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William Albert "Bill" Mehrens

Thousand Oaks, CA


William “Bill” Mehrens went home to be with the Lord at 4:12 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, after an extended five-month illness. During this time, he was held in the arms, hearts and souls of his daughters Kathy and Sharon, and grandchildren, brother and sisters, who all loved and respected him for his lifetime of unconditional love, wisdom and enduring faith.

Bill was born in Butte, Montana on July 24, 1933 to Honour Jane (Harry) and Albert “Bert” Mehrens. He moved with his parents and sister, Sister Jane Albert (Sharon), to Seattle, Washington in 1945 to join his uncles, aunts and families already living there. In the summer of 1948, he returned to Butte with his family.

He met Shirley (Johnson) at a baseball game while she was a concessionaire selling popcorn and hotdogs. The story goes that “she caught his eye and it was love at first sight.” They were married in 1955 and were blessed with two daughters. They celebrated 63 years of a love-filled marriage this past June.

After graduating from Boys Central High School, where he played on the football team, he attended Carroll College. He played all four years as starting running back and his college team won the Conference Championship each of those years. In 1954, he was All Catholic College All American.

In 2002, when interviewed for the book, “Coached for Life” which was written about Bill and John McMahon’s impact on their football players’ lives, Coach Mehrens stated, “It is a privilege to coach another man’s son...Only a person who has coached can understand the special relationship and bond that occurs between a coach and his players.”

He was the Head Football Coach at Great Falls Central from 1955-1966. During those years, the football team won three state championships. Bill positively impacted many students, student athletes, and faculty in his positions as Political Science Teacher, Athletic Director, Head Track Coach and Assistant Basketball Coach at GFCHS. Coach Mehrens was universally loved and respected by his players, as a page from Ed Flaherty’s book, Coached for Life, documents (excerpt from the Great Falls Tribune.)

As a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation for about 20 years, Bill and his family lived in Phoenix, Arizona, Sylmar and Thousand Oaks, California. After an outstanding career with the FBI, he retired and did some private investigations.

Bill is survived by his daughters, Kathleen “Kathy” Williams, Sharon Allen (Bob); brother, Ron Mehrens (Carolyn); sisters, Sister Jane Albert Mehrens (Sharon)and Linda (Mehrens) Dennehy (Mick); grandchildren, Stephanie (Chris) Vail, Annaka Magill (Kyle), Tyler Williams, Anthony and Brock (Allen); great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and mother.

Just as in life, Bill fought the good fight, he finished the race, and he kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, September 21 at Griffin Family Funeral Chapels, 101 E. Wilbur Rd., Thousand Oaks. Rosary will begin at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 22 at St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church, 155 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the Alzheimer’s Association in his name at or 1-800-272-3900.

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