William (Bill) Howard Paden | 1934-2017

William (Bill) Howard Paden passed away peacefully on Sept. 7, 2017 from the complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was born May 1, 1934 in Peoria, Illinois to Howard William Paden and Josephine Chevario Paden. Bill loved life and people.

He spent 45 years helping others through his work as a psychotherapist and clinical social worker (MSW). He practiced at a private psychiatric (Psychoanalytical) clinic, 2,600 Euclid, in Cincinnati, Ohio; as a clinician at the Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah; trained medical residents in psychiatry in the use of T-Group Therapy at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Utah Medical School for ten years; provided privately contracted mental health services for the state of Utah; and as a private practitioner in Elko, Nevada providing services for the Employee Assistance Program at Barrick Goldstrike Mines, the Juvenile Court and other community agencies. Bill loved outdoor activities that he could share with others such as backpacking, fishing, camping and boating. Riding motorcycles, driving fast sports cars and “building parts” for his car or bike, a ballet bar, a home or a boat were his other passions.

A special “thank you” to our family and friends for their love and support during Bill’s illness. Your visits, phone calls and chats together comforted him greatly. Thank you to the staff of Hospice of the Northwest, Life Care of Skagit Valley and Island Hospital Home Health Services, for their compassionate care. Bill’s good sense of humor was appreciated by all during this difficult time. Bill is survived by his wife, Georgia Paden, of Friday Harbor and family in Issaquah and Seattle, WA; Cincinnati, OH; Salt Lake City, UT; Boston, MA; Los Angeles, CA; and Vancouver, B.C. A remembrance service for family and friends will be held this Fall in Friday Harbor.