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William Mealer

July 25, 1947 ~ October 15, 2017

Dr. William “Bill” Randall Mealer, of Bozeman, Montana, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Sunday, October 15, 2017. He will be remembered by his family and friends as a loving husband, father, and family man who devoted his life to twin callings - as a surgeon and as an outdoorsman.

Bill was born in Port Arthur, Texas, to Hugh Gene Mealer, a WWII veteran and civil engineer, and Elva Youngblood, a teacher and homemaker. Bill grew up across all of Texas, spanning from the Gulf Coast to the Western Plains, where he developed a passion for hunting and fishing. He graduated from high school in Midland, Texas, and began college at the New Mexico Military Institute prior to transferring to the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology with very special honors.

Inspired by his great uncle Dr. Bane, a family physician in rural Texas, Bill matriculated at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston where he studied under surgical legends Dr. Denton Cooley and Dr. Michael DeBakey. After his internship at Georgetown University Hospital, he completed the Integrated General Surgery Residency Program in Phoenix, Arizona, followed by subspecialty training in both Otolaryngology (ENT) and Plastic Surgery at the University of California, San Diego. He was a star resident and clinician, earning top scores on many of his licensing exams.

Bill practiced medicine in Southern California for nearly 15 years as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at UCSD. Always searching for ways to give back to his community, for over 20 years Bill was director of the organization “Yo Quiero Sera Como Tu” (“I want to be like you”) a philanthropic program providing free reconstructive surgery for children in rural Mexico born with cleft lip and palate deformities. Bill relocated his practice to Bozeman, Montana, in 2001, and continued his unwavering dedication to his patients, never hesitating to perform a “house call” for patients in need, in the ilk of his great uncle’s family practice.  Over the years, many patients sought out Bill to thank him for the positive impact he had on their lives.  He was simply known as “doc”.

Bill dedicated countless hours of his time to better the greater Bozeman community. He was a board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Montana and was instrumental in in the development of their new local recreation center. He served as President of the Gallatin Chapter of the Safari Club International and worked to prevent domestic sheep from transmitting disease to Montana’s bighorn sheep. He served on the Ethics Committee of the local division of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks to protect hunters’ rights and access to public lands.

Bill lived every day to the fullest, using his time outside of his medical practice to explore the outdoors. During a medical mission to Ghana and the Ivory Coast, he solo hunted antelope on the African Plains. While living in California, he ran a guide service and spent countless days hunting pheasant and waterfowl in the remote farmlands and river deltas of Baja. He pursued tuna, dorado, and marlin in the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean. His trips took him all over the world; trout fishing the tip of Patagonia, catching Black Marlin off the coast of Australia, stalking bonefish and tarpon in the flats of the Caribbean and Central America, and going eye-to-eye with grizzlies deep in the Alaskan Bush in pursuit of salmon. He was also an accomplished bow hunter and thrived in the Montana wilderness searching for elk, white-tail deer, and black bear.  He was even featured on Mossy Oak’s Hunting the Country TV show, in an episode entitled, “The Real Medicine.”

Above all, Bill will be remembered for his insatiable zest for life and adventure. The kindness, love, and comfort he offered to his family, friends, and patients, his inimitable storytelling, and the ease with which he made a lasting impression on all those that crossed his path will forever embolden him to those that loved him.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Carol; sons, William Randall Jr., and Robert Gene; and his granddaughter, Ava Grace.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made in Dr. Mealer's name to the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Montana, 3864 Baxter Lane, Bozeman, MT 59718. (406) 587-8442.

We ask for friends and family to share photos and stories celebrating Dr. Mealer’s remarkable life at https://remembr.com/william.mealer

A celebration of Bill’s life is being planned for Summer 2018.

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