Willson Bloch: Four Corner's Environmental Champion
Willson Bloch passedaway onAugust11th, at age 70. Born to Ethyl and William Blochof Fort Wayne Indiana.HegraduatedElmhurst High School Classof1968 and attended the University of Michigan.Willson loved to the Southwest to pursue his goal of protectingthe environment by pioneering into the field of renewable, sustainable energy.His passion was the environment, but the real loves of his lifewerehis two children,NakoiaRay andKiauniPaewai-Bloch. He is alsosurvivedby his son-in-law, Hunter Ray, daughter-in-law, Kira Smith, sister, andbrother-in-lawPam and Michael Malicoat, and will live on in the spirits of numerousothers.
Willson was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, a progressive, neurological debilitation of his body. For over a decade he fought the onslaught head-on through diet, exercise,work,and medication. He was an inspiration to all as that courageous battle continued toimpacthis body but not his spirit.
Willson took pride in his children, his work ethic,and his personal code of living.As CEOofSunburstHorizons, he worked toprovidesolar energy to the Four Corners to decrease the use of fossil fuels. Commercial and residential buildingscontainsolarpanels throughout the Southwest. Hisguiding principles inhis personalandprofessional life were honesty, integrity,a sense of community, sharing with his fellow man, andrespect for people and the environment.He gave his time,money, and efforts in support of preserving and protecting our environment and natural resources. He disliked greedy corporations, hypocrites, those who polluted or littered, and those who turned their backs on people in need.
Father,businessman, athlete, friend, former lover, international traveler,outdoorsman,citizen,and champion of our natural resources; these are just a few things Willson will be remembered as. He was all of those and more. Willson was a role model and he knew the impact ofwords.He was a writer of poetry, letters to the editor, philosophical sayings, and countless jokes. He used words to express social commentary, life lessons, love,
compassion, and empathy.Willson disagreed with the attitude that "Only the broken can change." He believed everyonecouldchange for the good if they could'see instead oflook,'help those in need, try to make people smile,and treat everyone with respect.
Known for his good nature, sense of humor, and ability to make anyone laugh,Willson'scolleagues, customers, friends, family, and neighbors will all miss hispresence. He touched the lives of hundreds, made a difference for many, and taught those who would listen. Those of us who knew or met himarebetterpeople, who now livebetter lives. His spirit lives onin his children,NakoiaandKiauni, who will touch lives by just being like him. In
lieu of material contributions, do as Willson would do, and try to make someone smile.
Rest In Peace.
Published by The Journal on Aug. 27, 2021.