Bill Lee Adams
Born: 9/24/1928, Santa Barbara, California
Bill graduated from Santa Barbara High School, and was in his second year at Azusa Pacific College when he was drafted to serve in the United States Army in the Korean War. One of Bill’s great loves, performing magic, was used to entertain and bring joy to the servicemen during the war. He also loved making films, and singing, and used both of the gifts to serve others during his wartime duty. After returning from his service in the Korean war, Bill married Florence June Knight on May 3rd, 1953. June has been his faithful companion, magician’s assistant, fellow river runner, administrator of church shenanigans and presentations, melon salesperson and devoted wife for 61 years.
Bill had a career as owner of Capitol Roof in Santa Barbara, but had many unique side hobbies as well. He owned “Lamp Productions”, where he produced an evangelistic film for Youth for Christ called, “The Searching Generation” as well as a documentary about Central America and the ancient Mayans. He also owned a magic shop and produced many fine magic effects under the name, “Bill Adams World of Magic”. He was a member of the magic societies PCAM, IBM, and SAM and hosted three fun and fabulous conventions for the PCAM. Conventions were in Santa Barbara, and one in Paige, Arizona. He brought joy and laughter to many as “Ling Lee” the Chinese magician, and through the many magic conventions he hosted and sold magic through “Bill Adams World of Magic”. He entertained and introduced many to magic throughout the world in places such as Korea, Japan, China, Singapore, Canada and even the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
Bill was a man of great faith and gratitude to God. He ministered in Missionary Church of Santa Barbara as choir director, Sunday School leader and youth leader and was always doing unique and crazy events to introduce more people to the church and to a God who is not afraid to have fun! He and June moved to Green River Utah in 1991, and served in Green River Bible church through creative Christmas Programs, Easter Egg hunts that spread out over their 60 acre ranch and any fun event that would invite and intrigue people who were searching for meaning in their lives.
Bill also loved the wilderness and landscapes of Utah and took many youth groups and friends on river trips down the Grand Canyon, Green River, San Juan, Cataract, Yukon river and many more places, often with his longtime friend and river runner, Ken Sleight. He also filmed not only the many canyon lands of Utah, but also the action of the rapids, getting dunked more than once. He captured unique footage of the Grand Canyon before the destruction brought about by the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam.
Bill is survived by his wife June, son Troy, daughter Crystal Boecker and her husband Brian Boecker; grandchildren Bayley and Isabella Boecker; brother Glen Adams and his wife Eleanor; sister-in-law Marjorie Kiefer and many wonderful nieces and nephews and their children.
Following a private burial, a celebration of Bill’s life will be held October 25th, 2:00 P.M. at the Green River Bible Church, Green River, Utah.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Green River Bible Church Building Fund to help complete Bill’s vision of a Youth Building.
Video of Bill Adams military burial
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