William Shepard Zick died on June 9, 2003, at his home in Craig, after a long battle with cancer.He was 54 years old and had been a resident of Craig for more than 10 years where hewas a professional heating and refrigeration specialist.
Zick was born in Welch, W.V., in August of 1949 to Hazel and Edgar Zick, who was a civil engineer for US Steel Corporation. He grew up there with (and is now survived by)his brother, Karl, 64, of Corpus Christi, Texas, his sister, Helen, 62, of Evergreen, Colo., and his brother, Bruce, 52, of Lakewood, Colo.Zick kept his family on their toes with his antics. One of his sister Helen's favorite memories waswalking into his bedroom when he was 6 years old, as he was jumping out of his second story window. He wanted to see if by moving his arms he would fly across the alley or go straight down.e landed on the hill across the alley unhurt.
His obvious intelligence and curiosity showed when at 10, he rigged a telephone line from his family's house to his best friend's house two lots away and it worked.
When Zick's father died at age 52, his mother took the family on a tour of the country looking for a place to settle down.hey finally settled in Boulder, Colo., where Bill graduated from Boulder High School. He then began his professional career as an air weather specialist in the U.S. Air Force and traveled to many corners of the globe.e chased tornados across the Midwest, sending up weather balloons and served in Thule, Greenland, where he said there was a girl behind every tree (but there were no trees) and had an awesome assignment in Barbados.
After he left the Air Force, he moved to Denver where heas a waitert The Hungry Farmer.When Copper Mountain was first being developed in the early 70s, he moved to Copper andorked on the staff ofarley's restaurant for 15 years. Next, he followed his natural talents in mechanical engineering and attended the Denver Institute of Technology, graduating with high honors in heating and refrigeration.
From there he moved to Craig and went to work for Burrows Electric Co., where he spent the rest of his active professional life servicing people in trouble around the Craig area.
Zick's favorite pastime was fishing and he spent many hours in the streams of Colorado trout fishing.wo highlights in his love for fishing were in Mississippi in 1986 when he caught a six-pound speckled sea trout in the surf of Horn Island and a 15-pound redfish on his fly rod with his brother Karl. His other passions were playing bridge and making his personal computer do magical things. He wento numerous duplicate bridge tournaments in Las Vegas,ev.,ith his sister, Helen, and friends, and spent countless hours mastering the many facets of computer hardware and software.At the time of his death, he was well on his way to obtaining a degree in computer science.
Zick had arue will toive and his last four years fighting the devastating effects of TB and cancer attest to his grit for surviving. His life was spent doing what he knew and loved best and touching the lives of the people around him.He was dearly loved by his family and friends and will be sorely missed.
There will be a family memorial at Copper Mountain in August, and a memorial in Craig at a