Herod, William I.
May 25, 1931 - February 12, 2018
Bill Herod was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He lived there until he was 16 years old when his parents moved to Independence, Missouri. He graduated from High School in Independence and completed two years of college at a church Junior College.
Herod served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War stationed most of the time at Bergstorm AFB in Austin, Texas. He worked as a personnel specialist attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant in charge of personnel records at Wing level. During his term, he had temporary duty tours in Japan and England.
Upon discharge, Herod enrolled at the University of Texas in Austin and graduated with a degree in Business Administration, Advertising Major. He met his wife, Bette, at the University and they celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary in 2016. After a few years as Advertising Manager with oil field supply company and a computer technology company, he accepted a position with Southern Union Gas Company where he worked for over 20 years.
Most of his career with Southern Union was Advertising Manager. In that capacity, he served as a member of the American Gas Association Advertising Committee. This committee was responsible for working with the association’s advertising agency in the development of national advertising campaigns. He served as a member of the Public Utilities Communications Association and was President of that association in 1983. This was an association of utilities all over the nation, but mostly gas and electric companies. Its goal was to develop standards and techniques among competing companies. He served twice as chairman of Southern Gas Association meetings which did the same thing at regional level. His last assignment with Southern Union was to create an in-house advertising agency which he headed as Vice President for four years. His last position was as an account executive with Point Communications. He was responsible for the Lone Star Gas Company account.
Herod had a life-long interest in horticulture and landscape discover too late to major in these subjects, but he took several night courses through the years. After retirement, he took a 60- hour horticultural course with the Texas Agriculture Extension Agency and then worked as a volunteer at the agency for five years. Following that, he worked as a volunteer for Baylor Hospital for five years.
Active as an elder in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, he served as Branch President for branches in Oak Cliff, Irving, and Dallas for a total of eleven years. He served as the Dallas/ Fort Worth District Bishops Agent for 3 years and as a counselor to the District President for two years. He organized and incorporated the Dallas Restoration Branch in 1980. He was editor of the Branch Newsletter, Kindling, for nearly 40 years which he started and named while attending the Oak Cliff Branch in 1964. He wrote most of the tracts which are available for inquiring visitors. He was ordained to the office of High Priest for the Dallas Restoration Branch on April 22, 2011. These were all volunteer positions.
Herod was active in his neighborhood. He established the Neighborhood Crime Watch Program in 2001 and served Chairman and Block Captain for 10 years. He was a member of the Neighborhood Association Board of Directors for 2 years and served as chairman of the Yard-of- the Month Committee for several years.
Bill and Bette raised three children in Irving and have been living at their present location since 1979. They have five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
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