Monday, December 11, 2017

"Be Prepared"

Bill Harlow was born in South Carolina. At age two, his mom moved to Oregon with him and his sister. She remarried and then Bill was also raised with a stepsister. Bill's stepfather came into his life when he was five years old and introduced him to Cub Scouts. He eventually became his Scout Master, and Bill made it all the way to Eagle Scout, a feat only 5% of Scouts achieve. Bill enjoyed numerous Scout activities and learned to always "Be Prepared" in life. He grew to love the great outdoors and became an avid hunter and snow skier while growing up. Bill lived in the same Troutdale house until graduating from Columbia High School, which is now Reynolds High School. He joined the Army after graduation and was stationed in Nirenberg, Germany. His unit went to the first Gulf War and was stationed there for seven months. His total time in the Army was three and a half years. After leaving the Army, he began working at the Army Corp of Engineers and was attending Mt. Hood Community College simultaneously. His mom passed away shortly after he returned from being in the Army. Her death had a strong impact on him and he dropped out of school and began bartending at Tad's Chicken N' Dumplins. This is where and when he met his wife Samantha! They dated a year and then married. After meeting at Tad's, they both immediately left and moved to attend college. She attended the Univ. of Oregon and he began classes at Lane Community College. Bill finished his two year degree and then transferred to the Univ. of Oregon to earn his degree in Journalism. Bill graduated and they both moved to Los Angeles to find work. They lived four years in L.A. where he was an actor and did camera work. They eventually moved back to Corbett to be near Samantha's family. His stepfather remarried and he gained five additional stepsisters. Bill began attending Pacific Univ. to earn his Masters of Teaching degree. Son Aiden was born in 2007. Bill began working for Reynolds Middle School as a Learning Specialist for 13 years. Samantha's mom died, so they sold their Corbett home and moved onto the Corbett farm with her father to help care for the farm. Instead of raising cows like his in-laws, he and Samantha are raising goats. Their son Aiden is now a 6th grader at Corbett. A short time ago, an opportunity opened up at Corbett and Bill jumped at the opportunity to work in his home district! He is currently the Corbett High School Learning Specialist.  His family spends a great deal of time together. They cross country ski, fish, play board games and often just hang out on their farm!

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