pacific his ships were under attack by Japanese aircraft and submarines many times.

During his service in the Pacific, Bill worked his way to engineer and after the war stayed in the Merchant Marine before becoming a boiler and machinery inspector in northern California, then retiring from the Chevron Shipping Company with thirty years at sea.

A resident of Marin County for over 60 years, Bill lived his life to the fullest. Starting a second career to follow his love of fishing, Bill received his certification as party boat captain. Along with running fishing boats, he served as a captain on private yachts delivering them anywhere from Mexico to Canada. Years later he retired again as a private captain.

Bill was a proficient deep sea salt water fisherman. He won many awards for the marlin and sailfish he caught. He belonged to the Golden Gate Fisherman’s Association and was a lifetime member of the International Game Fish Association.

Married for 67 years to Dorothy Crozier, who passed away in 2009, Bill is survived by two daughters, Mary Ann Hobbs of Santa Cruz, Bonnie Jean Sobel of Petaluma; granddaughter Erika Sobel (Jimmy), grandsons Ryan Sobel and Kevin Hobbs (Barbara), and great grandchildren Kamryn Sobel and Ethan Sobel, and sons-in-law Brian Sobel and Russell Hobbs.


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Rich Weiss

February 15, 2021

Very sorry to hear of Bills passing, he was a great guy, a man's man. He didn't always have a lot to say and chose his word wisely.

His WWII experience didn't surprise me, I'm sure throughout incredible chaos he remained cool and calm the whole time and was an inspiration to the other men in his crew.

I have many memorable times spent fishing aboard the Katook reeling in Salmon, he was a great Capitan.

Anyone that knew Bill knows he lived a good joyous life and knows that you Bonnie, were the apple of his eye.

Bill may be gone but not forgotten - NEVER.

Queena Sharp

February 13, 2021

Sweet Mr. Bill,
The joy you shared with so many and the fun you added to all of us is remembered in videos and stories that will never be forgotten. Our times at Tropic Star Lodge were some of my favorite memories.❤️
I will cherish your records of war time ( I have the complete story) bravery and survival along with your recommendations of how to live life well.
I love you sweet Mr. Bill.
As you would always say,
My Queena

Molly Fleming

February 13, 2021

I first met Mr. Bill at Tropic Star Lodge when he was in his early 70's. I was on the boat with him when I released My first Black Marlin on Light line. He was such a joy to be around and so loved life like no one I have ever met in my lifetime. His birthday celebrations where just plain crazy and fun. I gave Bill a carved fishing hook necklace for I believe his 95th birthday and had it made from a Marlin bone and he thought that was so cool. I hope that is passed down in his family so he is remembered for his love of fishing and traveling and life. He truly will be missed by so many people and what a legacy he left behind.