William Edward Calhoun

December 2, 1966May 5, 2019
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William “Bill” Calhoun, 52, of Sacramento passed suddenly in Sacramento on Sunday, May 5, 2019. He was the husband of Alison Calhoun with whom he shared 23 years of marriage. Bill was born December 2, 1966 in Ventura, California. He was the son of Patricia and William Calhoun. Bill grew up moving from town to town, up and down the state of California with his parents and siblings due to his father’s military career. The family even found themselves in Virginia, as well as the Philippines at some point. Although never anywhere long. Bill was sure to make the best of where he was. He began his life of service at Families First where he acted as a counselor to troubled youth; it is also here that he met his wife Alison. He was a beloved member of River Life Covenant Church and had served on the leadership team as the Facilities Coordinator. He enjoyed being involved in the community, whether it was participating in local recreational sports leagues or helping at River Oaks Elementary School, where all of his five children attended, and his wife Alison is currently Assistant Principal. Bill was an Electrician Contractor employed as Superintendent of Maintenance at Lionakis Architecture firm in Sacramento. A pivotal member within his church community, he was integral in facilitating the creation of the Stepping Stones School at River Life, where he served as Chair of the Board and Facilities Coordinator. Bill was a self-made man. If you needed something, then he would provide it. Period. Whether your problem was big or small, literal or speculative – Bill was the guy to call. Full of disarming humor, he left a wake of smiles wherever life took him. Shy, charming, accepting, always hungry to learn more, it was easy to count on him as a friend. He always put his family first, as evident through the individual relationships with his children, nieces, nephews, cousins, sisters and brothers. He loved fishing, gardening and the ocean. He shared these passions fervently with his brothers, children and beloved wife. Most memorable was his endless passion to be of service to others, a value which he impressed upon all those who knew him. Remembered by his precious wife, Alison Calhoun, children, Billy (Kaylee) Calhoun, Marki Campbell, Chad Calhoun and Elizabeth Calhoun; grandchildren Jeremy, Abby, Emily, Baylee, Joseph and Elijah; siblings, Rebel Ernst, Jeff Calhoun and Steve Calhoun; Grandmother, Johanne Calhoun; Mother and Father-in-law, Lloyd and Janet Cochran; beloved Brother and sister-in-laws, countless nieces, nephews, uncles aunts, cousins and innumerable loved ones and friends. Bill is preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Calhoun and his father, William Calhoun; Brother Robert “Bob” Allmon and Son Bradly Calhoun. A visitation will be held at Nicoletti, Culjis & Herberger Funeral Home; 5401 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento on Friday, May 10th from 5 pm until 8 pm. A memorial service will be held at River Life Covenant Church; 4401 A Street, Sacramento on Friday May 24th at 4 pm.


  • Visitation Friday, May 10, 2019


William Edward Calhoun

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Mike Peckfelder

May 20, 2019

Great memories of Bill in high school so sorry for your loss praying for comfort and the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ to come over your family, I find comfort in knowing he was a Man of Faith and the assurance that some day we will meet again in Christ love Mike class of 84

Greg Taylor

May 10, 2019

Bill was one of the most kind and gentle human beings I have known, and happened to be one of my absolute favorite persons, which is why so many were so drawn to him.
He was a special soul strongly connected to God. Because he was so self aware, you knew him as well in the first 3 minutes of meeting him as you did the first 3 years. I loved him as one of those rare souls that exuded honesty, loyalty, and gods grace, it was a pleasure having known him...
When I think of Bill now, his warm smile and honest eyes behind those thick frames, he was transported from another era when things were better because it was simple and made sense. I admired him for being such a devoted father and husband as he had so much love to give... I remember him standing near his truck, he seemed to embody the honest rugged hard working nature and at the same time seemed to me one of the most gentle and kind humans I have met.

Bill, since this is unanticipated and quite an abrupt upset to me and my family, I need someway to say this: you are someone who has affected my life for the better in so many ways, and I, and my family will miss you so deeply. I pray for your family and my heart swells as I know you dont like leaving a job unfinished. which is why I know you will be watching from above. I love you man, thank you so much for all the kind support and being an extraordinary person...

Pam Calhoun

May 10, 2019

Sometimes God's plan leaves us breathless. Other times it brings us to our knees and we're reminded how fragile life is.

The Calhoun Clan is strong and united. I know you will get through this season of great sadness.

Alison, I wish I could be there to give you one of those long Calhoun hugs that are so very healing. You are in my ❤️ and my prayers. Lean on Jesus, He will keep you ever close.

(Brad and his Dad are probably fishing together, and laughing about something, while they wait for you to join the party).

Joan Calhoun

May 10, 2019

Back in 1992, my late husband, Bill's Dad, introduced me to his sons and grandchildren. I was immediately struck by how great Bill was with children. He was always approachable for comforting, horseplay, recreational pursuits and answering those curious questions only children can come up with, often giving them hilariously imaginative responses. He did the same with nieces and nephews who absolutely adored him.
Bill's warmth ballooned as Alison and Marki, then Elizabeth came into his world. He became a master protector, too.
Bill's older grandchildren will have good memories of his love and attentiveness. As much as we adults mourn his loss, it is an even greater one to grandchildren too young to build those memories with him.

Mitch Golden

May 9, 2019

Bill was as solid as they come, a rock, a man of the highest integrity and honor. He gave selflessly and without condition, a treasured friend that I'll miss dearly.

When I set out to create the team to develop Stepping Stones, my first call was to Bill; not only for his construction skills, but also for his excellent judgment and commitment to his projects. Bill had a knack for creative solutions, both in the boardroom and renovating the facility. His input was invaluable. He never disappointed and became the MVP of our team.

I always looked forward to our long talks about a wide variety of issues. He was thoughtful, educated and insightful, and his humor and wit kept it light and fun. This, I'll miss the most.

We are heartbroken for you Alison and the entire family for your loss. God bless you Bill and God bless the Calhoun Clan.

Mitch, Courtney, and Liam Golden.

Dan Bishop

May 9, 2019

Dearest Cochran Clan,

Chris and I just sat and cried the other day when we heard of Bill's passing -- or, put in a more positive way -- his moving to his Father's home. How empty the feeling, sad the emotions, such a deep sense of loss for us all (especially Alison and her family), and confusing -- as your minds must be filled with many questions. Please know we love you and pray for you regularly. Wish we could be there for you. Hope we will be able to see you later this summer.

Sonja Dubchansky

May 9, 2019

Alison and family,

Just wanted to say how deeply saddened I was when I heard of Bills passing. I remember the work he did on my house and him climbing a twenty foot ladder to unhook my house alarm that was blaring and me not knowing the security code to turn it off. So he got up there with the ladder and unhooked the whole thing. That is the kind man I remember. Anyone else would have said they couldn’t help me. Even though I was the one who told him we never used the system and it was ok to cut the emergency button in our room. That set off the alarm. Bill just laughed when it was over but I felt terrible because it was next to his ears while he was disconnecting it. He was a great guy that will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this time in your lives.

Rachael Hoskins

May 9, 2019

My heart and prayers go out and up to his family and everyone left behind. I served on the Board of Stepping Stones at RL preschool with Bill, and was part of his church family for a long time. Bill was funny, welcoming, and helpful to all. He was a rock at the preschool and volunteered so much of his time and passion to so many. He loved his family, the Lord, his life, and was always willing to lend a hand or an ear. There were times I had challenges, and he was always encouraging and kind. I’m so shocked he’s gone, the world has lost a true champion. I’ll never forget him. Because of Gods promise, it’s never goodbye just see ya later Bill.

Tammi and Mauro Boccia

May 9, 2019

Alison and Family,
Our hearts are truly sad for you all and broken for all of us. Bill was a great person and although as years went by we never seen much of him we did see him often in his children and he was never far from our thoughts. Our prayers are with you all at this time of need.

Love always,
Mauro, Tammi, Samantha and Jeremy Boccia

Alan “Buzz” Glabe

May 8, 2019

I got to know Bill when he was helping us open Willie’s Burgers in Old Sacramento. Bill was a kind, generous, giving, and moral follower of Jesus Christ. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. I am so sorry for your great loss.