Class of 1953
1953 Maroon Spotlight
William W. “Bud” Sloan, Sr.
August 12, 1934 – December 2, 2017
William “Bud” Sloan Sr., age 83, died peacefully in the early morning of December 2, 2017, in his home in Santa Barbara, California.
Bill was born to William A. and Marie Sloan of Perry, Oklahoma on August 12, 1934. After graduating from Perry High School, he received a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
He was a “Cowboy” in many senses of the word. He was a firm believer that you must always “COWBOY UP.” He worked for nearly 40 years at the Santa Barbara Research Center where he worked on several projects for the US Government and NASA.
Bill will always be remembered as a loving, patient, and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend.
When he wasn’t taking care of and spoiling his grandchildren, Bill loved visiting his second home in Lake Tahoe, visiting our majestic National Parks, and was passionate about restoring his 1963 Chevy Sting Ray Split Window Coupe.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, Charlaine “Lainie” (nee Underwood) and his sister, Respell Vada Johndrow. He is survived by his siblings Raymond Sloan, Joyce Sutherland Milliron and Leo Sloan; and his son William Sloan Jr. (wife Jamie), step-sons, Bundy Wayne (wife Jean) and Montie Wayne (wife Cathy), and step-daughter, Billie Jeanne Norville (nee Wayne) (husband Michael).
Bill is also survived by nine loving grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, at 11:00 am at the Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel, 450 Ward Drive, Santa Barbara, California. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations in Bill Sloan’s name be made to the Santa Barbara Autism Society, 505 East Montecito, Santa Barbara, California 93103.