William Elliott Becker

August 28, 1940 to January 20, 2018

~Always in Our Hearts~

William “Bill” Elliott Becker, age 77, passed away at home surrounded by his family on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

Born to William and Maxine Becker on August 28, 1940 in Cleveland, Ohio, Bill had a happy childhood. His interests included playing the clarinet in a band, debate team and bowling.

After joining the Navy at age 20, Bill traveled the world on various ships including USS Simon Lake, USS Enterprise, USS Prairie and finally the USS Kitty Hawk, specializing in Nuclear Weapons. During this time he developed a passion for classical music and stamp collecting that spanned several years.

Bill met his future wife, a young Scottish lass, Fiona, on one of his tours of duty in Holy Loch, Dunoon, Scotland in 1967. After an unconventional courtship they married in Scotland in 1972, began a family and settled in San Diego in 1976. Retiring from the Navy after serving his country for 30 years, Bill began his second career with Southern California Edison (SCE) in San Onofre, California in Project Engineering.

Bill retired a second time after 15 years with SCE to spend more time with his wife and travel. Bill especially enjoyed road trips and seeking out strange and unusual places. He also began building model train layouts.

Adding to the enjoyment of retirement was the arrival of not one, but seven grandchildren (six rambunctious boys and one sassily sweet girl) within a five year period. Being known as ‘OPA’ was one of his greatest joys. He had a unique sense of humor and never missed an opportunity to teach and tease them.

Bill is survived by his wife of 45 years, Fiona; children Gwen, Ian, Moira and Sheona; grandchildren Nicholas, Noah, Rex, Bradley, Olivia, Troy and Travis; sister Judy and brother Bob and an extended circle of family and friends.

William E. Becker will be laid to rest on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 10:00am with full military honors at:

Miramar National Cemetery

5795 Nobel Drive

San Diego, CA 92122


Please arrive sharply at 9:30am as we will have a car processional to the burial site at 9:50am.

Note:  Floral arrangements can not be accepted for this military service.

A memorial service and reception will follow at 11:30am at:

Trinity Church

3902 Kenwood Drive

Spring Valley, CA 91977


Celebration of Life

  • Date: February 7, 2018
  • Time: 11:30 AM
  • Location: Trinity Church
  • Address: 3902 Kenwood Drive Spring Valley CA 91977
  • Directions: Trinity Church


  • Date: February 7, 2018
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Miramar National Cemetery
  • Address: 5795 Nobel Drive San Diego, CA 92122
  • Directions: Miramar National Cemetery

Bill, being the oldest of the Becker cousins, set an excellent example for us. So sorry for your loss, Fiona, and may you find peace and strength with your family and friends.

Tom Becker on February 02, 2018

Sorry to learn of Bill's passing. :( Marie & Jerry

Marie & Jerry Huston on January 27, 2018

Fiona--so sorry for your loss. Thank goodness you have all the wonderful memories. Hugs JUDY

Judy Seeger on January 26, 2018

Dearest Becker Family, We had the honour of knowing Bill through the marriage of your daughter, Sheona, to Jon. It is with deep sadness that we learned of Bill's recent passing. We know what a difficult time this is for all of you. We send our love, our compassion, and our prayers. God Bless.

Jan Lane, Kevin Lane, Bethany Whitwer on January 26, 2018

Dearest Fiona, Gwen, Ian, Moira, Sheona and Family, I am deeply saddened to hear of Bill's passing. I have only fond memories of him during my stay in San Diego and can't imagine how difficult this must be for all of you. You are all in my prayers and thoughts. Lots of love, Gavina & Family xoxoxo

Gavina Lovicu on January 25, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss.

Val Pinkerton on January 24, 2018

Behind his sense of humor was the ability to create a lesson. We will dearly miss those lessons. Love the Russell's

Neil Russell on January 24, 2018

Wit,brilliance & gentleness first come to mind when thinking of this consummate family man.Bill's memory will shine brightly upon us all.Cathy & I send our profoundest condolences to dear Fiona & all the family.May God hold him securely.

Jim & Cathy Cregg on January 24, 2018

Dear Fiona, so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending my sympathy and hugs. Love Maggie (Rusty’s Yorkshire friend)

Maggie Smith on January 24, 2018

Dear Fiona, God bless you and the family during this difficult time. You are surrounded by love. Bill can now rest in peace. May you find peace in your family and friends. With Love, Ranee Hill

Ranee Hill on January 24, 2018